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Printed Taufschein with large central heart, smaller hearts in bottom corners with birds and floral-and-vine motifs at sides and top.

Dimensions in Inches

13 x 16

Dimensions in Centimeters

33 x 41


Watercolor and ink on paper


Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania


Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)


hearts, tulips, parrots, peacocks, birds, floral

Associated Names

Adam Kohl, Barbara Kapp, Margreta, Emanuel Schultze, Cattrina Uhllig


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


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


Pennsylvania Folklife Society


Fraktur lettering, German script




DIEsen beyden Ehegatten, als Adam Kühl und/seiner Eehlichen Hausfrau Barbara Kühl geborne Kapp/ist ein Töchterlein zur Welt geboren, als Margreta Kühl im Jahr/unsers HErrn JEsu, 1808 den 27ten Mai Tag abens um 9 Uhr /

GOTT gebe Gnad, Kraft und Starke, daß dieses Tochterlein in der Furcht zum Lob und Preiß des Herren, möge aufwachsen und/zunehmen in groser Begierde derVernünftigen lautern Milch, das ursprüngliche Heil der Seelen zu suchen, nach abgelegtem Glaubens=Bekäntniß der Sünde,/durch wahre Reu und Buse, vor der Christlichen Gemeinde, zur geistlichen Wiedergeburt der heiligen Taufe befördert, und von Emanuel Schultze /Prediger und Diener des Worts, nach Christi Besehl, Matth. 28, v.19 getauft und in den Gnaden=Bund GOttes einverleibet worden./Diese Margreta Kühl ist als ein Glied in die Gemeinschaft der Heiligen, durch das Bad der Wiedergeburt und Erneurung des Heiligen/Geistes, wie St. Paulus lehret, C. 3, v. 5,6,7. ist auf= und angenommen worden, den/ /Tauf=Zeugen, Cattrina Uhllig/ ist Geboren im/Staat Pensilvani/Bercks Kanti Heidelberg Tauschip

Ich bin getauft, ob ich gleich sterbe,/Was schadet mir das kühle Grab?/Ich weiß mein Vaterland und Erbe,/Das ich bey Gott im Himmel hab,/Nach meinem Tod, ist mir/bereit, des Himmels/Freud, das Feuer=/Kleid.

Ich bin getauft, ich steh im Bunde,/Durch meine Tauf mit meinem Gott,/So sprech’ ich stets mit frohem Munde,/In Creuz, in Trübsal, Angst u. Noth,/Ich bin getauft, deß’ freu/ich mich, Die Freude/bleibet ewig=/lich.


To both of these spouses, Adam Kühl and his legal wife Barbara Kühl born Kapp is a little daughter to the world born, Margreta Kühl in the year of our Lord Jesus 1808 the 27th day of May at 9 o’clock in the evening

God give mercy, might, and strength, that this little daughter in the fear of [and] to the honor and praise of the Lord, may grow and increase in great desire for the enlightening purifying milk, [may] seek the original healing of the soul, after the established (?) knowledge and recognition of sin through true regret and repentance before the Christian community, [was] carried to the spiritual rebirth of the holy Baptism, and by Emanuel Schultze pastor and servant of the word, after Christ’s vision, Matthew 28: verse 19, baptized; and incorporated into the merciful union of God. This Margreta Kühl is, as a member in the community of the holy through the bath of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul teaches, Titus 3, verse 5,6,7 is taken up and in, on the ___ . Baptismal Sponsors Cattrina Uhllig. Was born in the state of Pennsylvania Berks County Heidelberg Township.

I am baptized, if I die immediately…

I am baptized, I stand in the union…


The faint, simple decorations may have been done by a printshop illuminator, who would then have sold it to a scrivener. There appear to have been two scriveners who worked on this piece. The handwriting in red (which was underlined twice in the transcription to distinguish it) appears to be by the Bracketed Dates scrivener.



Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #264


Stopp, Klaus. The Printed Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans. 6 vols. (Mainz, Germany, and East Berlin, Pa.: privately published, 1997–99). vol. 2, p. 220.

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fraktur, Pennsylvania German, Pennsylvania Dutch, folk art, illuminated manuscript, taufschein


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