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The general fear of premature burial led to the invention of many safety devices which could be incorporated into coffins. Most consisted of some type of device for communication to the outside world such as a cord attached to a bell that the interred person could ring should he revive after the burial. Other variations on the bell included flags and pyrotechnics. Some designs included ladders, escape hatches, and even feeding tubes, but many forgot a method for providing air.

A Queen Anne Silver Monteith, Robert Timbrell & Joseph Bell, London, 1710 the deep bowl with two fluted bands divided by band of inverted bosses against matted ground, both sides chased with cartouches of foliate strapwork, shell and scales and enclosing engraved crests, with ring handles mounted on lion masks and raised on partially fluted foot, the detachable collar with scalloped rim applied with cherub heads flanked by rope-twist scrolls,