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Collection Of Historical Artifacts

Wedding rings of Holocaust victims. Just remember, this cannot be all of them. Each of these rings belonged to a person who had a family, a person they loved. This is one of the most haunting things I've ever seen.

Before their burial, the deceased would be photographed in their best clothes and 'posing' (propped up) with their living relatives. In some instances, eyes were painted onto the closed eyelids of the deceased to make them appear alive. In Victorian times when photographs were rare, this might be the only photo the family had of their dearly departed.

The coffin came out of the Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Hall in Rocky Ford, Colorado. You can tell by the scratch marks that it was used quite often for their ceremonies. This coffin would look great in its present condition or could look like new with some TLC.

During the Victorian era, mourners sometimes collected their tears in gold decorated "tear bottles" to keep as a remembrance for the next of kin. It has also been said that the widows would go to the grave on the anniversary of the first year of death and sprinkle the tears on the grave to signify the end of the first year of mourning.

Elizabeth I's personal ring, including a picture of her mother, Queen Anne Boleyn.

The "invisible" mother... keeping the kids still for the picture. Because no one will notice that flowered sheet-covered person. Kinda creepy!