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Catalog Number 1915.10.02
Accession number 1915.10.01-
Old ID number 27-[blank]
Artist Stauffer, Christian
Place of Origin Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Date 1769
Material Laid paper, ink, watercolor
Dimensions H-7.75 W-13 inches
Height (ft) 0.646
Height (in) 7.75
Width (ft) 1.083
Width (in) 13
Description Vorschrift (writing model) featuring verses 1-4 of the alphabetical acrostic hymn "Allein auf Gott setz dein vertrau'n..." (pg. 77 in the Marburger Gesangbuch, 1799). Colors used: red and yellow. There is a wide border of a continuous floral vine around the top and sides, but not on the bottom. The initial capital A is very large and decorated with swirls and cross-hatching, and with a large swirl beneath it containing the date and signature: "Christian Stauffer in Lowr solfort Taunschip Philadelphia caunty \ 1769". The first verse of the hymn is in fraktur red and yellow fraktur lettering. Verses 2-4 of the hymn are in German script, followed by several lines in English: "Know all Men by these presents that I Christian Stover of Pennsylvania Zeoman [Yeoman] am held and... [does not continue]" and a portion of Mark 13:1-2.
Condition Good
Condition date 2015-02-26
Condition Notes Some sections of border missing and partially replaced with cosmetic repair. Mounted on rice paper.
Provenance Appears to have been made by Christian Stauffer. This was probably Christian Stauffer (b. ca. 1740), son of John Ulrich & Catherine (Clemens) Stauffer, who lived near the Salford Mennonite meetinghouse. Not much is known about Christian's life, but he would have been around 30 years old in 1769. It is not known how this piece came to the donor.
People Stauffer, Christian, sign. 1769, Lower Salford
Related Publications Hershey, Mary Jane Lederach. This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747-1836. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003, p. 75.

Moyer, Dennis K. Fraktur Writings and Folk Art Drawings of the Schwenkfelder Library Collection. Kutztown, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1997, p. 6.