I cannot parse the last word of this line about Johann Georg Burkhardt.

Can anyone help with his profession?

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  • What is the source of this document? Having that may be able to help potential answerers view the line you cannot read in context.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 5:16

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After reading up a bit on tanning techniques, I am fairly confident the word in question is Weißgerbers, i.e. the genitive case of Weißgerber. This term denotes a tanner (Gerber) operating with mineral salts, it seems primarily aluminum salts, in order to produce leather of higher quality and lighter color (weiß = white) than more common tanning techniques.

Addendum: The corresponding English word seems to be tawer, the technique itself is called tawing.

  • Many thanks! The area had mainly farmers, leather workers, and a salt mine, so that also makes a lot of sense.
    – BrianFreud
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 11:12

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