ENGRAVED, ILLUSTRATED BAPTISM CERTIFICATE IN GERMAN LANGUAGE ANNOUNCING THE BIRTH OF JACOB HINNERSCHITZ ON 11 FEBRUARY 1807, SON OF HEINRICH AND MAGDALEHNA HINNERSCHITZ, IN BERKS COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA.
Berks County PA: C.F. Egelmann, 1807. 12-1/2" X 15-1/2." Baptism certificate in a wooden frame, engraved by C.F. Egelmann. Light foxing to the margins. Illustrated with several religious images, as well as iconic Screaming Eagle illustration, with "E Pluribus Unum." Very Good. With the legend, in German, "Go forth in all the world, teach all people, and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."
From the web site of the Free Library: "Charles Frederick Egelmann (1782 -1860) was born in Neuenkirchen, Germany, and emigrated to this country in 1802, landing at Baltimore. He learned the trade of coach making, and earned his living as a coachmaker and chairmaker for some time. He then moved to Berks County, Pennsylvania where he taught for several years and was organist for rural churches ... As a copper-plate engraver, he produced birth certificates, views of local landscapes, and an instructional book 'Deutsche & Englische Vorschriften für die Jugend' to teach children how to write in Fraktur, German script, and Roman script. It was produced in Reading in 1821. He died at Reading, Nov. 30, 1860, aged nearly seventy-nine years." Item #38211