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1800s Funeral Home Embalming Table National Casket Co (Christiansburg)
National Casket Co. Top Veneer & Brass Fittings Embalming Table.
When someone died at home in the mid 1800's, the funeral director would take this table to the home, set it up and proceed to embalm the body. This table was manufactured by the National Casket Co. and featured their new process of veneering and use of brass hardware. The table frame is made from what appears to be oak, has turned legs and the hinges, lock and handle appear to be solid brass. This was found in a New England barn and is in "as found" condition.
Measures: Folded 36" x 18" x 6" When the legs are unfolded, it stands approx. 24" high.
Condition: It is evident that National Casket Co. did not have a good thing with the veneer. As it became wet it separated/delaminated. The body of the table is solid (oak?) and none of the legs have any damage. The veneer could be restored or your could remove all of it and replace it with another piece of wood and use the veneer as a pattern to drill the holes in the original pattern. The table used to tip up at the waist of the person being embalmed, but the hinges there are no longer present and the section has been nailed down. There used to be a "head block" that fit into the three holes that is missing. This would make for a great restoration project and the table would always be a conversation piece. This is a very rare and interesting piece of history, much history has been on it. Being sold as is. We are open to offers. Serious inquires only. No low offers- Price will be in the 100's! We are not replying to spam, **leave a phone number and we will get back to you. Thank you.
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