I first read about 'feather crowns' in The Ozark Mountaineer Magazine some years ago. I've been looking for the exact issue, but have been unable to find it.
Feather crowns are formed inside the pillow of a dying person, especially one who 'lingers'. After the person dies, the family opens the pillow and searches through the feathers for a crown. These mostly consist of halo shaped groups of feathers, though some are more like a feather 'cap'. These feather crowns were greatly prized by the family, as proof that their loved one had gone straight to heaven and were shown off to neighbors. Some crowns were saved for years in boxes by the families and some were said to have quite a collection of them. There are even stories of people being buried with a loved ones feather crown.
Have any of you ever heard of them or seen one?