Item No: frk00708
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for John Henry Rahrer
Roman print; Roman script
Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Certificate of Birth & Christning
On the 2 day of march in the year of our Lord 1850 a \ Son was born to these two Parents Levi Rahrer and \ Anna his wife a Daughter of Fredrich Herrold this child \ was born in Chapman township in the County of union and State \ of Pennsylvania and was baptised by Parson G. A. Erlenmeier and \ received the name John Henry in the year of our Lord 1850 wit= \ ness present to the holy act of baptism John Herrold and \ his wife Christhina. An inward baptism of pure fire, where with to be baptized \ I have, this all my longing soules desire this only this my Soul can Save \ Straitened I am till this be done, Kindle in me the \ living flame father in me reveal thy Son \ baptize me in Jesus name.
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Roman print and script within a heart is in the center of the document. Above it are circle made of hearts and leafy plants. On each side is a leafy stem with several flowers, including tulips. Tow birds are perched on them. In the lower right is a female figure holding a wreath with a bird on it. In the lower center are a parrot and a peacock. A flower is between them.
"Francis Portzline" 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. 2, pp. 623-626.
Pennsylvania Folk Art (Allentown, Pa.: Allentown Art Museum, 1974), published as fig. 76.
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[Francis Portzline (1771-1857)] - Decorator
[Francis Portzline (1771-1857)] - Scrivener