19th Century Bücherzeichen and Trauschein

19th Century Bücherzeichen and Trauschein

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered ink and watercolor fraktur Bucherzeichen (Bookplate). The main text in fraktur and calligraphy script is centered within a pink and green wreath of flowers and buds. An arching arrangement of pink stemmed roses sits below, and a vine of thistle above.   A decorative floral vine border is double framed by black ink and pink watercolor edging.

The text reads: “The Property of Lizzie C. Stauffer, Manor Lancaster County Penna, Holy Bible Book Divine precious tresure thou art mine.”

A pencil notation “1865” was added later beneath the main text, as was an “A” inserted to correct spelling of the word “treasure.”

Wove paper; watercolor; ink.

Sight size 7 ½” x 9 ½”; matted and in period grain-painted frame: 12” x 16”.

Conservation mounted with view-through back displaying Trauschein (marriage certificate) of Lizzie’s marriage to Christian W. Stehman.

“Christian W. Stehman and Lizzie Stauffer were lawfully married January the 25th 1863. By the Rev. C. S. Forney minister of the Gospel.”

The Trauschein is hand-lettered on a printed certificate by W. S. Barnard, which features black and white rose-vine-on-trellis decorated border with wedding scene in oval at the top and pastoral scene with cupid at bottom.

Lizzie died on April 30, 1891 and is buried (Elizabeth Stehman) at Habecker Mennonite Cemetery, Manor Ridge, Lancaster County, PA. Christian followed on December 19, 1905 and is buried together with Lizzie.

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