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Displaying little trivets


Need an easy and attractive way to wall display toy sized trivets? Select a good quality framed cork board and hang them using hook push pins! My small trivets vary between 3 1/4″ and 6 3/4″ inches in length, mounted on a 17″ x 23″ oak framed board.

This board has a sturdy universal mounting system which can be hung vertically or horizontally. And, once inserted, the push pins are secure. I used Ubrands cork bulletin board with industrial grade backing and Ubrands hook push pins, purchased at Target.

Click twice to further enlarge the photo. These little antique trivets date from the mid-late 1800s into the early 1900s. Many of these can be found in The Collector’s Guide to Trivets & Stands, Kelly & Ellwood, 1990, on pages 248-254. You’ll also find them illustrated and described in the two Politzer books Tuesday’s Children (1977) and Early Tuesday Morning (1986).

2 comments on “Displaying little trivets

  1. marianbeaman
    May 16, 2016

    Tiny trivets would be purely decorative I believe unless you are talking about a hot pot in a doll house – ha!

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    • Lynn Rosack
      May 16, 2016

      While women ironed with irons heated on a cast iron wood stove, daughters were nearby, busy pressing their dolls’ clothes. Play was not only fun but training for future adult responsibilities.

      Toy irons were also utilized by women for pressing tucks, fluting, ribbon or lace. A corresponding little trivet would support the hot iron.

      But you’re right, Marian … today they are purely decorative.

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