Written in Bone: Mid-19th Century Cast Iron Coffins

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During the Victorian Era we see a shift from coffins made by undertakers or cabinet makers to a casket. As we are told in this video clip from Save Our History: Written In Bone, these caskets were used by individuals of high status, who had money. Military Officers who died in battle were generally placed in these caskets to transport the body home. Caskets did a much better job preserving the body than the earlier coffins did.

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