Miniature Bucket in Original Blue Paint, Made by Cotton Hersey, Hingham, MA, ca. 1835



Derin Bray is an art & antique dealer based in the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He spends most days traveling the country in search of exceptional American folk art, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera and hand-crafted items from the colonial period through the early twentieth century. 

A habitual researcher, Derin is the author of the award-winning book Bucket Town: Woodenware & Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1636-1945 and co-curator of the accompanying exhibition at Old Sturbridge Village. He is co-author of To Please Any Taste: The Furniture and Furniture Makers of Litchfield County, 1780-1830 and is a contributing author to the landmark publication Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850.

Derin has been immersed in the field of American art and antiques for more than fifteen years. He previously served as a specialist in American furniture and folk art at a major New England auction house and has worked as an author, curator, Lecturer, and research consultant for prominent collectors and institutions Throughout the Country. He earned a degree in history from Yale, where he worked at the Mable Brady Garvan Furniture Study, and is a graduate of the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware. He is a member of the Ephemera Society of America, Daguerreian Society, and Circus Historical Society. 

An admirerer of the Unusual and Offbeat, Derin’s personal collection of early sideshow and Tattoo Ephemera and Photography has been featured in Numerous publications and exhibitions.