Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Eva Eissenhaer

Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Eva Eissenhaer

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Item No: frk00681
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Eva Eissenhaer
Scripts/Text: German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 82
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Watermark: Four-leaf clover

Christlicher Tauff Wunsch, du \ bist O: liebes Kind in Christi Tod ge \ tauft, der dich mitt seinem Blutt hatt von \ der hell erkauft, deß für errinnerung \ und stettem andenken, hab ich nach dei \ ner Tauff, dir dieses wollen sencken \ Wachs auff zu Gottes ehr, und deiner \ eltern freud, zu deinem nechsten nutz \ und deiner seeligkeit. Eva Eißen= \ haerin gebohren 1773 den \ 28t July Getauft vom Pfahr \ mihsler Tauffzeige Carll \ Schaeff, und seine ehefrau \ Eva geboren in Bettel \ Daunsip Lankester Caunty \ in der Provinc Pensilvani \ in amerika


Christian Baptismal Wish. You are, o dear child, baptized in Christ’s death, who has bought you from hell with his blood. As a reminder and constant memorial, I wanted to give this to you after your baptism. Grow up in God’s honor, and to the joy of your parents, and the good of your neighbor and your salvation. Eva Eissenhaerin gebohren 1773, the 28th of July, baptized by pastor Mihsler. Sponsors Carll Schaeff and his wife Eva. Born in Bethel Township, Lancaster County, in the province Pennsylvania in America.

Category: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text within a rectangular frame is in the center of the document, flanked by two people. On the left is a woman wearing a gown and bonnet, and on the right is a man wearing a red coat, knee breeches, and a tricorn hat. The man is holding two objects, possibly wine glasses or musical instruments. The entire document is enclosed by a decorative border. An inscription on the reverse contains genealogical information. For the record of the reverse, see FLP 681v.

Associated Names: Schaeff, Eva
Provenance: Arthur Sussel
George Horace Lorimer


“Sussel-Washington Artist” 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. 754-766.

Maine Antiques Digest (October 1976); published on p. 1-B.

Pennsylvania Folk Art (Allentown, Pa.: Allentown Art Museum, 1974); published as fig. 8.

Susquehanna Magazine (February 1981): published on cover.

Donald A. Shelley, The Fraktur-Writings or Illuminated Manuscripts of the Pennsylvania Germans (Allentown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1961); published as fig. 230.

Henry J. Kauffman, Pennsylvania Dutch American Folk Art (New York: American Studio Books, 1946; reprint, Dover Publications, 1964); published on p. 134.

Lisa Minardi, "Quill & Brush: An Introduction to Pennsylvania German Fraktur," in Framing Fraktur: Pennsylvania German Material Culture & Contemporary Art, ed. Judith Tannenbaum (Philadelphia: Free Library of Philadelphia, 2015), published on p. 30 as fig. 16. 

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on location of birth
Region/County:Lancaster [now Lebanon]
City/Town/Township:Bethel Township

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): ca. 1773
Image Dimensions Width: 16.5 cm
ShelfMark: FLP 681
Creator Name: Sussel-Washington Artist (active c. 1760-1779) - Decorator
Sussel-Washington Artist (active c. 1760-1779) - Scrivener

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