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  • Jean Westman updated the Artwork Cross1
    ~~The German- Russian Wrought Iron Cemetery Cross The tradition of wrought-iron-cross cemetery art goes back to the 1600’s in Austria and Bavaria. Blacksmiths in Tyrol and upper Austria made the first handcrafted iron cemetery crosses. This art form seems to have become pervasive among European peoples, but only some of them transferred it to the North American Plains. Ukrainians, Métis, Germans-from-Hungary and Germans-from-Russia are among those who brought this tradition with them to the N…
  • Jean Westman updated the Artwork Cross2
    ~~The History of Scandinavian Wrought Iron Crosses   The Scandinavian wrought iron grave crosses, ‘Smidda Gravkors’, primarily date back to the first part of the Eighteenth Century, as Sweden did not have blacksmiths before the end of the Fifteenth Century.  At that time German blacksmith immigrants settled in eastern Varmland and the blacksmiths from Finland, who were traveling with the Germans, settled in the forest areas of the same region. The earliest crosses were simply markers wit…
  • Jean Westman updated the Artwork Cross1