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Item No: frk00342
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein) for William Deibert
Birth and Baptismal Certificate (Geburts und Taufschein)
Decorator: [Durs Rudy Sr. (1766-1843)]
Scrivener: [Durs Rudy Sr. (1766-1843)]
Decorator: [Durs Rudy Jr. (1789-1850)]
Scrivener: [Durs Rudy Jr. (1789-1850)]
Town/Township: Whitehall Township
Note: Based on location of birth
Physical Description: Leaf
Dimensions: 19.9 cm x 33 cm
Material: Laid paper; watercolor; ink
Media Type: Manuscripts
Scripts/Text: Fraktur; German script
Deibert, Christina; Deibert, Tobias; Deibert, William; Düring, Joseph; Helfrich, Christina; Rudy, Durs; Traxel, Barbara; Traxel, Christian
Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered. The text in Fraktur is flanked by two decorative columns with flowerpots on top. Suspended between them above the text is a banner that is decorated with flowers and floral garlands. The first letter of the text is displayed in particularly elaborate calligraphy. The entire document is enclosed by a border. Both Durs Rudy Sr. and Durs Rudy Jr. are thought to have made fraktur; firm attributions to one or the other are difficult.
William Deibert ist geboren \ den 3ten August 1814, Seine Eltern Waren \ Tobias Deibert und seine Eheliche Hausfrau \ Christina, [pencil notation in margin: G[eborene] Helfrich] seine Tauf zeugen waren Christian \ Traxel und seine Eheliche Hausfrau Barbara \ Getauft den 18ten August 1814 von Herren Joseph Düring \ In Weithal Daunschip Lecha Caunty.
William Deibert was born the 3rd of August 1814. His parents were Tobias Deibert and his lawful wife Christina [pencil notation in margin: born Helfrich]. His sponsors were Christian Traxel and his lawful wife Barbara. Baptized the 18th of August 1814 by Mister Joseph Düring, in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.
Henry S. Borneman
“Durs Rudy, Sr. and Durs Rudy, Jr.” 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. 656-658.
Gerard C. Wertkin, “The Watercolors of Durs Rudy, New Discoveries in Fraktur,” in Folk Art 18, no. 2 (Summer 1993): 33-39; published on p. 37.
Weiser Number: 57
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