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Catalog Number 1920.09.127
Accession number 1920.09.01-
Artist Unknown (initials "M.O.")
Place of Origin probably Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Date 1829
Material Wove paper, ink, watercolor
Dimensions H-5.5 W-7.75 inches
Height (ft) 0.458
Height (in) 5.5
Width (ft) 0.646
Width (in) 7.75
Description Vorschrift (writing model) featuring text beginning "Ach lieben kinder was ihr thut...". Two lines of fraktur lettering followed by five lines of German script, and the name Abraham Oberholtzer [Overholt] in fraktur lettering, date 1829, and signature "M.O." in English script highlighted with red dots. The fraktur lettering is outlined in ink and filled with red. Capital A's have small trees in their centers. Borders separating sections of text and surrounding the page are colored yellow, red and blue. On either side of the page is a tall thin floral stem with multicolored leaves.
Condition Fair
Condition date 2015-05-12
Condition Notes Stained and torn on edge.
Provenance Pennypacker #131; Freeman's #1190.

Item #1920.09.128 is very similar to this piece, with the same name, date and initials, but with less decoration and text slightly altered. Both were probably made for the same person since they have survived together.

Possibly made for Abraham S. Overholt (1920-1914), son of Isaac & Mary Shaddinger Overholt of Bucks County. He had two older sisters whose initials were "M.O."--Magdalena Overholt (Tyson) (1811-1864) and Mary Overholt (Meyers) (1817-1891).
People Oberholtzer, Abraham, sign. 1829
Related Publications Perry, Candace. "A Selection of Mennonite Fraktur from the Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker Collection at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center." Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania Quarterly 16:4 (Winter 2013), p. 5.
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