Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wicker Coffin/Casket "Cooling Box" (19th Century)

I suppose transportation of the deceased would have presented problems back in the day, when embalming might not have been "state of the art." Probably this was especially so in warm weather.

This rather frightening artifact once encased and cooled coffins/caskets.

You can see the Victorian vogue for wicker items extended even into the funereal realm.

Apparently, ice or cold water was placed in a pan below (not pictured). I learned that on this Pinterest. It's so annoying that you have to be logged in to Pinterest to look at things there.

So what you are looking at is a very primitive refrigerator.

78" length.
23" at its widest.
17" high.

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