Burial Patents

Grave protrectors and alarms have been patented since the late 1800's, here are several patents for methods of accomplishing this as well as other burial techniques. A sort exerpt from the patent claims section has been included to explain the logistics of the patent.

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"Grave Protector"

Patented by M. Irion

May 4, 1880

It is known that bodies of persons are sometimes taken from coffins after they have been deposited in their graves, and my present invention has for its object the rendering of such an operation, if not impossible, far more difficult of accomplishment than it has heretofore been.

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"Coffin Attachment"

Patented by E. Miller

May 15, 1900

I am aware that numerious devices have been employed for maintaining bodies within coffins or caskets, but in none of them could the shoulders or upper portion of a corpse be held securely in position and in such a manner that ghouls would not be able to remove the body without breaking the holding device.

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"Grave Protector"

Patented by T. J. Brown

Oct. 4, 1904

The means employed for securing the corpse within the coffin consists of a plurality of substantially U-shaped metal members adapted to inclose the ankles or limbs and the neck, breast or other parts of the corpse and each provided with threaded ends to project through the bottom of the coffin.

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"Coffin"

Patented by F. Egerland & J. M. Freese

Feb. 19, 1895

The invention consists in the provision of a coffin of ordinary construction provided with a tube or pipe leading from the surface of the ground to a point inside the coffin for the purpose of providing air to maintain the life of a revivified person, the said pipe having a globe attached at one point between the coffin and the surface of the earth adapted to hold disinfecting material to prevent the discharge of poisonous or obnoxious gases from the coffin.

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"Apparatus For Signaling From Graves"

Patented by E.S. Crosby & E.R. Henry

Aug. 2, 1904

The principal object of the invention is to provide a comparatively simple and inexpensive apparatus for signaling from graves, which may be repeatedly be used, which will indicate by both audible and visable signals the return of animation in a buried person and which will supply pure oxygen to the buried person to stimulate and sustain life until the casket can be disinterred.

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"Apparatus For Signaling From Graves"

Patented by M.E. Griffith

Jan. 22, 1901

My invention relates to apparatus for signaling from graves, the objects of the same being to provide means for promptly indicating or announcing any disturbance of the grave, vault, or of the body previous to burial, to provide means for automatically sending in a signal to a central office in the event of a slight movement of the extremeties of the body after seeming cessation of life, and to provide means whereby visual indications will be made of any tampering of the grave, whether in quest of the cadaver or for the purpose of carrying off the body with a view to reward.

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"Combined Hearse and Passenger Vehicle"

Patented by F. Hulberg

Apr. 27, 1909

The invention relates to power-driven vehicles, such as automobiles, and its object is to provide a new and improved combined hearse and passenger vehicle, arranged to accommodate a coffin and flowers in one compartment and passengers in a separate compartment.

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"Method of Preserving the Dead"

Patented by J. Karwowski

Dec. 29, 1903

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in methods of preserving the dead; and has for its object the provision of a means whereby a corpse may be hermetically incased within a block of transparent glass, whereby being effectually excluded from air the corpse will be maintained for an indefinate period in a perfect and life-like condition.

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