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PM Cunningham, Tinner
The tinsmith and his peddlar's cart
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Used to have a fine cart and products
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till someone ran off with them all

From his humble beginnings as a teenaged broom maker at Living History Farms in Des Moines, Iowa, Patrick (P.M.) Cunningham learned to make tin for living museums such as Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA., and Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA.

When he first moved to Madison, IN, Mr. Cunningham worked as Master Tinner  for Maintenance and Restoration of Indiana State Museums and Historic Sites. As a Master Tinner, he replicates everything from original architectural pieces to everyday 19th century kitchen items. Mr. Cunningham has gone so far as to build a camp stove according to the patent record of 1864, by George A. Higgins of New York.

Cunningham creates one-of-a-kind, hot-dipped-by-hand, tin wares, specializing in mid-19th century reproductions for individuals, museums, educational institutions and re-enactors. His tin goods have appeared in the movie “Gangs of New York”. Hot-dipped tin, such that he prefers to work with, was made prior to the invention of electroplated tin in the early part of the 20th century.