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Hotz s'Jacob & Co.: 1900 trade mark registration - dancing man holding a coin

Hotz s'Jacob & Co.: 1900 trade mark registration - dancing man holding a coin

Charles Gesner van der Voort (1916-1991) had started his career in Rotterdam, at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC). In 1938, he went to Shanghai for the firm. The Japanese interned him, and most other Dutch nationals, from 1943-45. In camp, he met his wife Nancy and they married after the war. After a leave in The Netherlands, they returned to the Orient, where Charles continued to work for HCHC in Hong Kong.

Royal Dutch Library has a great site for retrieving printed matter, especially newspapers. Several registrations of trade marks were found in Nederlandse staatscourant (Dutch State Gazette), accompanied by a drawing of the trade mark (Delpher.nl).

Hotz s'Jacob was one of the organisations which preceded Holland-China Trading Company, which was founded in 1903. One of the main products it traded was cotton clothing, produced in the East of the Netherlands, Twente.

The caption reads:
"14447
Naam van den inzender:
De firma Hotz s'Jacob & Co., te Rotterdam.
Soort der waren:
Katoenen manufacturen.
Dagteekening waaronder de inschrijving heeft plaats gehad:
23 januari 1900.
Het merk vertoont een man (Chinees) in dansende houding, het rechterbeen opgetrokken op een rots, waaromheen de zee golft. In de opgeheven rechterhand houdt hij een rond voorwerp. Het geheel wordt omgeven door een met gouden ruiten op paarschen grond gevormden rand. In den bovenkant zijn wederom vier cirkels, met in ieder een Chineesche letter aangebracht, in de zijkanten in een rechthoek, in ieder waarvan vier Chineesche letters."

Courtesy Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Dutch Library), Nederlandsche staatscourant, 1 February 1900

This trade mark was also registered in Hong Kong. The 19 January 1901 Hongkong Government Gazette reads:
"The trade marks ordinance, 1898
Application for Registration of Trade Marks.
Notice is hereby given that Messrs. Hotz S'Jacob and Company have, on the 26th day of September 1900, applied for the registration in Hongkong, in the Register of Trade Marks the following Trade Marks:
...
2. The figure of a Chinese dancing on the rocks in mid ocean with his right hand stretched out holding a Chinese Coin.
...
in the name of Hotz S'Jacob and Company, who claim the be the sole proprietors thereof. The Trade Marks are intended to be used by the applicants in the respect of the Cotton Piece Goods of all kinds in Class 24.
Facsimiles of the Trade Marks can be seen at the Office of the Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong and also at the Office of the undersigned.
Dated the 12th day of November, 1900.
Wilkinson & Grist,
Solicitors for the Applicants,
70, Queens Road, Hongkong."

This trademark was transferred to Holland-China Trading Company in 1904.
The Hongkong Government Gazette, 12 August 1904:
"Government notification. - No. 567.
Notice is hereby given that Mrssrs. Hotz s'Jacob & Company have by assignment transferred their nineteen (19) trade marks (15 registered on 20th March, 1901, in respect of Cotton piece goods of all kinds in class 24; 1 registered on 29th November, 1901, in respect of Condensed milk, cocoa and chocolate in Class 42; and 3 registered on 29th November, 1901, in respect of Sewing cotton on spools or reels in Class 23) to the Holland-China Handels Compagnie (Holland-China Trading Company) of Rotterdam in the Kingdom of Holland.
By command,
F.H. May,
Colonial Secretary.
Colonial Secretary's Office, Hongkong, 11th August, 1904."

Courtesy Hong Kong University Library, <a href="https://gwulo.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://lib.hku.hk/database/">https://lib.hku.hk/database/" rel="noreferrer nofollow">lib.hku.hk/database/</a>

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Thursday, February 1, 1900
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Comments

Dear reader,

Can this drawing of a man holding out a coin surrounded by water have a meaning? Is it perhaps a saying, or from Chinese literature? Does it represent good fortune?

And can you recognise the meaning of the text?

Kind regards,

Pieter

Hi Dear Pieter,

I have have just found your label. Sorry for my late translation.

Four Chinese characters at the top means: Less capital can earn lots of money.

Four characters at left means: We made by my own machine.

Four characters at right means: Hotz Firm. 

 

Regards

Simon

Hi Simon,

Many thanks for your translation. It has to do with good fortune after all.

Kind regards,

Pieter