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Daniel Diefenbach (active circa 1825-73)


Daniel Diefenbach (active circa 1825-73) or Peter Montelius

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Printed Taufschein with large central heart surrounded by colored floral sprays.

Dimensions in Inches

8 x 13

Dimensions in Centimeters

20 x 33


Watercolor and ink on wove paper


Drawn, Hand colored, Hand lettered

Print Shop Location

East Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania

Associated Places

East Buffalo Township, Union County, Pennsylvania


Birth and baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein)


flowers, heart, floral

Associated Names

Peter Montelius, Margretha Stitzer, Johanna, Georg Heim, John Shaffer


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




Johanna Montelius,/Eine eheliche Tochter von Peter Montelius und seinem Eheweib/Margretha, (geb. Stitzer,) wurde zur Welt geboren Donnerstags/den 14 ten Tag Julÿ, im Jahr unseres HErrn und Heilandes JEsu/CHristi 1825, im halb 11 Uhr Nachts, in Buffaloe Tschp. Union/Caunty, in dem Staat Pennsylvanien, und wurde Mitwochs, den/3ten August, 1825, durch die Heilige Taufe dem Dreyeinigen GOtt/gewidmet, von Joh. Georg Heim, Ev: Lutherischen Pre=/diger, im Schulhause daselbst getauft, und mit/Namen Johanna Montelius als ein/Mitglied der Erlösung theilhaftig gemacht./Taufzeugen waren: Die Eltern.


Johanna Montelius, A legal daughter of Peter Montelius and his legal wife Margretha (born Stitzer) was to the world born Thursday the 14th day of July in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 1825, at half before 11 o’clock in the evening, in Buffalo Township Union County, in the state of Pennsylvania, and was Wednesday the 3rd of August 1825, through the Holy Baptism of the Trinity of God dedicated, by Johan Georg Heim, Evangelist Lutheran Preacher, in the schoolhouse therein baptized, and with the name Johanna Montelius made an initial member of the Redemption. Baptismal sponsors were: the parents.


Peter Montelius printed this Taufschein for his daughter Johanna. He and his wife sponsored her baptism, held at the schoolhouse. A number of certificates printed by Montelius exist that were all decorated by the same hand, but it is difficult to know if Daniel Diefenbach who infilled them also decorated them, or if Montelius himself decorated them. Woodcut stamps were used to provide the design patterns.



Bibliographical Reference

Stopp #215.2. Listed by Stopp under #215.1.


Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), p. 86, fig. 3.60. 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. 74.

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


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