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After succumbing to a fever of some sort in 1705, Irish woman Margorie McCall was hastily buried to prevent the spread of whatever had done her in. Margorie was buried with a valuable ring, which her husband had been unable to remove due to swelling. This made her an even better target for body snatchers, who could cash in on both the corpse and the ring.

The evening after Margorie was buried, before the soil had even settled, the grave-robbers showed up and started digging. Unable to pry the ring off the finger, they decided to cut the finger off. As soon as blood was drawn, Margorie awoke from her coma, sat straight up and screamed.

The fate of the grave-robbers remains unknown. One story says the men dropped dead on the spot, while another claims they fled and never returned to their chosen profession.

Margorie climbed out of the hole and made her way back to her home.

Her husband John, a doctor, was at home with the children when he heard a knock at the door. He told the children, “If your mother were still alive, I’d swear that was her knock.”

When he opened the door to find his wife standing there, dressed in her burial clothes, blood dripping from her finger but very much alive, he dropped dead to the floor. He was buried in the plot Margorie had vacated.

Margorie went on to re-marry and have several children. When she did finally die, she was returned to Shankill Cemetery in Lurgan, Ireland, where her gravestone still stands. It bears the inscription “Lived Once, Buried Twice.”

art-of-swords:

Tanto Dagger

  • Measurements: overall length 12 1/2 inches (31.75cm); blade length 6 3/4 inches (17.14cm)

The dagger has a tempered along the edge, tip and spine, and fitted with an ivory collar, spacers, and tsuba. The collar is decorated with a wrap-around scene of a small dog and a pig playing with a ball of string, while the top spacer is decorated with a scene of a dragon in flight, and the tsuba is square in profile, with a carved-through, a 3 dimensional scene of a dragon flying in clouds.

The fuchi and kashira are also carved with a dragon themed in ivory, a 2 line signature on the former, with a leather grip wrap and a pair of golden dragon menuki. The tang is signed “Nagahiro Saku”. The weapon has a carved hardwood saya, with a 3 symbol signature and a red inked ivory stamp inside the kogatana slot, carved ivory cloud inlaid panels, raised carved hardwood clouds and dragons with gold eyes, and a contrasting hardwood tip with a carved wraparound scene of a dragon in flight, with ivory inlaid claws and ivory, ebony and gold inlaid eyes.

The blade shows evidence of having been shortened from its original size. It has a square cut at the base eliminating some of the smith’s signature, and a second mekugiana which runs into the decorations of the blade. The temper line is wavy and well defined up to the tip, with the right side engraved with a trident, showing a ribbon wrapped around the shaft, and the left shows a single untranslated symbol over a pair of fullers. The tang is signed with 4 symbols on the right and 7 on the left. Equipped with a brass collar and a shirasaya-pattern hilt and saya.

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