One of the paradoxes of folk *medi-cine is that objects connected with death are deemed curative. In several parts of England, from the late 18th century to the end of the 19th, there are references to *rings made out of 'the handles of decayed coffins', or their hinges, or their lead lining, worn to prevent *cramp, fits, or rheumatism. In Shropshire, the ring was 'made of three rings taken from three coffins out of three several churchyards' (Opie and Tatem, 1989: 91).

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