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Object Name Bible
Object ID # 2004.9.1
Place of Origin Basel, Switzerland; Hereford Township, Berks County
Date 1720
Material Paper, leather
Description 1720 Basel Bible, owned by the Mennonite immigrant, Preacher George Bechtel (d. 1759), who settled in Hereford Township, Berks County. Was rebound in 1874 in what was then (and still is) a nice gilded victorian binding. Between the Testaments, is a two-page calligraphy record by scrivener Christian G. Hirsch, signed and dated 1895, of the Andreas B. & Deborah Longacre Bauer family, Hereford Twp. On the front flyleaf (of the 1874 rebinding) is an account, in German script, written and signed by Andreas B. Bauer in 1897, of the history & ownership of the Bible (this may have been copied from from a flyleaf in the original binding).
Provenance First owned by Mennonite Preacher George Bechtel (d.1759) of Hereford Township, Berks Co., then passed down to his son Gerhart Bechtel (1737-1796); then passed down in the Bechtel-Bauer family to Andrew (Andreas) B. Bauer of Hereford Township, who owned it in the late 19th century; then passed down in the Bauer-Lutz family to Walter B. Lutz (the donor) of near Bechtelsville. They were all members of the Hereford Mennonite Congregation.
Source Gift of Walter & Elsie Gabel Lutz
People Bechtel, George, d. 1759 (immigrant)
Bechtel, Gerhart, 1737-1796
Bauer, Andrew B., 1817-1904
Bauer, Deborah R. Longacre, 1821-1896
Schantz, Catharine L. Bauer, 1843-1907
Bauer, John L., 1846-1917
Bauer, Andrew L., 1850-1871
Bauer, Jacob L., 1852-1912
Bauer, Aaron L., 1859-1942
Hirsch, Christian G., scrivener
Collection Family Bible Collection