Pre Civil War Militia Discharge for Jonathan Reber, Dated July 4th,1856 !
We, the Officers of the Washington Troop, a Volunteer Company within the bounds of the 1st Brigade, 5th Division, Pennsylvania Militia, do hereby certify, that “Jonathan Reber entered Service November 27th, 1847, Promoted to the Rank of 4th Corporal, Oct.20th, 1849, Promoted to the Rank of 2nd. Sergeant April 10th, 1852,” did on the 22nd. Day of February A.D. 1848 then residing in the township of U (upper) Tulpehocken county of Berks, lawfully uniformed and Equipped himself and join the Company, and that he has duly and faithfully served Seven (five) Years ; and he is therefore according to law, forever exempt from military duty except in time of invasion, insurrection or actual war.
Witness our hands, at Bernville, this 4th Day of July A.D. 1856.
William N. Potteiger CAPTAIN. Aron M. Bright 1st Lieutenant.
"J. Lawrence Getz Printer, Reading, Pa."
I added a sheet of "acid free" paper mat board between the document and the original wooden backboard for preservation purposes.
Document Measures: 8 X 10 inches.
Frame Measures : exposed inside opening is 7 1/2inches by 9 1/2 inches. Outside Frame is 13 inches high, by 10 15/16 inches wide.
Condition : Paper Document has normal browning from acid leaching from exposure to air & wood back. Some water staining to the outside of the Printed Border in the lower right corner. One small border tear at the upper left brown line. Old Wavy Glass with Bubbles. Great Home-Made Walnut Wood Frame is Mortised and has Wood Wafer Tenons inside the 4 Corners for Strength. Naturally Aged exterior Varnish finish has formed inside the wood grain texture itself !