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Victorian Mourning Shadow Box with Flowers & Casket Plate

Victorian Mourning Shadow Box with Flowers & Casket Plate

Regular price $300.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $300.00 USD
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A very rare, late Victorian memorial consisting of a large casket plate surrounded by cloth flowers in its original shadow box.

Customers sometimes ask me why and how casket plates and ornaments come up for sale… fearing that contemporary people are disturbing cemeteries or something similarly sinister. In fact, it was the custom to remove any plates or ornaments before burial, and for the family to retain them as keepsakes. Memorial assemblages could include casket ornaments like plates or handles, flowers (both real & artificial), funeral cards, photos, hair, needlework, ribbons with sentimental mottos like “We Mourn Our Loss,” etc.

Although there is an established precedent for casket plates being framed, it’s relatively rare to actually find one. This is a particularly nice example, large and silver plated. The flowers are made of cloth- kits were available for women to assemble them at home as a popular craft.

The box is overall in excellent condition with a very faint water stain in the bottom right corner and some minor wear to the patina of the frame. Ships fully insured.

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