Sample Gravestone

Date

1787

GUSN

GUSN-3266

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

Descriptive Terms

tombstones (sepulchral monuments)
carving (processes)
slate (rock)
alphabets (symbols)
deaths
memorials
portraits
Slate
Carved
Alphabet
Death
Memorial
Portrait
GRAVESTONE

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.

Inscription

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.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Pratt, Noah (Maker)

Location of Origin

Freeport, ME, USA

Object Type

Ceremonial Artifact

Dimensions

14 x 7 x 0.5 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1050

Places

Maine (United States)
Freeport (Cumberland county, Maine)