Tombstones: designing and purchasing a (Late 19th Century) period-appropriate cemetery monument.
November 13, 2012 10:30 AM Subscribe
Tombstone symbology and purchase
: I'm tasked with designing, purchasing, and securing the installation of headstones for two men (a murderer and his victim) who died in the late 19th-century. What online resources exist that speak to the design and purchasing process and/or could help clarify period-appropriate symbology and appearance?
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It's been my good fortune to have never had to buy a tombstone. Researching the process has proven vexing. Please help walk me through it.
I've secured permission from the two cemeteries, and located the (unmarked) graves. Both cemeteries gave recommendations for several monument companies.
I'm handy with many 2D/3D design programs and could deliver project files to the monument companies in almost any format imaginable. (I'm assuming that they use some sort of CNC machine, yes?)
Before I approach the stonecutters, I have two families of question I'd like to research:
- Where can I find resources on period-appropriate (1890s) tombstone conventions, including: symbology, design, construction, layout, typeface, etc.
- What are the considerations/costs of purchasing a tombstone, and what are the manufacturing processes like? What are the pros/cons of the various materials used and associated costs?
I'd like to keep costs down as much as possible, but get something nice put up; I'll be very thankful for any and all insight you might provide.