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Grave Concerns: Limestone & Marble (Part 4)
Limestone, which was fairly easy to carve and extremely popular during the 1700s, was also referred to as “Tennessee Marble.”28 At the height of its popularity, it was used in tomb structures, but most of the limestone inscriptions carved during the 1700s and 1800s are no longer legible.
Marble, which is re-crystallized limestone, replaced limestone by the 1830s. Marble graves quickly gained popularity because of their beauty instead of utility. Slabs of “Vermont Blue” and “Italian White” became the two most-demanded colours from marble importers. Artisans found these slabs easier and softer than sandstone to apply and showcase their craft; however, they continued to use sandstone to make monument bases through the 19th century.
Memorials with round or pointed with cursive inscriptions were the soft (and usually white) marbles with dates between 1845 and 1868; but if the stone was flat-topped, it was the harder dolomitic-type marble with dates from…
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