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Barbara Ebersol (1846-1922)

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Barbara Ebersol (1846-1922)

Accession Number

PAG2004.010

Creation Date

7-31-1879

Description

Bookplate with vine and floral border, crossed flowers at bottom with a pink rose with spider-web design on left and star-shape flower on right.

Dimensions in Inches

7 x 4 1/4

Materials

Watercolor and ink on wove paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Scrivener Location

Lancaster County, PA

Decorator Location

Lancaster County, PA

Category

Bookplate

Motifs

floral, flowers, roses

Associated Names

Johannes P. Kinnig, Elizabeth King, Barbara Ebersol

Rights

Please contact the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College for permissions which fall outside of educational fair use.

Source

Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Provenance

Pennsylvania Folklife Society

Script/Text

Fraktur lettering, German script

Language

German

Transcription

Dieses Buch/Gehöret Mir/Johannes Kinnig/Geschriben den/31ten Julius/Im iahr 1879/Barbara Ebersol

Translation

This book belongs to me Johannes Kinnig [König or King]. Written the 31st of July in the year 1879 [by] Barbara Ebersol.

Comment

Barbara Ebersol (May 16, 1846-April 4, 1922) lived and worked in the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She was a dwarf and was one of five of the ten Ebersol children who never married. The five lived on their parents’ farm until their deaths. Barbara made several hundred bookplates, which are the most common type of Amish fraktur. Her bookplates typically included the owner of the book and the year in which the bookplate was made. She often would add the owner’s initials on one of the sides formed by the ends of the book’s pages as well, as she did on this book. The spider-web design rose and star-shaped flower seen here appear on many other bookplates by Ebersol. Barbara made two other bookplates in 1879 with the wavy vine and floral border on the bookplate pictured here and three in 1897. This bookplate is pasted inside a Gesang=Buch (song book or hymnal) printed in Lancaster in 1861. The name Elisabeth King is written in script on the following page.

Condition

Good

Bibliographical Reference

Luthy, David. Amish Folk Artist Barbara Ebersol: Her Life, Fraktur, and Death Record Book (Lancaster, Pa.: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 1995)

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), p. 103, fig 3:78.

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