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Death at the Edge of Empire and Beyond: The Divergent Histories of Coffin Furniture and Coffin Hardware

Author(s): Hilda E. Maclean ; Megan E. Springate

Year: 2013

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Summary

The coffin was the centerpiece of the Victorian-era funeral and the most expensive material purchase made by the family or friends of the deceased. As with all events played out in public, the coffin was subject to the dictates of fashion. Beginning with the origins of mass-produced coffin furniture in eighteenth century England, this paper explores two divergent histories of coffin decoration through the Victorian era. An analysis of materials recovered from Brisbane, Australia looks at sourcing and trends in the use of coffin furniture at the edges of the British Commonwealth, while artifacts and catalogs are used to present the different direction of the American coffin hardware industry. Coffin furnishings from Canada, neighbour to America and part of the British Commonwealth, are also mentioned.


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Death at the Edge of Empire and Beyond: The Divergent Histories of Coffin Furniture and Coffin Hardware. Hilda E. Maclean, Megan E. Springate. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428681)


Keywords

General
coffin furniture Coffin Hardware funerals

Geographic Keywords
AUSTRALIA Oceania

Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century


Spatial Coverage

min long: 112.952; min lat: -43.648 ; max long: 153.606; max lat: -10.71 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 348

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America