19th Century "Reward of Merit"
Measures approximately 6.5 x 3 inches. Presented to Fidelia Maime sp? (student) by Sarah White (teacher) Printed on heavy card.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, teachers would show off their calligraphy skills by ornately hand writing these certificates. By the mid-19th century, methods of engraving and printing had improved. Teachers like Sarah White could obtain inexpensively produced, illustrated Rewards of Merit from the local printer or a local shop carrying stationary. Teachers often brighten these printed Rewards of Merit by water coloring over the decorations on the certificates before awarding them to their students.
Condition: Good condition for age with light stain and discoloring. (see pics)
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