Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Barbara Wunderlich in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

Object Number: 
1937.1823
Date: 
1799
Medium: 
Brown ink, and red and green gouache on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 x 16 3/8 in. ( 33 x 41.6 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in German at upper center, beginning: "Im Jahr Chr- / isty den 16en Tag Sebtember 1765. Bin ich: / Barbara = Wunderligin zur welt gebohren. / Mein Vater ist gewesen Johan Wunderlich u. meine Mutter Nahmens Elisabetha eine gebohrne Siglerin. / Ich Barbara bin Gebohren und erzogen worden. In Bäckstein Taunschip, Dauphen Cauntey, In Dem Staadt / Penselvania. Und zur Evangelische Lutärische Religon zur Heiligen Tauf gebracht, und getauft worden / von Pfarr Herr Enderlein. Meine Taufzeigen sind gewesen Peter Fischer und seine Ehefrau Catharina. . . ."; at lower center: "Bethlehem, In Lebanon Township, der 22te, Mertz, Im Jahr Domini 1799."
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal sheet with rounded corners and slightly serpentine top edge, with handwritten German inscription in red and black extending from top to bottom; foliate design at upper center flanked by a large star-like figure in red, green, and black in each upper corner.
Gallery Label: 
The Pennsylvania Germans practiced a manuscript art called Frakturschrift or Zierschrift in German ("fraktur" in museum and collecting terminology). This art form, combining calligraphy with decorative motifs in ink and watercolor, was produced widely in Pennsylvania and in German settlements in other states from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century.
Credit Line: 
Elie Nadelman, Museum of Folk Arts, Riverdale-on-Hudson, Bronx, New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group