Fraktur: Certificate of the Birth and Baptism of Johan Philip Embich in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Brown ink, gouache, and watercolor on beige paper with cut out designs mounted on card
Overall: 12 x 15 5/8 in. ( 30.5 x 39.7 cm ) mounted: 12 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. ( 31.8 x 41.3 cm )
inscription: at center: "Diesen beyden Ehegatten als Bernhard Embich / und seine ehelichen Hausfrau Susana, eine gebohrn / Dusing ist eine Sohn sur Welt gebohren; im Jahr unsers / Herrn; 1787 den 7 Tag October und getauft den 28 ten October / von Herrn Pa
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription on heart at center of cut-out design with brown, yellow, and blue-painted birds (some double-headed), foliage (mostly unpainted), and a single, yellow-painted star in each upper corner.
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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