Saturday, September 19, 2009 Saturday Morning Casket Gazing

It always makes me wonder when a friend calls because they saw a casket at a sale and knew I would want to look at it. But of course he was right and it was worth it to see this unusual little gem. The people selling it estimated it at about 125 years old.



The casket is unusually small (at around 5 feet) but larger than a child's coffin. The seller claimed that a small woman had it made for herself but then moved "out west" and did not take it with her.
The details make this specimen special. The removable viewing panel for the head always creeps me out. All of the original coffin screws are present, complete with decorative hardware.



There is some damage but nothing to indicate any serious structural problem. I haven't seen pin striping on a coffin before, and it adds a bizarre flair.



The sticker said $350, and it is probably worth it. When you already have two in storage, you aren't willing to spend that much for the privilege of storing a third. Sure is pretty though.

10 comments:

DellaRae said...

Oh Phil, I love Halloween, but I would be creeped out to have that in my house. What do you do with the two you have? I would love to see your house at Halloween! It is a neat coffin...looks like one from a movie.

Phil said...

Hey DellaRae!! We love Halloween, but the coffins are stored in the garage. The funny thing is that we normally don't decorate our house, as we don't get much traffic. Instead we decorate a friend's house for trick-or-treat and volunteer at a haunted trail for a church.

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

That is wicked cool. What a find!

Jeanne said...

How very unique! The workmanship and all the 'special touches' (pin striping, hardware, style) make it a collector's piece. HHhhmmm, could always turn it into a phone booth....

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Spooky Cool Phil...I need to get some of those for our house! LOL
Cheers

Jonty said...

Coffins are creepy none stop lol. But this IS a very unusual specimen for sure. The window on the top is a feature i have never seen before. Very odd design for sure. Beautiful workmanship however.

THE ENCHANTED CAULDRON said...

Very cool coffin! Stopping by to let you know I have an award at my blog for you.
Vikki

Phil said...

Glad you all enjoyed the coffin photos and appreciate the comments.
Vikki thank you very much for the award!

judy said...

There are so many things about Halloween which I didnt know! Check how much you know!!

Terrorfest said...

Pretty cool stuff Phil!