Gateway Object: Brass Handle

Brass coffin handle
Brass coffin handle reverse


This handle is sand cast with a cotter pin attachment. By the mid 1960s, sand casting wasn’t seen to be the a very efficient process. As a result, Newman Brothers commissioned die-casting companies and hot stamping specialists to produce a range of their designs for them. This handle also came in a variety of finishes, including ‘Antique Brass’.


There are two types of coffin furniture designs: ‘General’ or ‘Registered’. Common designs that stayed in fashion and were produced by many manufacturers were referred to as ‘General’. ‘Registered’ designs were copyrighted and exclusive to a particular manufacturer, they had to be registered with the Board of Trade in London.

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