Item No: frk00094
Title: Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for Elisabeth Banawitz
Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Im Jahr un= \ sers Herrn 1800 den 25 \ ten April ist Elisabeth Ba= \ nawitz geboren der vatter ist \ Jacob Banawitz die mutter \ Margareth als taufzeugen war
Ze Jacob Zerfaß und seine Eh= \ frau Susanna
In the year of our Lord 1800, the 25th April Elisabeth Banawitz was born, the father is Jacob Banawitz, the mother Margareth, as sponsors were Jacob Zerfaß and his wife Susanna.
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Rare Book Department
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The central text on Fraktur is within a rectangular frame, which is bordered by undulating flowering vines, rosettes, tulips and spirals. The text begins with a large and ornately decorated letter “I,” which is flanked by a potted vine with four tulips.
This fraktur was formerly attributed to Jacob Strickler of Virginia. Based on design and handwriting differences, this attribution is uncertain. Although no location is given on the document, family history research located a Jacob Bonewit who married a Margaret Herbein in 1782 in Shenandoah County, VA, possibly the same Jacob and Margaret Banawitz listed as the parents on this certificate. FLP 93 was made for Rosina Banawitz by the same artist; FLP 113, which is blank, was also made by same artist.
“Banawitz Family 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. 1, p. 71.
“Jacob Strickler” 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. 747-748.
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[Banawitz Family Artist (active c. 1800)] - Decorator
[Banawitz Family Artist (active c. 1800)] - Scrivener