Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!

Seed Time to Harvest: the Harner memoirs

In my last blog post I introduced John Zimmerman Harner (1872-1965) and his JZH Alphabet Series trivets. The 1950s era photo above shows John Harner in the basement of his Boyertown, Pennsylvania … Continue reading


JZH Alphabet Series trivets

Image of John Z. Harner reprinted with permission of David Esser, Kutztown Publishing Company, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In his lifetime John Zimmerman Harner (1872-1965) was both a manager and owner of the … Continue reading

March 1, 2018

Motto trivets

Enameled cast iron, 6 1/2 x 5 1/4″ w/four feet. On reverse: © WILTON. Motto trivets, dating from the 1950s, are the most whimsical of collectible trivets. The sayings are … Continue reading

February 15, 2018

Evolving as a trivet collector

Are you a new collector, or have you been collecting for awhile? Either way, as a fellow triveteer I welcome you; trivet collecting is such an interesting hobby! But if … Continue reading

February 1, 2018

The Muster geschutzt stand and Feldmeyer fuel iron

This beautifully designed cast iron German sadiron stand/trivet features a benevolent sun. It’s in near mint condition with its original nickel plating. A trivet of this type would have supported … Continue reading

January 15, 2018


New Years Day is traditionally the day when people make resolutions that can improve their lives. Can I make a suggestion? JOIN PITCA, the national organization for pressing iron and trivet … Continue reading

January 1, 2018

Merry Christmas 1888 horseshoe plaque trivet

What are horseshoe plaque trivets? Since they don’t have legs they’re not trivets in the traditional sense; but they’re fine castings with an interesting history. Predominantly made of cast iron, they … Continue reading

December 15, 2017

The “Blue Book” by Kelly and Ellwood

It’s not enough to find, clean and display trivets; it’s also important to learn all we can about them. Are they old or new? How and where were they made? … Continue reading

December 1, 2017

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