1st Edition

Coffin Hardware in Nineteenth-century America

By Megan E Springate Copyright 2015
    117 Pages
    by Routledge

    118 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Using data from archaeological excavations, patent filings, and marketing catalogs, this book provides a broad view of the introduction, spread, and use of mass-produced coffin hardware in North America. At the book's heart is a standardized typology of coffin hardware that recognizes stylistic and functional changes and a fresh look at the meanings and uses of the various motifs and decorative elements. Within the discussion of mass-produced coffin hardware in North America is new work connecting the North American industry with its British antecedents and a fresh analysis of the prime factors that led to the introduction and spread of mass-produced coffin hardware. Extensively illustrated with examples of coffin hardware to aid scholars and professionals in identification.

    Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Typology Chapter 3: Children's Hardware Chapter 4: Coffins as Artifacts Chapter 5: Safety and Security Systems Chapter 6: Antecedents Chapter 7: Motifs Chapter 8: Gender, Status, and Ethnicity Chapter 9: Conclusion References Appendix Index About the Author


    Megan E Springate