Bray, Derin T.
Hingham Historical Commission, ( (2014)), Hingham, MA
31 cm. xv, 208 pp. Color plates throughout.
Imagine unlocking a forgotten storage shed on your family farm, only to discover the only pre-industrial toy shop still standing in America? Before the Industrial Revolution, Hingham (Massachusetts) was known nationwide as Bucket Town for its quality wooden buckets, boxes, household tools and even Revolutionary War canteens. Over 400 coopers in Hingham created these items. The first community of professional toymakers in America, they crafted wooden toys for generations of children wooden furniture in miniature, miniature buckets, and boxes. The discovery began a hunt for similar artifacts, culminating in this meticulously researched book. Its a book any collector of antique furniture, miniatures, and wooden toys should have. – Hingham Historical Commission. First and only edition. No copies available through the usual sources. Brilliantly illustrated! Fine condition in fine dust jacket.