Saturday, July 20, 2013

Coffin Nails in History

Here's an interesting suggestion for why coffin nails were once so common... they were apparently used for more than just nailing down the lid. They were, in fact, decorations.

This coffin, from a museum in York, is a replica of a 19th century coffin that was found in a church. It shows how the nails were used as decorations, over a cloth cover. Before French Polishing was invented, coffins oft times were covered in fabric for decoration.

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