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Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Wilhelm Drumheller in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Object Number: 
1937.1795
Date: 
c. 1844
Medium: 
Gouache and brown ink on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. ( 25.1 x 19.4 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in German at lower center: "Diesen Beiden Ehegatten als Wilhelm Drumheller und seiner Ehelich- / en Hausfrau Maria eine Gebohrne / Druckern ist ein Sohn zur Welt Gebo- / hren den 29ten Tag Februarins im Jahr / unsers Herrn 1844. Dieser Sohn ist / Geboren in Earl Taunschip, Berks / Cauntÿ im Staat Pennsÿlvania und in / Nord America und erzielt durch die / heilige Taufe den Namen Jacob von / dem Ehrwürdigen Herrn Pfarrer / Ferber die Taufzeugen waren George / Drumheller und seine Frau Anna" Inscribed at lower left: "1848"
Description: 
Fraktur: Vertical rectangular sheet subdivided into rectangular compartments, with handwritten German inscription at lower center; upper half decorated with large black, yellow, and pink tulip between two small pink, blue, and yellow tulips with green leaves; lower half with a large black diamond inside a narrow vertical rectangle at either side.
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