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THE MEANING OF SOME GRAVESTONE ENGRAVINGS

Anchor/Ships Hope or a Mariner
Arches Victory in Death
Arrows Mortality
Bird Eternal Life
Bird flying Resurrection
Book open Teacher
Bible open Minister
Bouquets flowers Condolences, grief, sorrow
Broken column Loss of Head of family
Broken ring Family Circle severed
Bugles Resurrection,or Military
Butterfly Short lived, Early death
Candle being snuffed Time, Mortality
Cherub Angelic
Corn Ripe old age
Cross Emblem of faith
Crossed swords High ranking military person
Darts or Coffin Father time/ Mortality
Dove Innocence, Gentleness, Affection, Purity
Father time Mortality or The grim reaper
Flowers Grief/ Brevity of early existence/ sorrow/ condolence
Flying birds Flight of the soul
Fruit Eternal plenty
Garlands Victory in death
Hand of God chopping Sudden death
Hands shaking Farewell to life on Earth
Harp Praise to the Maker
Hearts Soul in bliss or love of Christ
Horns The Resurrection
Hourglass Swiftness of time
Hourglass with wings Time flying, short life
Imps Mortality
Ivy Friendship and Immortality
Lamb Innocence
Laurel Fame or Victory
Lily or lily of Valley Emblem of Innocence and purity
Morning glory Beginning of life
Oak leaves & acorn Maturity/ ripe old age
Open book or Bible Deceased teacher/ minister, etc.
Palm branches Signifies victory and rejoicing
Picks & Shovels Mortality
Poppy Sleep
Portals Passageway to eternal life
Rings broken family circle severed
Rose bud Morning of life, renewal of life
Rose fully opened Prime of life
Roses Brevity of earthly life
Sheaf of wheat Divine harvest time
Shells Pilgrimage of life
Stars & stripes on eagle Eternal vigilance/ liberty
Suns The resurrection
Thistles Rememberance
Tombs Mortality
Torch Inverted Life extinct
Tree Stump with ivy Head of family/ Immortality
Trees Life
Trumpeters Heralds of the resurrection
Urn with Blaze Undying friendship
Urn with wreath/crepe Mourning
Weeping willow Emblem of sorrow
Wheat sheaf Ripe for harvest, divine harvest, time
Willows Earthly sorrow
Winged Effigies Flight of the soul

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