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The fabulous fly trivet

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Cast iron; 9″ x 3.75″ with 3 1.25″ legs

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.”

Update 1/25/20

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.

Update 1/21/20

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.

Update 11/5/19

Be aware that there’s a Metropolitan Museum of Art reproduction of this trivet, signed © MMA on the reverse.

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.

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This entry was posted on July 18, 2008 by in Antique Trivets & Stands, Reproduction Trivets, Update and tagged , , .