“So beautiful, even in death, that the dwarfs could not find it in their hearts to bury her. They fashioned a coffin of glass and gold, and kept eternal vigil at her side. The Prince, who had searched far and wide, heard of the maiden who slept in the glass coffin.”
Snow White's Glass Coffin is a glass coffin that appeared in the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is built by the Seven Dwarfs to hold Snow White's body after she is poisoned by her stepmother, the Evil Queen. As the dwarfs say their farewell, the Prince finds the coffin and awakens Snow White with 'Love's First Kiss'.
The glass coffin appears when the narrator tells finding her so beautiful, even in death, the dwarfs cannot find it in their hearts to bury Snow White, who is poisoned by her stepmother, the Evil Queen. Then they decide to fashion the handmade coffin which is made by glass and gold, and kept the princess in, watch over her day and night.
As the time goes by, the Prince hears of this and rides to the clearing where her coffin has been placed. The dwarfs and forest animals make way for the Prince to approach Snow White. He then gives the princess a kiss, a "Love's First Kiss", which breaks the curse, reviving Snow White. She wakes up and, upon seeing the Prince, extends her arms out to him as he scoops her up in her arms.
The glass coffin appears in Once Upon a Time. Prince Charming rides his horse as he enters the woods and approaches the Seven Dwarfs, who are located in a clearing, around the glass coffin they built for Snow White, who is comatose after ingesting a poisoned apple, and presumably believed to be dead. Doc tells the Prince that he's too late, and when he sees his beloved princess confined in the coffin, he is horrified. He looks at her, with a melancholic gaze, and orders the dwarfs to open the casket. Grumpy tells him that she's gone, but a teary-eyed Prince begs him to at least allow him to say goodbye. The depressed dwarfs remove the glass top of the coffin, and the prince leans down for a kiss. When he kisses her, waves of magic are spread through the air, and the area, that was dark and slowly being covered with snow, is filled with light and life. Snow White opens her eyes and gasps. As she regains consciousness, she turns the prince, recognizes him and says that he found her. He asks her if she ever doubted he would. She jokes that the glass coffin gave her pause. He comforts her, saying she'll never have to worry as he'll always find her.
After an earthquake shakes Storybrooke and collapses a mine, Regina is one of the first people on the scene. While there, she notices a piece of decorative glass which belonged to Snow White's glass coffin, but when Henry asks what it is she pockets it and tells him its nothing. Henry later sneaks into the mines and finds more pieces of glass from the coffin, but he becomes trapped with Archie. After the two are brought back to safety, Regina embraces her son. Later on, the mayor drops the glass she found down a shaft into the mines, where it lands with the rest of Snow's glass coffin.
After Henry's life is put in jeopardy after eating a poisoned apple turnover, Emma Swan goes into the mines to collect a potion from inside Maleficent that will save his life. Whilst down in the mines, she comes across her mother's old glass coffin which is now full of dirt and dust.
After learning David and Snow plan on leaving for the Enchanted Forest without Regina, she approaches Henry and tells him that she plans to enact a trigger within the curse, a "fail-safe", that will destroy the town and kill everyone. He is strongly opposed to the idea and so she wipes the conversation from his mind before being approached in her office by Captain Hook, who straight away admits that he's been sent there by Greg and Tamara to trick her. She tells him about her fail-safe and that it will end up killing Rumplestiltskin, and so he agrees to help her retrieve it. The two of them go down the library elevator using magic and into the caves beneath the building. As this is going on, Regina retrieves a pouch from the glass coffin which contains a large black diamond - the fail-safe. She returns to the surface where Hook is waiting for her, having been saved by Greg and Tamara, who are waiting also.
To separate Snow and David from each other forever, the Evil Queen places a sleeping curse on their hearts. After Snow goes into a deep sleep, she is transported to the forest, where her body lies in the glass coffin. The lid is pulled off so David can give her true love's kiss, and like the first time so many years ago, Snow is freed from the curse and awakens. However, since the curse dictates only one of them can be awake at any given time, David suddenly collapses unconscious. Snow sits up in the coffin, alarmed at her husband's state, and later discovers the reason for it.
Differences from the source material
In the story, the coffin is only made for Snow White to place her in. And the prince is enchanted by her beauty and orders his servants to bring Snow White's coffin.