Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with Fraktur Embroidery Insert

The Face of God Fraktur

I decided that I wanted to combine my fraktur (18th & 19th Century German-American folk art) work with my leather work in some way.   Some sort of embroidery seemed the most sensible way to do it.   So, I decided to create an original fraktur design hand embroidered on a canvas insert in the flap of a Fur Trade era hunting pouch.   This hunting pouch (#36) is the result of that idea.   This is not a strictly historically correct pouch.   I have taken some creative license to pursue my artistic interests in fraktur.

The fraktur is titled the Face of God; representative of Jesus Christ (in the form of the peacock) as the human face of the trinity  (in the form of three tulips on each branch of the tree of life stemming from the heart of God) and the model for our lives.   It is stitched on natural cotton duck canvas using cotton embroidery floss.   About half the time to complete this pouch is in the  execution of the fraktur.  More pouches with different original hand embroidered fraktur are to follow.  That art work will be featured here.

The pouch itself is the best that I know how to make.   It is hand stitched using waxed linen thread out of 2-3 oz (new pouches will have 6 oz leather straps) vegetable tan cowhide, fully lined with a period red print, and incorporating rolled welts, rolled bindings, and a flap lining of calfskin.   The pouch is 8 1/2″ x 9″ overall with a main storage area that is about 5″ x 8″.   There is an internal pocket for small items.  The strap passes through the top of the apron and is stitched inside the pouch for the cleanest possible appearance.  The strap can be adjusted via a brass buckle to a maximum of 57″ top of bag to top of bag.   I will make the strap accommodate any buyer.

As with all my leather work, the leather is stained with the period correct vinegar and iron for a blue-black to dark brown finish.   Mink oil is put on top of that.   I have not aged this pouch in any way.  The wrinkles in the leather are just from turning it.

This pouch is sold, but the bespoke price for a similar pouch with a one of a kind embroidered insert is $950 plus $25 shipping/insurance and the applicable Virginia sales tax if shipped to a Virginia resident.

If you like this, perhaps you might be interested in some of my other fraktur such as my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates or paintings.

Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert.
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Front
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Front
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Back
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Back
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Inside
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Inside
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Inside
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Inside

The God of Peace and Love

This pouch (#38) is identical to the one above (#36) in all ways except for the fraktur insert.   The insert is hand embroidered on natural cotton duck canvas using French made cotton embroidery floss.   The design is entitled “The God of Peace and Love.”

Photos of Pouch #38 are shown below.

Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Front
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Back
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Front
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Inside
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Inside

A Pouch for My Brother

This hunting pouch (#40) was created just for my brother.   He wanted the first bag I created above (#36), but spoke up a little too late.  That bag went fast.  The followup fraktur embroidery that I did wasn’t all that appealing to him.  So,  I created this one.   It has a similar symbology to the first pouch with a single peacock, front and center,  representing Christ as the human face of God.  The three tulips represent the Trinity.  I have just included a photo of the flap.   The rest is pretty much the same as the bags above.

Bag #40- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – Front
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Fraktur, Banded, Applied-tip Powder Horn #37

I have generally avoided scrimshaw because I have trouble controlling my hands.  However, I decided that I wanted to try again. I made this banded, applied-tip horn and added some fraktur scrimshaw. This is a traditional right hand carry horn with the horn itself from the right side of the cow. The horn has an antler tip and is a little less than 13.5″ around the outside curve not including the stopper. The base plug is a little less than 2.5″ in diameter. The base plug and stopper are walnut. I have just applied Tried and True to the wood and horn and have not aged the horn.

The fraktur features a peacock on the outside panel. The peacock represents Christ and is holding a tree of life with three tulips representing the trinity. There is another tree of life on the other side of the horn.

After finishing the scrimshaw and posting some photos, my colleages convinced me to color the fraktur scrimshaw.   So, I proceeded to add color to the horn.  I started by staining the horn with ferric nitrate giving me a parchment like base.   Then, I colored the fraktur as close to my watercolors as possible using Winston & Newton drawing inks.  I hope you like the result.

The bespoke price for for a horn like this is $240 for the base horn (turned base, applied-tip, and band).   Similar scrimshaw would be $200.   Color added to the horn would be another $100.  Then there is $25 shipping/insurance and any applicable Virginia sales tax.

If you like this, perhaps you might be interested in some of my other fraktur such as my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates or paintings.

Horn #37 – Banded, applied-tip, powder horn with fraktur – Outside
Horn #37 – Banded, applied-tip, powder horn with fraktur – Inside
Horn #37 – Banded, applied-tip, powder horn with fraktur – Top
Horn #37 – Banded, applied-tip, powder horn with fraktur – Bottom

 

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Fraktur Illustrations

Original Fraktur Illustrations

Shown here are some of my original designs inspired by 18th and 19th Century fraktur. Fraktur is the term for the illuminated documents created in the 18th & 19th centuries by German speaking immigrants to America.  Fraktur is typically associated with Pennsylvania, but it can be found anywhere that large groups of German speaking peoples settled, including my home state of Virginia.  The originals (as opposed to prints) of the designs shown here are hand drawn, hand inked, and hand colored using period correct water colors. These and my other illustrations are not a copy of antique fraktur but an expression of my own vision and creativity using cohesive motifs from antique documents. These and all my other illustrations of this size are done on 60lb, A4 (8.27″x11.7″), hot-pressed, acid free, ink and calligraphy paper from Sennelier.  Just the print on the same A4 paper is $29 postpaid.   It can be mounted and matted for a standard 11″x 14″ frame for an additional $16.    The prices of the original illustrations will vary depending on the time it took to complete them and whether they are framed or unframed.   Virginia sales tax is collected for Virginia residents.  Payment for fraktur illustrations will be by Paypal invoice.   Shipping is normally the next business day.

If you like these illustrations, perhaps you might also like my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates and Book Plates.

Note:  All the designs below may be printed on all sorts of items (like mugs, iPhone cases, and tote bags)  through my page on Fine Art America at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/12-mark-elliott

Birds of Paradise

Purely decorative contemporary framed fraktur water color of stylized birds and flowers.
Water color of stylized birds and flowers in a faux painted frame.

Unmounted Print – Birds of Paradise – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

 

Celebration

Water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a hand painted frame.
Water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a faux painted frame.

Unmounted Print – Celebration – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

 

Blossoming of Faith

Framed fraktur type water color representative of the Blossoming of Faith.

Unmounted Print – Blossoming of Faith – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

 

Tree of Life

Water color of spiritual tree of life with wheat, thistles, flowers, and an angel

Unmounted Print – Tree of Life – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

 

Fraktur Christmas Tree

Illustration of a Pennsylvania Dutch style Christmas tree.

Unmounted Print – Fraktur Christmas Tree – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

12 Point Star

Illustration of yellow and blue 12 point star design reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs.

Unmounted Print – 12 Point Star – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Strickler 2

colorful decorative work after 19th Century Valley of Virginia fraktur artist Jacob Strickler.

Unmounted Print – Strickler2 – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

 

Serenity

Serenity Prayer Fraktur

Unmounted Print – Serenity Prayer – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

 

Recovery 2

This fraktur is a representation of my recovery in a 12 step program.

Unmounted Original – Recovery 2 – $49 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Unmounted Print – Recovery 2 – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

 

Fraktur Bookmarks Set

Fraktur Bookmarks Set
Fraktur Bookmarks Set
Fraktur Bookmark - Peacock
Fraktur Bookmark – Peacock
Fraktur Bookmark - Little Birds
Fraktur Bookmark – Little Birds
Fraktur Bookmark - Tulips
Fraktur Bookmark – Tulips
Fraktur Bookmark - Flowered Vine
Fraktur Bookmark – Flowered Vine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laminated Fraktur Bookmarks, Set of Four – $25 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing the set of bookmarsk shown above. Make sure to mention Fraktur Bookmarks Set in your e-mail.

If you like these illustrations, perhaps you might also like my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates and Book Plates.

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