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I really must thank President George W. Bush for our Economic Stimulus Rebate Check (Spring 2008) because I just spent my share on this wonderful fly trivet! It’s highly detailed on the face and unsigned on the reverse. Click once to enlarge the image and twice for a closeup.
I’ve wanted this design for several years, ever since I visited my fellow triveteer Doris in Connecticut in 2004. She had a cast iron fly trivet on her trivet wall of rarities and I was fascinated. So I was thrilled when I ended up the top eBay bidder out of twelve last evening. The cast iron version I purchased has the same measurements as the brass example on p.179 of the 1990 book “A Collectors Guide To Trivets & Stands”.
An example of the fly trivet also appears on p.141 of Esther Berney’s 1977 book “A Collectors Guide To Pressing Irons and Trivets”. She wrote: “To incorporate animals, birds or insects in trivet designs took greater craftsmanship than producing a similar geometric motif. That is why fewer such trivets were made.”
This cast iron version of the fly trivet is identical in size and design as the others with the exception of the letters A S on top. I emailed the seller during the auction and he confirmed the measurements are 9″ x 3.75″ x 1.25″, just as documented in T&S. It sold 1/25/20 for $131.50 on eBay. Image courtesy of Connie Denstedt.
This brass version of the fly trivet is identical in size, design and metal as shown on p.179 of the 1990 book “A Collectors Guide To Trivets & Stands”. It sold on eBay on 1/21/20 for $201.50. Image courtesy of Debbie MacLeod.
Finally, there’s ongoing debate among collectors as to whether this design represents a fly or a bee. You be the judge. Personally, I still believe it’s a fly, considering the design shows one pair of wings. A honeybee, in contrast, has two separate wings – a forewing and a hindwing – on each side. See the Printable Guide to Bees vs Flies from the WordPress blog Spring Beauty and the Bees.
Be aware that there’s a Metropolitan Museum of Art reproduction of the Fly trivet, signed © MMA on the reverse. It’s one size smaller than the antique version.