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  • Tanja Bentsdatter ღ

    The Bateson Life Revival Device. A rope wrapped around the deceased’s wrist made for a worry-free burial. One tug on the rope and the iron bell securely mounted in a miniature bell tower onto the lid of the coffin sounded the alarm.

  • Erika V.

    A safety coffin of the Victorian era, designed so that a prematurely buried person could ring the bell .

  • Janet's Creative Cottage

    This is creepy info from the Victorian era. 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.

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