Posted 10 years ago
I am a collector of Vaseline and Art Glass. At one of my glass conventions another member brought this piece of furniture with his Vaseline Art Glass in it, and I fell in love with it. He told me it was a viewing casket and he got it on the East Coast some years before. As it turns out, he was moving so I offered to buy it from him and now it's mine!
In transit, a corner of the wood was knocked loose. I took it to a local antique furniture restorer for repair, (he was from Italy) and he was as amazed and bewildered as I was to who and when it was made. He assured me it was OLD....and it was a viewing casket. As you can see by the pictures it is a large piece. At both ends there are 2 wooden handles that can be pulled out about 3 feet from below the bottom in order to carry it. When someone would have been placed in there, they would have probably been on some kind of pillow or mattress that would have raised them up a bit. At the widest point the casket is 6' wide. Folks back then when much shorter.
I have since had appraisers in to see it also, and everybody throws their hands up with ?????
I was hoping somebody out there would perhaps know something about it, or at least turn me in the correct direction to find out.
Thanks in advance....