The Metal Toy Soldiers of Wm. Hocker, Proprietor



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A bit of a problem...

Bill Hocker - 13Sep11 2:41PM


Peter Clark sends this photo of his dilemma following the the recent DC earthquake: toy soldiers wedged twixt shelf and glass.


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1. M. J. Clitheroe - 20Oct11 2:14AM

What a mess!

The only way I could see this working out without damage to the figues would be a glass cutter to get at the figures from above.

Did he finally sort this out?
2. Peter Clark - 20Oct11 3:16PM


Yes, by placing pillows under the door and opening it slowly. Only a few figures were damaged when they struck each other. Of course, there are 50 toy soldier cabinet doors in the house, so it has taken quite a bit of time to put all the contents right. In the 'Hocker Room' ...
3. Peter Clark - 20Oct11 5:55PM


And in the hallway...
4. M. J. Clitheroe - 21Oct11 1:22AM

Wow! Talk about heaven on earth.

Glad the collection wasn't too badly knocked about.

Man I wish the family would let me set up something like this. But they would never let me, ho hum
5. - 24Oct11 4:40AM

Wow again! Those are great glass toy soldier or toy trains glass display cases. That would solve my "gathering dust" problem for my own toy soldier collection.
Thanks for posting those pics!
6. William H. Theodore - 28Oct11 12:50PM

these are great cabinets. Were they specially made or are they available commercially?
7. Peter Clark - 30Oct11 8:56AM


All of the cabinets were made by a cabinet maker on Capitol Hill in Washington, Peter Hackett. The spaces below the cabinets in "The Hocker Room" were specially designed to hold Bill's boxes -- except for the Zulu War, Diamond Jubilee and Buffalo Bill boxes -- which, alas, reside in a closet. I have a set of drawings for the hallway cabinets which I am happy to share. The cabinets in the basement level are of a slightly different style, with glass shelves. If anyone is interested in seeing some photos of these, I will post them. Keen-eyed observers will have noted that all the cabinet doors are oak -- reportedly the equivalent of toy soldier kryptonite. Perhaps, but these doors are all polyurethaned, on all surfaces, and I have never had any lead rot. The only thing I would change were I to do The Hocker Room again would be to use glass for shelving and figure out some better form of lighting.

Since 1983