Item No: frk00676
Title: Birth Certificate (Geburtsschein) for Catherine Styre
Wove paper; watercolor; ink
Catherine Styre, \ (Daughter of David Styre \ and his Wife Veronic \ a born Shirk) was born \ August 18th in the year \ of our Lord 1835.
Birth Certificate (Geburtsschein)
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Roman print, and with a portion enclosed in brackets, is within a square frame in the lower portion of the document. Above it is a clock face or timepiece. The entire document is divided into square and rectangular areas that are filled with a variety of geometric shapes. Samuel Bentz was formerly known as the Mount Pleasant Artist.
"Samuel Bentz" in Russell D. and Corinne P. Earnest, Papers for Birth Dayes: Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scriveners (East Berlin, Pa.: Russell D. Earnest Associates, 1997), 2nd ed., vol. 1, pp. 90-93.
Pennsylvania Folk Art (Allentown, Pa.: Allentown Art Museum, 1974); published as fig. 70.
Frederick S. Weiser, “Samuel Bentz, the Mount Pleasant Artist,” in Der Reggeboge 20, no. 2 (1986).
Richard I. Barons, ed. The Folk Tradition: Early Arts and Crafts of the Susquehanna Valley (Binghampton, NY: Roberson Center, 1982); published as fig. 79 and as color plate on p. XI.
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[Samuel Bentz (1792-1850)] - Decorator
[Samuel Bentz (1792-1850)] - Scrivener