Masonic Casket Plate
hand-engraved Masonic Casket Plate - "Joel Page. Died July 15, 1870. Age
79 years." These antique casket
plates are among the most bizarre collectibles we have
seen to date. We are personally acquainted with long-term
collectors of these engraved plates which were placed on coffins and
were removed prior to burial and given as a keepsake to the family of the
deceased. Large plate approx 5.75
inches by 6.5 inches. Some tarnish.
The scans below came from an 1882 Catalog titled
"Coffin and Casket Trimming" by the C. Rogers & Brothers Company of Meriden,
Conn., U.S.A. It was distributed to funeral directors offering high
quality casket accessories such as handles, name plates and emblem shields.
Name Plates for Engraving
A special "Thank You" to Judy
Redfield, the co-author of "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers"
for scanning the above catalog for all their Masonic accessories.