Coffins of the Victorian period came equipped with an extensive system of the bell, which reportedly detained person can ring if you woke up Six Feet Under. These rarely work, however, because even if the person they called, no one hears. Gravediggers sometimes paid to keep watch over the graves and hear the bells to go off. This is the where the term, "Saved by the Bell" derived from. Extened System, Safety Coffin, Rare Work, Reports Detain, Detain Personalized, Belle Towers, Victorian Era, Victorian Periodic, Iron Belle
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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.