Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!
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. It measures 9″ x 3.75″ x 1.25″.
Actually, I’ve only seen it offered for sale twice before, and again both times on eBay … once in 2001 and again in 2005. So I was thrilled when I ended up the top eBay bidder out of twelve last evening.
The version I purchased is made of cast iron; the example on p.179 of the book “Trivets & Stands” is brass. Below is a close-up so you can appreciate the detail!
This trivet also appears on p.141 of Esther Berney’s book “A Collectors Guide To Trivets & Stands”. 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.”
Be aware that there’s a Metropolitan Museum of Art reproduction of this trivet, signed MMA on the reverse.
Also, there’s ongoing debate among collectors as to whether this design represented 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. Difference between bees and flies.