Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Christina Michaelin in Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Object Number: 
c. 1807
Gouache and brown ink on beige paper
Overall: 13 x 15 3/4 in. ( 33 x 40 cm ) mounted: 13 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. ( 34.3 x 41.3 cm )
Inscribed in German at center: "Diesen beiden Ehegaten als / Johannes Michael und seiner / Eh'lichen Hausfrau Anna Elisabetha eine / geborne Beckin, ist eine Tochter / zur Welt geboren Namens Christina Michaelin / im Jahr Christi 1807 den 26. Tag September / um 3 Uhr Nachmittags im zeichen der Krebs / Diese Christina Michaelin ist geboren und getauft / in American im Staat Pennsylvanien in Northampton / County und in Nazareth Taunschip; Obengemeldte / Christina Michaelin ist getauft worden den 8ten / Tag November 1807 von Herrn / Thomas Bümb jünger Reformirter Prediger. Tauf= / zeugen waren Johannes Fogel und deßen Ehefrau / Christina. . . ."
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription in a circular frame with border of large red, blue, yellow and black lozenges, with additional text in enclosed in two blue-outlined hearts at bottom; margins decorated with circular floral motifs in upper corners, shields in lower corners, and a tulip at bottom 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