This is a 1791 Northampton County, Pennsylvania German fraktur completed by Johann Jacob Friederich Krebs (1749-1815), better known as Friederich Krebs. It is not printed, it is drawn and handcolored. Krebs came to American from Germany as a member of the Hessian troops who fought for the British during the American Revolution. Krebs was a prolific fraktur artist in Berks County and surrounding counties. He was a Lutheran schoolmaster in and around Harrisburg from 1790 until his death. The fraktur contains a heart and mermaids which are rare on frakturs. A Heinrich Otto fraktur with mermaids which is more rare than Krebs sold in Hershey maybe fifteen years ago for $180,000. There is paint loss on some of the flowers. On the right in pencil is written "My great grandmother Mattie," with an "X" in the upper right corner. It is archival mounted as it should be with no part of the laid paper touching mat or glass. It is in a original red grain painted frame which can sell for as much as $350 or more. The fraktur dimensions are 8" X 13", the frame is 14 1/8" X 18 3/8."

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