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Auctioned document was artifact of Bristol 19th-century casket operation

Time Capsule Vermont: Local history

A piece of Bristol, Vt., history went on sale on the Internet’s eBay site, recently.

A piece of Bristol, Vt., history went on sale on the Internet’s eBay site, recently.

— A piece of Bristol business history went on sale on the Internet’s eBay site, recently.

A collector auctioned off a business document from the former Bristol Manufacturing Company, at one time the nation’s largest maker of wooden funeral caskets.

With beginnings in 1862, the Addison County firm morphed over time and became known by its final name in 1877.

The business lasted into the Great Depression of the 1930s and then closed. Several fires destroyed what buildings remained of the operation.

No details of the auction price are available.

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