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Fraktur: "Deisen bey de ehgatten...", Certificate of Birth and Baptism

Object Number: 
1937.1819
Date: 
1824
Medium: 
Watercolor, gouache, and brown ink on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/8 x 15 in. ( 30.8 x 38.1 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in German at upper center: "Diesen beÿde ehgatten als Adam Hohn und / seiner ehlichen haus frau Elisabeth ist ein Sohn / Daniel zur welt gebohren als ist zur welt gebohren / im Jahr unsers Herrn Jesu 1821 den 10ten Dezember Tag / um uhr im zeuchen De Tauf zeugen / war Hannes [Loß] und seine Frau mihin diese in den / Gnaden bund Gottes ein ver leibet und von Herrn / Pauli prediger und diener des worts Gottes den / den Tag getauft und gennenet worden wir / oben gemeldet. Oben gemeldet ist gebohren in Amer- / ica im staat Pennsel-vani"; at lower center: "In Berks Caunti in Heidelberg Taunschip." Inscribed in another hand at upper right: "den Tag 21 Mäÿ Im Jahr 1824 [otherwise illegible]"
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet subdivided into rectangular compartments, with handwritten German inscription in red and sepia at lower center; decorative border consisting of floral motifs in red, yellow, and black, with cherub at top center.
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