RARE MINIATURE BENT-PINE COVERED FIRKIN, COTTON HERSEY, HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1875.

Est. $2,000-$2,500

Sold: $4,560 ($3,800)

Of stave and hoop construction with three fingers and swing handle, stamped “C.H” under the base. Height over handle 3 ⅜ inches.

Provenance: Pam Boynton, Groton, Massachusetts, 1989.

Literature: For a discussion and images regarding the cooper Cotton Hersey (1792-1881), see Derin T. Bray, “Bucket Town: Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1635-1945,” pp. 104-110, and the listing on p. 177, n. 128.