Coffin Cradle


From the Strand Magazine - Vol 8, 1894:

Here we have an article which brings both extremes of existence together—the symbol of death is used to rest the babe who has just begun life—birth and death are mentally associated upon contemplating this peculiar outcome of man's mind. Whether intended to impress the growing child with the nearness of death, and to demand a due reverence for the future state of man, or whether merely the result of a morbid desire to connect the mind continually with the undertaker, I cannot venture to say; although it must be admitted that the cross fixed at the head of this curious cradle substantiates the supposition that a religious idea prompted its construction. The bells, which tinkle upon occasions when the cradle is being rocked, seem to point to the wish on the parents' part to comfort the little darling of humanity destined to occupy this coffin-cradle.
     Posted By: Alex - Tue May 12, 2020
     Category: Babies | Death | Furniture





Comments
Definitely very Addams Family. Kidding aside, I can’t imagine any parent wanting this, especially in an era when infant deaths were high.
Posted by Brian on 05/14/20 at 08:49 AM
Me neither. This coffin-cradle looks noisy and the baby could easily fall down. Morticia would prefer a bigger coffin, closer to the ground, without bells, built more like a rocking chair and with washable upholstery.
Posted by Yudith on 05/14/20 at 06:24 PM
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