Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Norwich Ovoid Carver

(John Post, Norwichtown, CT, 1710)

No one knows the identity of the Norwich Ovoid Carver, who was responsible for some of the oldest extant gravestones in eastern Connecticut. The round shape is unusual and a bit rough, but the letter forms are confident, even if they are a bit wonky. I don't know why the carver separated some words with little crosses.

Here are some more examples of the Norwich Ovoid Carver's work:
(Simon Huntington, Norwichtown, CT, 1706)

(Stephen Gifford, Norwichtown, CT, 1724)

(Nathanael Backus, Windham Center, CT 1720)

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