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American Bronze Company Catalog

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced cast zinc cemetery markers billed as “white bronze” beginning in the 1870s. The markers are distinguishable by their bluish-gray tint. These grave markers came in a wide assortment of sizes and shapes and were somewhat … Continue reading

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Double scroll

This monument of cast zinc in the Union Cemetery at Morristown, Ohio, marks the graves of a mother and a father, Jonathan and Mariah Carpenter.  The monument features two scrolls side by side.  The scroll is a symbol that has … Continue reading

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Same Statue, Different Base

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced white bronze cemetery markers and monuments to order—none of the monuments were premade.  The customer put together a marker paging through a catalog, choosing the frame, the panels, the epitaph, and the inscription.  … Continue reading

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Praying child, A closer look

KATIE L. McCARTY DAUGHTER OF E.E. & S.F. McCARTY DIED AUG. 26, 1882 AGED 13 YRS 4 MOS 19 DYS A closer look at the zinc monument of Katie McCarty portrays an innocent young child in image and word. The … Continue reading

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Praying Child

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced white bronze cemetery markers and monuments in a wide assortment of sizes and shapes.  The markers they produced often mimicked the gravestones that were being produced in stone.  What traditional stone carvers … Continue reading

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Our Drummer Boy

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced “white bronze” cemetery markers and monuments in a wide assortment of sizes and shapes including statues like the one produced for and in the likeness of 12-year old Clarence Mackenzie found at the … Continue reading

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American Bronze

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, set up their first subsidary in Detroit, Michigan.  Others followed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, St. Thomas, Ontario, Des Moines, and Chicago.  The Chicago subsidary was named the American Bronze Company and the characteristic … Continue reading

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“White Bronze”

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced what was billed as white bronze cemetery markers from the 1870s until 1912.  The markers are distinguished by their bluish-gray tint.  The markers are not bronze but actually cast zinc.  The zinc … Continue reading

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Cast iron willow

The willow motif on this gravemarker is not unusual, in fact, the willow is one of the most common symbols found in American cemeteries.  What makes this willow special is that it is found on a cast iron gravemarker.  While … Continue reading

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