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Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Elisabeth Schneider in Pennsylvania

Object Number: 
Z.3252
Date: 
c. 1787
Medium: 
Gouache and brown ink on beige paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 3/8 x 16 1/8 in. ( 34 x 41 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: at center: "Diesen beiden Ehegaten als Christian Schneider und seiner / Ehlichen Hausfrau Elisabeth - - eine gebohrne / [Georg Rexin?], ist eine Tochter zur Welt gebohren Na- / mens Elisabeth Schneiderin im Jahr Christi 1813 den 14ten / Tag J
Inscriptions: 
With inscriptions in German
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscriptions enclosed in a red-bordered rectangle at center and in two small, red-bordered hearts at center top and bottom; border decorated with circular motifs and tulips in red, blue, yellow, and green.
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group