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Grave 1881 and Coffin 1878 Torpedoes Patent Papers

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Grave 1881 and Coffin 1878 Torpedoes Patent Papers

6 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid-free paper. Fully Illustrated.

At a time when grave robbers were stealing jewels or other valuables or corpses for "medical research" these devices offered pretty serious protection from disturbance.

One historical incident occurred during the evening of November 7, 1876, when a group of counterfeiters tried to abscond with Abraham Lincoln's mortal remains from his grave in Springfield, Illinois, in order to secure the release of their imprisoned leader, counterfeit engraver Benjamin Boyd. However, a secret service agent was present and had notified the police beforehand, so the attempted grave robbers only succeeded in the dislodgment of the lid of his coffin. As a consequence, when reburied, additional security measures prevented further depredations against Lincoln's body

Contents - Index:

  • Pages: 6
  • Grave and Coffin Torpedoes
  • Description of Placement
  • Description of Use
  • Invention Torpedo to Protect Coffin and Contents
  • Invention Torpedo To Protect Interred Body
  • Patent 1878 / Invention Grave Torpedo 1881
  • View of Internal Mechanisms