Category Archives: Tombs

The Sarcophagus Tomb

Sarcophagus tombs are designed to look like coffins.  Most often they are set on a platform or a base.  The tomb is often embellished with ornamentation and nearly always has feet–but the “coffin” is empty–just an empty symbol of the … Continue reading

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Eclectic design in cast iron

Cast iron became much less expensive in the second half of the 19th Century coupled with the ease of making more intricate patterns and designs.  Simple wrought iron adorning many of the homes, commercial buildings, and apartment buildings in New … Continue reading

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Coffin-shaped Table Top Tomb

The coffin-shaped tombstone in the photograph is also a type of gravestone called a table tomb for an obvious reason—it looks like a table. Usually the table tomb has four or six legs supporting a stone tablet which carries the … Continue reading

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Coffin-shaped Tombstone, Part 2

Coffins come in many shapes and sizes, though, technically, a coffin is a six-sided container or box for burial.  A casket is generally understood to have four sides and be rectangular. The six-sided coffin tombstone found in the Groveport Cemetery … Continue reading

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Coffin-shaped tomb

The coffin in cemetery symbolism represents death.  The reasons for that are fairly obvious.  Sometimes the image of the coffin is carved on the gravestone, other times the gravestone itself is carved to look like a coffin. This white marble coffin-shaped gravestone found … Continue reading

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The Corinthinian Order

The stately light-gray granite James H. McNulty monument in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Buffalo, New York, was designed to resemble a similiar monument in France.  The monument’s dome is supported by Corinthinian columns forming a circular colonnade or peristyle.   The … Continue reading

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Table Tomb

  REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER 1775-1763 PIERRE CHARLES L’FANT ENGINEER ARTIST SOLDIER UNDER THE DIRECTION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON DESIGNED THE PLAN FOR THE FEDERAL CITY MAJOR US ENGINEER CORPS 1782 CHARTER MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI DESINGED ITS CERTIFICATE & … Continue reading

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Barrel Tomb

Tombs, like gravestones, come in many shapes and sizes and are made of many types of materials.  These tombs constructed of brick, are called barrel tombs characterized by the rounded tops.  They are differentiated by the designs of the face … Continue reading

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