Small drawings such as this, often lacking inscriptions and frequently including a single year date, were given by schoolmasters to their students as rewards for good behavior and scholastic accomplishments. Because of their small size they were frequently kept in books and are often referred to as bookmarks. This work and its mate are the only Southern examples of this form known to MESDA. It was found in a Marburg hymnal in the Middletown area of Frederick County, Maryland. The hymnal had the Marker and Warrenfeltz family names written inside. Frederick County, Maryland marriage records document the December 2, 1816 marriage of Paul Marker to Elizabeth Warrenfeltz and the May 23, 1827 marriage of Peter Marker to Mary (Polly) Warrenfeltz, Elizabeth’s sister. Peter and Paul Marker were also brothers to Frederick County, Maryland gunsmith Daniel Marker, who is recorded in the MESDA Craftsman Database.
Peter and Mary (Polly) (Warrenfelz) Marker are buried at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Myersville, Maryland. Paul(1792-1864) and Elizabeth (Warrenfelz) Marker (1795-1862) are buried in the Ellerton Cemetery, Moraine, Montgomery County, Ohio.
Weiser, Frederick S. The Gift is Small, the Love is Great (York, Pa.: York Graphic Services, Inc., 1994).
RELATED WORKS: Purchased as a pair and framed with MESDA 3625.1