Look at the Birds (Sehet die Vögel)

Look at the Birds (Sehet die Vögel)

Item Info

Item No: frk00514
Title: Look at the Birds (Sehet die Vögel)
Creation Date: 6/2/1818
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script; Roman script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 954
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink

Sehet die \ Vögel unter dem Himmel \ An sie Sähen nicht, sie Ernten nicht sie samm \ len nicht in die Scheuren und euer Himmlischer vater \ Nähret sie doch, seyt ihr dann nicht viel mehr denn [text breaks off]

Geschrieben d. 2ten Tag Junius im Jahr Anno Domini 1818


Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow, they do nor harvest, they do not gather into the barns and your heavenly Father feeds them anyway. Are you not much more than [text breaks off]

Written the 2nd day of June in the year anno domini 1818.

Category: Religious Text
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The first two lines in Fraktur are in the center of the document. The remainder of the text in german script is below them. The first line is written in particularly prominent and richly decorated calligraphy. Above it are several star-shaped flowers, including one with a face. The item is framed on the top, bottom and left by a decorative border of leaves and flowers. The verse, which breaks off, is Matthew 6:26.

This fraktur is part of a series of Vorschriften and bookplates dating between 1815 and 1818 associated with the Salford Mennonite community. For other examples inthis series, see FLP B-40, a bookplate dated 1818 for Maria Friedt, and 348, a Vorschrift.

Provenance: Levi E. Yoder


Mary Jane Lederach Hershey, This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747-1836 (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003), pp. 136-137.

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics
City/Town/Township:[Lower Salford Township]

Image Dimensions Width: 15.9 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 514
Creator Name: Anonymous - Decorator
Anonymous - Scrivener

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