Back section of a chasuble

silk, embroidery: variegated and gold, woven edging;
end of the 18th/start of the 19th centuries;
length: 103 cm

Johann Friedrich Martin Waack, born 1863, leaves the back section of the chasuble to the old museum in 1931 as a gift. At the time he is living in Berlin. But he is a scion to a family with deep roots in Grimmen.

In a letter, Schenker writes: '... the back section of the priestly chasuble ... may not have any links to Grimmen', but 'I am certain that this piece is nevertheless suitable for your collection, as the church in Grimmen undeniably served the Catholic cult until the Reformation, yet the number of local inhabitants who until this day have never laid eyes on the robes of a Catholic priest may still be quite sizeable.'

So since then, the piece has been exhibited in the Town Hall attic of the old museum under the designation 'Renaissance (late Middle Ages)'.

But recent analysis places its provenance in the late 18th or early 19th century. The monogram IHS is applied in gold, showing an embroidered halo. There are several golden crucifixes stitched into the trimming. The form, embroidery technique, the floral pattern and the material of the outer fabric are further evidence of this more recent dating.

The museum piece is passed on to the city on 9 June 1987. Until then it had been kept by the Church together with four Bibles. The handover to the new Heimatmuseum is dated 24 May 1989.


Text: S. F.

The exhibit refers to:

Western Pomerania until 1945

Look here for the original exhibit:

Museum Im Mühlentor Grimmen

Museum Im Mühlentor Grimmen

Mühlenstraße 9a
18507 Grimmen