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Coffin plates are decorative adornments attached to the coffin that contain free genealogical information like the name and death date of the deceased. Here is the inscription from a coffin plate I spotted in an antique store in Massachusetts
Henry F. Fisk Died May 17, 1900 age 2 days
More Coffin Plates (almost 400 now!) can be freely viewed at AncestorsAtRest.com