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"Christian Kaupp," Certificate of Birth and Baptism

Object Name: Fraktur
Date: ca. 1775
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Medium: Watercolor, brown ink, and gouache on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 8 1/8 x 13 in. ( 20.6 x 33 cm )
Place made: North America, U.S.A.
Description: Fraktur: Horizontal rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription at lower center, with additional text enclosed in three hearts located lower left, lower right, and upper; cherub surrounded by a crown and four large flowers at top.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.1809
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Inscribed: Inscribed in German at center in brown ink: "Christian Kaupp / Hat das Licht dieser Weldt erblicket und ist von Christlichen Eltern gebohren / worden in der Provintz Pensÿlvanien in dem Taunschib Braünschweig der / Caunty Bercks uber den Blaüenbergen in dem Jahr des Herrn 1775 und / da er dreÿ wochen und dreÿ Tage alt getaufft worden nemlich den 23ten / Julÿ in der Kirch Zion alda Des Kindes Herrn sind der ehren- / gerichte Christian Kaupp und Catharina. Die Tauffzeu- / gen des Kindes sind gewesen die großeltern Christian Kaupp / und Barbara"; at lower center in another hand: "Das wirdt dem [Lindt?] vormittags diesen Taufschein / [bestätiget] von mir Daniel Schumacker, p.h.l Lutherishen Pfarrer / in Pensÿlvanien mpp". . . . ; verso inscribed at upper left in brown ink: "...3 Martz 1801..."

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The Pennsylvania Germans practiced a manuscript art called Frakturschrift or Zierschrift in German ("fraktur" in museum and collecting terminology). This art form, combining calligraphy with decorative motifs in ink and watercolor, was produced widely in Pennsylvania and in German settlements in other states from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century.