A STRIKING DISCOVERY! … A TREASURE TROVE OF RARE AMERICAN TIN TOYS!
Take a journey of discovery into the seldom seen world of early American tin toys made between 1860 and 1890. Enjoy a rich photo tour of one-of-a-kind toys that are passionately pursued by private collectors and renowned museums.
Thirty Pieces of Tin is a labor of love written by long time collector and antique dealer Dr. Jim Spina of Annapolis, Maryland. In it, he shows the reader a panoply of old toys that double as works of art. These hand painted playthings of long ago now serve as highly sought after examples of folk art and early American craftsmanship. Many were made in the American Northeast, stretching from Connecticut to New York and on to Pennsylvania. Originally sold for pennies, some now bring prices in the thousands
Jim Spina has been an educator all his adult life. He currently lecturers at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His avocations of historian, antique toy dealer and writer led to this first novel. It was a labor of love, first started in 1983. He previously published a reference book on early American toys entitled Thirty Pieces of Tin. The book, which describes a fantastic discovery of a hoard of rare toys, received wide recognition from toy collectors. He resides with his wife Lori in Annapolis, Maryland.