A Fraktur signed and dated (1820) with a young girl and decorated with BIRDS ...
The FRAME is original.
We knew very little about the field of FRAKTUR Art ... so the next step was to do a GOOGLE on FRAKTUR.
Found the following:
Fraktur (Pennsylvania German folk art)
Fraktur is both a blackletter typeface, and a highly artistic and elaborate 18th century and 19th
century illuminated folk art drawings created by the Pennsylvania Dutch (also known as
Pennsylvania Deitsch or Pennsylvanian German). Most Fraktur were created between 1740 and 1860.
Fraktur drawings were executed in ink and/or watercolors and are found in a wide variety of
forms: the Vorschriften (writing samples), the Taufscheine (birth and baptismal certificates),
marriage and house blessings, book plates, and floral and figurative scenes. The earlier
Fraktur were executed entirely by hand, while printed text became increasingly common
in later examples. Common artistic motifs in Fraktur include birds, hearts, and tulips.
Some fonts that are included in frakturs are the different variants of calligraphy especially
itallic and old english calligraphy.
Today, most major American museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Philadelphia Museum of Art include Fraktur in their collection. Important Fraktur have
been sold by major American auction houses and antique dealers for prices in excess of