Up the Grand Antiques

 Ontario Fraktur With Stunning Paper-Cut Borders - Attributed To Pennsylvania German Folk Artist Samuel S. Brubacher


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Ontario Fraktur, with stunning Scherenschnitte (paper-cut) borders, recording the birth of Gottlieb Bitzer in Zillhausen, Oberamt (Region of) Balingen, Königreich Württemberg in present day Germany, on October 10, 1815. It is attributed to folk artist Samuel S. Brubacher, a Pennsylvania German Mennonite who farmed on the outskirts of Berlin (present day Kitchener) and who practised folk art as a sideline to farming. Brubacher probably executed this birth certificate for Bitzer sometime after 1853, when Bitzer moved to Berlin to build and operate the Lancaster Tavern, which is still standing on Lancaster Street in Kitchener. The dimensions of Gottlieb Bitzer's birth certificate are 11" X 13 " unframed and 17 1/4" X 19 1/4" framed. This is one of two birth certificates offered for sale, which were made for Bitzer family members and are attributed to Samuel S. Brubacher.