Exceptional Early Hingham Bucket
An exceptional 19th c. wooden bucket in original paints.
Constructed in Hingham cooperage fashion, by an unknown and undiscovered maker. Comprised of pine wood staving with a tapered profile. Each reinforcement band is constructed from bentwood ash and features a series of three iron nails securing the lap joint. Several wooden pins were also employed as added measure to prevent both bands from slipping.
Protruding ears at the top of two staves provide attachement of the handle to the body via two wonderfully formed mushroom shaped pins, each formed from maple wood and faceted on the exterior and chamfered. The bentwood handle is secured to each pin and secured via small, whittled pine wood pins.
A wooden three board bottom is attached via a small groove. The underside is stamped "DM", the original makers mark. Later in ownership, "GORHAM" was branded into the bottom adding another unknown title of ownership.
Constructed in the typical fashion of Hingham bucket making, while unidentified, this bucket presents itself in an extremely pleasing manner in many characteristics, most notably the size. Precision and skill remain a focal point in the development of this bucket as evident by use of quality woods and care, ensuring its survival and condition.
Likely made by a dry cooper and used lightly around a shop or farmstead.
Remains in an extremely well desirable state of original condition, free from the common issues associated with early cooperage. A light coat of early varnish or shellac remains, providing protection for paint during in-period use. Possesses superb surface elements.
For the advanced collector seeking a best-of-kind example of early treenware.
Hingham, MA origin. Ca. 1820. 16"OAH x 14"W.