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Sample Gravestone

1991.1050 (RS32611)

Description

Sample gravestone with three portrait heads, and an alphabet up to "Q"; also has borders in several methods. It is well finished on three sides and rough on the bottom.

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: No other sample gravestones, besides this one by Noah Pratt, Jr., are known. Its small size meant it was easily transportable and presumably was used by Pratt to show potential customers the quality of his carving. Stone carving, like many crafts, ran in families. Noah Pratt, Jr.'s father was also a stone carver, as were his two brothers, and his son. The Pratt family was from Abington, Massachusetts. Noah, Jr., moved to the coastal town of Freeport, Maine, about 1781. Several burial grounds in Freeport and the nearby town of Brunswick bear witness to Noah Pratt, Jr.'s activities as a stone carver.
Maker
Pratt, Noah (Maker)
Date
1787
Inscriptions
Carved in the front is: (the alphabet up to the letter) Q/1787/Noah Pratt . On two jelly labels on the back of the stone one reads: Owned by/Mrs. B.K. Little/305 Warren St./Brookline/Mass. The other reads: From Pleasant Hill/Freeport Me.
Location of origin
Freeport, ME, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
slate (rock)
Object type
Ceremonial Artifact
Places
Freeport (Cumberland county, Maine)
Maine (United States)
Descriptive terms
Alphabet
alphabets (symbols)
Carved
carving (processes)
Death
deaths
GRAVESTONE
Memorial
memorials
Portrait
portraits
Slate
slate (rock)
tombstones (sepulchral monuments)
Dimensions
14 x 7 x 0.5 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1050
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3266

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