The most unique we’ve had in the shop, this one is a “toe-biter” design, most are simple oblong shapes. These were made for transporting bodies. The wicker allowed the body to “breathe” during transport prior to body preparation and avoided advanced decomposition that might result from being sealed in a box particularly in warm temperatures. These were used extensively during the civil war era and onward, the volume of deceased soldiers being transported back from the battlefields required this method. In cases of vertical transport, leather straps inside the casket held the body in place. There is some damage to the wicker as seen in the photograph however displays and presents beautifully.
Casket: 77 x 21 x 13
Lid: 77 x 21 x 5.