Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!
At one time I had 80+ horseshoe plaque trivets in my collection. Over the years I’ve sold the majority of them to fellow collectors, in particular to my friend Bill Kotrba of Connecticut. He and his wife Sandy collect and research these and at this time have 105 horseshoe plaques, most of which are different designs. This rare YMCA horseshoe plaque trivet, pictured on p.73 of my book The Expanded A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets, found a special place in their collection.
COMPOSITION: cast iron with traces of the original gold paint.
DIMENSIONS: 6 1/4 x 4 1/4″ and flat on the reverse (as all these trivets are) with backcoping to the horseshoe.
ON FACE: Y.M.C.A. and MIND SPIRIT BODY
ON REVERSE: DESIGNED BY Y.M.C.A. NORTHAMPTON (inscribed on triangle)
One of the most interesting things about collecting trivets is discovering the history behind a design! The Hampshire Regional YMCA provides some of the history behind the Northampton, Massachusetts YMCA, built in 1904. It’s my guess this horseshoe was either sold as a fundraiser before or during construction or designed and cast soon after the YMCA opened.
I was also excited to find this RPPC (real photo post card) of the Northampton YMCA a few years ago on eBay. After scanning the image, by using Adobe Photoshop I was able to sharpen the picture. The postcard was designed to look like the bark of a tree, with a section peeled back to reveal the image. This RPPC postcard is dated 1906 (on the front) and the back of the card is postmarked 1908.
PS: I ended up purchasing this YMCA Horseshoe Plaque Trivet back from Bill. (What goes around comes around!)