The British coffin style provide a classic look, modest and traditional. These are characterised by a flat top, the sarcophagus (coffin shaped) i.e. narrower at the head and toes than at the shoulders and simple fittings. They can be enhanced with raised lids and additional detailing on the side of the coffins called wreaths.
The standard British coffin is traditionally shaped (wider at the shoulders, narrowing towards the head and feet) and has a one-piece lid which is separate from the rest and is fixed down with screws. The idea of open coffins has not caught on here and most people regard the idea with some distaste. The American rectangular casket with a hinged lid is becoming available but is far from common. Coffins are normally made of oak or elm, with brass fittings, but for cremations they are pine (sometimes veneered with a finer wood) with plastic fittings colored brass.
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