Papercut or Scherenschnitt
Early: 1805 - Late: 1805
An unsigned papercut or Scherenschnitt from the Bible owned by Barbara and Joseph Schneider. It is a double-headed eagle with a heart and a base with room for text. Another signed version of this same design is known and documented.
Said by the current owner to have been made by Barbara Schneider and came from Pennsylvania in the Bible.
A very similar papercut made by Barbara Brubacher in the mid-19th century is pictured in Michael S. Bird's Ontario Fraktur, A Pennsylvania-German Folk Tradition in Early Canada (Toronto: M.F. Feheley Publishers, 1977), p. 102. This papercut features the motif of a two-headed bird and the acrostic preayer, "O Edles Herz Bedenk Dein End" (OEHBDDE) - "O Noble Heart, Consider Thy Destiny."
Region of Waterloo
Fraktur design based on Family Register by Jacob Shoemacher in Joseph Schneider Bible, 1821.