Cemetery Fences and Gates and Their Makers

Old Live Oaks Cemetery

The best examples of charming “Lacy Iron” in the cemetery are the elaborate gates and fences surrounding family lots. The makers are readily identifiable when they leave a stamped trademark affixed to the gate or gate post. An alternative, when trying to identify the maker, is to look through old catalogs, though it was fairly common for a local blacksmith to steal designs from the bigger manufacturers. Another way to attempt to identify the maker is to look through old newspaper ads for the time-frame and then look for their catalogs.

Following are some fences and gates, mostly from southern cemeteries, with their maker and motif identified where possible. Cast-iron requires quite a bit of maintenance due to rust, so harsh northern weather has forced many northern cemeteries to outlaw and remove old fences. Though most of the fences are painted black, the recommended paint color was white, to expose rust for maintenance purposes.

Symbolism on the gates is typical of the Victorian era–which is when most of the cast-iron found in cemeteries was placed. Hour glasses, lyres, cherubs, willows, lambs, flaming urns, and inverted torches were common mourning symbols found on gates.

Haas and Heins, cast iron, gate, fence

Purnell Lot, Old Live Oak Cemetery,
Selma, Alabama

Maker: Haas and Heins, Phildelphia

Haas and Heins, Fence maker, Cast Iron, Gate

Purnell Lot, Old Live Oak Cemetery,
Selma, Alabama

Maker: Haas and Heins, Phildelphia

Symbolism: Hourglass, Oak Leaves, Acorns

E S Jones Gate

E. S. Jones Lot Gate,
Old Live Oak Cemetery,
Selma, Alabama

Maker: Haas & Heins, Philadelphia

Symbolism: Shell, Flaming Urn

Wrought Iron Fence, Peacock Iron Works

Old Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama

Maker: Peacock Foundry of Selma, Alabama

Rogers Springfield Fence Co., Cast-Iron

Byrd Lot, Mesopotamia Cemetery,
Greene County, Alabama

Maker: Rogers Springfield Fence Co.

Stewart Iron Works, gate, cast iron

Miller Lot, Greensboro Cemetery,
Hale County, Alabama

Maker: Stewart Iron Works
Cincinnati, Ohio

Stewart Iron Works, Fence, Cast Iron

McAlpine Lot, Mesopotamia Cemetery,
Greene County, Alabama

Maker: Stewart Iron Works

Herd, Carver, Signature, Gate

Dr. George Perrin Lot, Bethsalem Cemetery, Greene County, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified, guess is Champion Iron Fence

Champion Iron Fence Co. Plaque

Champion Iron Fence Co., Kenton, Ohio

gate, fence, champion iron fence

Tutwiler Lot, Havana Methodist Church Cemetery, Hale County, Alabama

Maker: Champion Iron Fence Co.

fence, gate, cast iron

St. Andrews Church Cemetery, Hale County, Alabama

Maker: Champion Iron Fence Co.

Cincinnati Iron Fence Co., Cast-Iron

Cameron Lot, Old Mount Hebron Cemetery, Greene County, Alabama

Maker: Cincinnati Iron Fence Co.

Family Tomb

This cast iron mausoleum in the Magnolia Cemetery of Mobile, Alabama was commissioned for Hope Hull Slatter (1790-1853) and his wife Emma (1817-1863.)

Maker: Appears to be a Wood & Perot Design, The mausoleum was manufactured by Wood, Miltenberger & Co. of New Orleans.

Gate, Fence, Robert Wood, Wood & Perot

Wood & Perot Gate, #285, from their catalog. Appears to match above Slatter Mausoleum fence.

Robert Wood, Cast Iron

Brewer Lot, Magnolia Cemetery,
Mobile, Alabama

Maker: R. Wood

Symbolism: Inverted Torch, Rose

cast iron fence, Glover Fence, Robert Wood

Glover Mausoleum Cast Iron Gate, Riverside Cemetery, Demopolis, Alabama

Maker: Robert Wood or Wood and Perot based on match in catalog

Wood and Perot, Robert Wood, cast iron gate, catalog

Glover Gate, Wood & Perot Catalog No 195, page 35

Cast-Iron Gate, Gee'sFamily Lot

Gee’s Family Lot, Old Live Oak Cemetery,
Selma, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified, appears to be Wood & Perot based on catalog designs.

Symbolism: Oak Leaves

Cast Iron Gate

T. R. Borden Lot, Newbern Cemetery,
Hale County, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified, guess is Wood & Perot

Cast Iron Fence

Renaud Lot, Church Street Graveyard,
Mobile, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified, guess is Wood & Perot.

This gate is identical to gate on Borden Lot in Newbern Cemetery (above.)

Cast Iron Fence

John Soto and Camille Soto Renaud
Church Street Graveyard, Mobile, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified

Hour Glass and Acorns, Cast Iron Fence

Yeldell Lot, Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Pine Apple, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified

Symbolism: Oak Leaves, Acorns and Hourglass

Greensboro Cemetery, gate, wrought iron fence

Greensboro Cemetery, Hale County, Alabama
Mrs. Isaac Croom Gate

Maker unidentified

Greensboro Cemetery, Gate, Wrought Iron Fence

Greensboro Cemetery, Hale County, Alabama
John Erwin Family Lot Gate

Maker unidentified

Cherub Gate

Parker Lot, Greensboro Cemetery,
Hale County, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified

Symbolism: Cherubs, Flaming Urn

Old Live Oaks Cemetery

Spanish Moss and Wrought Iron Gate at Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama

Maker unidentified

Symbolism: Lyre

Pomegranate


Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

Maker Unidentified

Symbolism: Pomegranate, Grapes

Rose, Arrows, Inverted Torch, Cast Iron Fence

St. Andrews Church Cemetery,
Prarieville, Alabama

Maker unidentified

Symbolism: Arrows, Rose, Inverted Torch, Urn

Cast Iron Fence, Willow, Lambs

Old Aberdeen Cemetery, Mississippi

Maker: Unidentified

Symbolism: Willow and Lamb

Corn Fence

Hall Lot

Mesopotamia Cemetery, Eutaw,
Greene County, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified

Symbolism: Corn Stalk and Rose Fence

Lyre, fence

Thomas M. Turner Lot,
Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia

Maker: Unidentified

Symbolism: Lyre

Fence with Lizard

Verdigris Fence with Lizard
Church Street Graveyard, Mobile, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified

Symbolism: Sunflower

Winged Hourglass on Fence

Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia,

Maker: Unidentified

Symbolism: Winged Hourglass

Cast-Iron Fence, Church Street Cemetery

Church Street Graveyard, Mobile, Alabama

Maker: Unidentified

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