Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of David Ervin in Northampton County, Pennsylvania

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Gouache and brown ink, on beige paper
Overall: 13 1/2 x 15 7/8 in. ( 34.3 x 40.3 cm ) mounted: 14 x 16 1/2 in. ( 35.6 x 41.9 cm )
Inscribed in German at center: "Diese beide Ehegaten, als Henrich Ervin / und seine Ehefrau Catharina, eine Geborne / Schneiderin, Christlig Religion ist einen Sohn / zur welt geboren als David ist Geboren im / Jahr unsers Herrn Jesu 1810 d. 27 February / um 9 Uhr morgen in Makunschi [sic] [Macungie] Taunschip Northamto[n] / Counti im Staat Pensilvania, u[nd], wurde darauf / zur heilige Tauffe gebragt, u[nd], von Herr Helfrig / Diener des Göttligen worts getaufet Die Tauff / zeugen waren David Grimm und Magdal / Rabin beide Ledig / und haben ihn den Namen beigelegt / als David" Inscribed in heart at lower center: "Die Herze rein / soll / die allein in Lieber / Jesu sein"
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription in a circular fame with brown, yellow and red floral border, with additional text enclosed in a heart at bottom center; left and right markings decorated with a floating female figure above a flowering stalk; yellow bird inside an arch at top.
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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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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