Oley Township Artist. Birth and baptismal certificate for Maria Schmeck.


Alsace Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, 1810

Watercolor and ink on laid paper, 7 ¾ x 12 ¼ inches, in a period curly maple frame.

This ranks among the finest known examples by this artist. For illustrations of related examples see Lisa Minardi, Drawn with Spirit, Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection (New Haven and London, 2015), pp. 93-95, 294, 138-142, 307-308.

Translation of German inscription:

“To this married couple, Johannes Schmeck and his legitimate housewife Susana, nee Heckmessen, a daughter was born into this world on November 6 in the year of Our Lord 1808. Maria was born in Elsass Township in Berks County in the state of Pennsylvania in North America, and received the name Maria by the honorable Reverend Milnberg at the holy baptism in August of the year 1810. The sponsors were Magdelina Gotschal.”

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