Das Neue Testament Unsers Herrn und Heilandes Jesu Christi. Philadelphia: Georg W. Mentz, 1836 and insertions, ca. 1840-1880. Gift of Howard S. Mott, Inc.
This Pennsylvania-German New Testament was lovingly covered in hand-sewn cloth and filled with mementos, about forty in all, of special significance to its owner. In this way, it became an artifact in its own right as a sentimental repository of one mid-19th-century family. A selection of those insertions is shown here, including fabric labels and samples, cutouts and drawings of animals, and Scherenschnitte, an often symmetrical paper-cutting craft originated in Germany. Other insertions include a flower chain necklace, newspaper clippings, and a photograph of a young boy.