Pennsylvania Birth Fraktur, Dated 1778

Chester Country Pennsylvania, dated 1778. Watercolor on laid paper. Decorated with distelfinks (stylized goldfinches) centering a heart with surrounding vining and flowers above a pinwheel flanked by mermen. Mermen were considered in mythology to be the "messengers of the sea", so perhaps they represent the "announcement" of the birth of the baby. Good condition with minor folds. Richly presented in a terrific early frame. Overall frame size of about 14 inches wide x 12 1/2 tall.

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