Old Fashioned Coffins

In the United States, it has become quite rare to bury the dead in old fashioned coffins. For practical-minded Americans, it is more convenient to use a casket with its rectangular shape and a split lid to allow mourners to see their departed loved one’s face during the wake. And of course, casket stands with wheels make it easier to transfer the body when it is time to go to the cemetery. Old fashioned coffins and any other type coffin have a rather irregular hexagonal shape that has sides that taper from the shoulder to the feet. This particular attribute has earned it the nickname “toe pincher.” Also, greater care has to be taken when lowering the coffin into the dug grave due to its shape. Even though the old fashioned coffins are not as symmetrical as their casket counterparts, they have started to appeal to a wider audience in the US.

The Return of Old Fashioned Coffins

With the popularity of gothic culture, images of these old fashioned coffins are often seen in various media. The idea of romanticizing with vampires has also greatly helped in the resurgence of coffins, making it a more mainstream choice for most people.  Old fashioned coffins are made of solid wood from trees such as oak, elm, mahogany, pine, and walnut. Due to budget constraints, manufacturers have recently started selling coffins made of wood veneer, which is the cheaper alternative to the old fashioned coffins. The fittings and handles on coffins are usually brass-plated or brass-colored, and you will rarely find ones that are made of solid brass like the ones used in the olden times. There are also eco friendly options for those who are concerned about the environment. There are now coffins made from bamboo, willow, and cardboard. Wicker style coffins have in fact become quite popular in Europe and will no doubt become a big hit in America as well.

Adding a Modern Twist

Just because old fashioned coffins are a throwback to past eras doesn’t mean that you can’t update the look and still keep the general esthetic. One technique that is commonly being used is to add designs and paintings on the outside of the coffin. You can choose from any theme that you like, whether it is a scene from nature or maybe some religious references and icons. The only limitation is that copyrighted images may not be used, unless the manufacturer will be given permission to use those designs. A variety of finishes are also employed, from traditional varnish to high-gloss lacquer or maybe even custom-painted colors.

A Final Note

There is no reason that your dearly departed’s final receptacle should be dull and boring. In fact, most families choose a coffin that would reflect or suit the personality of the deceased best. While the more elaborate pieces can cost up to thousands of dollars, a customized coffin can also be had for around $499.00, which is roughly the same price of a typical pine coffin. Prices will vary and since most manufacturers do not directly sell to individuals, you will need to get in touch with your local funeral directors to get exact prices on the pieces that you are interested in.