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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.
tombstones (sepulchral monuments)
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.
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.
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Pratt, Noah (Maker)
Freeport, ME, USA
14 x 7 x 0.5 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Maine (United States)
Freeport (Cumberland county, Maine)