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This listing is rather unusual (to say the least)! It includes two antique casket accessories dating to the early 1900s. They are from the Paas Hardware and Funeral Home, which also sold windmills, tinware and cooking utensils. The plaque was bolted onto the casket as a manufacturer's tag/identification of the funeral home. The tag says, "Paas Funeral Home, Edmond, OK, Phone 96. It is made of metal of some type. And, the key would open and close the casket lid. It has an intricate floral Art Nouveau type design on it. Rather than having a regular end to it, the "key" end looks like a screw indicating that it screwed in instead of locking and unlocking. The following is an interesting bit of history concerning the origins of these unique historical objects.

HISTORY of these Items:

First the railroad came laying down ribbons of steel across Oklahoma's Unassigned lands in 1887, Edmond Station being one of many coaling and watering stops on this Santa Fe line. Broad Street became the major street in town. It was much wider than any other streets, mainly to accommodate horse drawn wagons loaded with goods for the new village. By 1890 the street became known as Broadway with a wide variety of shops and businesses in a two block area from 2nd Street north to Main.

One of the many businesses built to accommodate the growing needs of Edmond's population was Paas Hardware and Funeral Home, which also sold windmills, tinware and cooking utensils.

In 1982, the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust was created, its mission to Preserve, Protect, and Promote Edmond's Heritage, Landmarks, & Sites. The Trust began recognizing many of the early-day downtown businesses and their locations with a small plaque attached to the front of each building. All total in a two block area there are 38 plaques. Today, a walk of these two blocks brings history alive with names of stores of a by-gone era. Hayes Clothing in 1915 sold "All Wool Overcoats for Men"at 109 South Broadway.

AND, around the same time, at 114 South Broadway, Paas Hardware and Funeral Home sold windmills, tinware and cooking utensils. This is the origin of this unusual casket accessory collection!

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