Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Barbara Werth in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Object Number: 
1947.604
Date: 
c. 1792
Medium: 
Brown ink, gouache, and watercolor on beige paper with cut out designs mounted on card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 x 15 3/4 in. ( 30.5 x 40 cm ) mounted: 12 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. ( 31.8 x 41.3 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: on front: "Diesen beyden Ehegatten als / Christian Werth und seine ehliche Hausfrau A. Barbara Eine / Geborne Emrichen ist eine tochter zur Welt geboren den 24ten Septem / ber, Ihm Jahr unsers Herrn 1792 um 6 uhr abends und ist getauft Von he
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription on heart at center of cut-out design with brown, black, and blue-painted birds (some double-headed), foliage (mostly unpainted), and a single, black-painted star 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.
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Creative: Tronvig Group