Fraktur: "Gott allein die Ehre", Certificate of Birth, Baptism, and Marriage

Object Number: 
1937.1815
Date: 
c. 1799
Medium: 
Brown ink and watercolor on beige paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. ( 27.3 x 40 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in German at upper center: "Gott allein / die Ehre"; at center: "Im Jahr Christÿ: Anno: 1780 den 6ten August ist an daß Licht / dieser Welt geboren worden, Catharina. Das Vater ist / Nicolaus Raßel und die Mutter Margarett eine gebohrne Praünin / und die Taufzeugen sind Michael Raßel und seine Frau. Darauf hat sie sich in [Hand] / der [__?__] begeben im Jahr Christÿ Ano: 1799 mit Johanes Fantz. . . ."
Description: 
Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription at top, center and in each lower corner; "Gott allein / die Ehre", To God Alone the Glory, inscribed inside a heart between two birds at center top; one highly simplified tulip in pale pink and tan in each upper corner; two brown, tan, and pink shields with a charcoal gray cross at either side and a looping line below at lower 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