Patent Model - Improvement in Coffin-Torpedoes

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Philip Clover (b.1844, d.1905), Patentee
Production date
Oct 08 1878
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Iron, steel, paperboard
1 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 2" (3.8 x 15.9 x 5.1cm)
Clover's invention "has for its object to provide a means which shall successfully prevent the unauthorized resurrection of dead bodies; and with this end in view my invention consists of a peculiarly-constructed torpedo, adapted to be readily secured to the coffin and the body of the contained corpse in such a manner that any attempt to remove the body after burial will cause the discharge of the cartridge contained in the torpedo and injury or death of the desecrator of the grave. (Patent Number 208,672)
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