Fraktur: Birth and Baptismal Certificate for John Utz




Daniel Peterman (1797-1871), York County, Pennsylvania

Watercolor and ink on wove paper

13 ½” x 11 ½”; in a period split-baluster, corner block black frame, 16 ½” x 14 ½”

Signed “Made by Daniel Peterman S.T. York Co., PA” Decorated with two pairs of birds above two ladies standing full frontal.  The inscription indicates that John Utz was "born the 13th day of April 1859".

Provenance: Purchased from a family member in September 2003 by Olde Hope Antiques

Literature: For an example made for Saraanne Utz, sister of John, see Weiser and Heaney, The Pennsylvania German Fraktur, Vol. I (1976), pl. 87.