Friday, December 2, 2011

Christopher Lattimore, Marblehead, MA - 1690


Old Burial Ground, Marblehead, Massachusetts



HERE LYES BURIED
Ye BODY OF
Mr CHRISTOPHER
LATTIMORE AGED
ABOUT 70 YEARS
DECD. OCTOBER Ye 5
1690

The carver is identified by the Farber Gravestone Collection as William Mumford.   The stone is made of slate.  There is a photo on the Farber Collection website that shows the Lattimore gravestone before it was encased in granite and cement.  This gravestone is an example of exquisite early carving.

7 comments:

  1. Marian, this is so beautifully preserved and thank you for sharing!

    What type of stone is the headstone comprised? I have seen some beautiful older stones in granite and slate.

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  2. Whoa, 1690! The material makes all the difference, doesn't it? I've seen plenty of stones much younger that are weathered to the point of illegibility.

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  3. Ladies - I added more details to the post above. The gravestone is made of slate. A very long lasting material.

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  4. That one has weathered beautifully, and both the inscription and the classic winged death's head are wonderfully preserved. Thank you, indeed.

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  5. Do you have an approximate size for this gravestone? It is so hard to know by a picture.

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    1. I recall that that stone is fairly small. Not more than 2 feet high.

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    2. Thank you so much!

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