Patent 5729921 Issued on March 24, 1998. Estimated Expiration Date: January 18, 2016. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A burial marker and display box for the preservation of memorabilia and/or ashes of an individual or individuals. An air- and water-tight container that resists the onslaught of the elements carries or holds a second air- and water-tight container that is removable from the first. The first container may be lockable so as to secure the contents therein. The second container is removable from the first container and has a display window that allows visual inspection of the contents therein. The marker box is interred in the ground, much like a headstone, and allows visiting relatives and friends of the deceased to inspect the preserved memorabilia within the container. Ashes of an individual may also be carried by the container. If memorabilia are to be held in the container along with the ashes, a partition may be included to seal the ashes off from the memorabilia. Alternative embodiments allow several cylinder containers to be held in one single burial marker and display box. Audio and/or video recordings may also be permanently carried by the marker box to allow visiting individuals to hear and/or see the memorialized individual or individuals.