Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Elisabeth Sebold in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania

Object Number: 
1937.1820
Date: 
1816
Medium: 
Gouache, brown ink, and graphite on beige paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. ( 33.7 x 41.9 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in German at center: "Tauf-Schein / Elisabeth Sebold / Ist gebohren im Jahr 1816 der 29ten May um / halb 12 uhr Mittags im zeichen dem Krebs in union / Taunschip Union Cauntÿ im Staat Pennsÿlvania, sie / wurde getauft der 28ten Julius 1816 von Pfarher [lgen?] / . Die Taufzeugen sind Abraham Alter und dessen Ehefrau / Magdalena. Die Eltern sind mit Namen Christopher Sebold / und dessen Ehefrau Maria, dem Abraham Alter seine / Eh'liche Tochter."
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with centered handwritten German inscription enclosed in a red frame with rectangular corners and curved segments at either side; surrounding border consisting of ten large stylized tulips painted in red, green and yellow.
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