Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Barbara Meyer


Item Info

Item No: frkb00002
Title: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen) for Barbara Meyer
Creation Date: 5/13/1845
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Language: German
Weiser Number: 840
Physical Description: Leaf
Material: Wove paper; watercolor; ink

Dieses \ Harmonische Büchlein \ Gehöret \ Barbara Meyerin
Sing Schüler in der Octagon \ Schule Geschrieben den 13ten \ May 1845


This little harmonious book belongs to Barbara Meyerin, singing student in the Octagon School. Written the 13th of May 1845.

Category: Bookplate (Bücherzeichen)
Media Type: Manuscripts
Source: Rare Book Department

N. B. See also FLP Borneman Ms. 53.


Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur and German script is in the center of the document. It is flanked on each side by a leafy plant with various flowers. The entire document is framed by a decorative border. This bookplate is in the tune book for which it was made.  (PA GER Borneman 53)

This is one of the only tune books written in blue ink.  There were eight-sided or "octagon" school buildings in Hilltown, New Britain, Plumstead, and several other townships in the 1840s.  The back of the tune book contains information about a Kratz family's children, and includes death dates for David and Barbara Yothers and Jonas Myers.

For a related example, see FLP 1218.

Associated Names: Yothers, David
Provenance: Henry S. Borneman


Cory M. Amsler, ed., Bucks County Fraktur (Kutztown, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1999); published as fig. 292, p. 315.  See also p. 144.

Creation Place Town/Township: Creation Place Note:Based on design characteristics
City/Town/Township:[Hilltown or New Britain Township]

Image Dimensions Width: 10.2 cm
ShelfMark: FLP B-2
Creator Name: [Swirl School Artist (active c. 1829-1871)] - Decorator
[Swirl School Artist (active c. 1829-1871)] - Scrivener


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