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Place Made:
Frederick County Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
ink and watercolor on paper
HOA: 3 1/2; WOA: 2 7/8
Accession Number:
Fraktur bookmark, Belohnung, or blessing. Ink and watercolor on laid paper. The text, penned in German Gothic lettering and dominating the central portion, is enclosed in a green heart-shaped frame, surrounded by red dots, flowers and leaves.The date 1792 is written at the base of the heart. A simple lined border frames the piece, filled with red watercolor on the top and bottom and with green on the sides.
Inscription: Lass Nord und Sud Wind wehen durch Mein Hertzgärtelein.
Translation: Let the north and south wind waft through the little garden of my heart.

Artist: Unknown

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.

See also:

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

Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund