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Harrison Ditzler & Co., Lititz PA. “trivet”

Ditzler1 Ditzler2I’ve had this little brass acorn-shaped treasure in my collection for a few years. It has the properties of a trivet, with three splayed feet and a 5 1/4″ flat surface. An internet search provided the following information:

♥ On a Harrison Ditzler was born on 7 February 1859 and died 17 March, 1906 in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

♥ Also on is an ad reading: HARRISON DITZLER, Makes Cement Pavements, Walks, Steps, Coping, Curbs and Floors, and all other kinds of CONCRETE WORK at short notice, guaranteeing satisfaction in all work. Give him a trial. FRONT ST., LITITZ

♥ On LiveAuctioneers:  a similar brass piece was sold on on 5/31/2008. It was listed as “Harrison & Ditzler & Co. Brass Cement Marker. Lititz, PA., 6″ t., (Very Good).” It sold for $110.

Sidewalk markers were popular in the late 1800s – early 1900s. However,  all the metal markers I’ve seen picture a straight center post for anchoring. If Ditzler marked his concrete work with metal plates, he may also have commissioned some shaped as a trivet, as advertising for the Ditzler Company.

So … if you have any information about this “trivet” please comment below. Thanks in advance!

Update for 6/6/16: I received an email reply from Cory Brookhoven, the President of the Lititz Historical Foundation. He offered the same internet links I found and concluded “This seems to be a cement marker of some kind.” I asked if he knew of any existing sidewalks in the Lititz area with this marker and he replied “I don’t remember any offhand, but will certainly keep my eyes open now!”

Update for 9/28/16: This is now in the collection of Jim Ellwood (co-author of Trivets & Stands). He wrote me saying “It is an advertising trivet. I had a lot of dealer friends who lived in Lititz and I bought a lot of great stuff there, including chocolate and pretzels. Great little town.”

4 comments on “Harrison Ditzler & Co., Lititz PA. “trivet”

  1. Jack Horbal
    June 4, 2016

    Lynn, perhaps the Lititz Historical Society might help.
    Cheers, Jack

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lynn Rosack
      June 4, 2016

      Great idea, Jack. I sent them an email with a link to this blog entry. Maybe someone in Lititz will have a record of Harrison Ditzler or know something about this casting.


    • Lynn Rosack
      June 6, 2016

      See my update above.


  2. marianbeaman
    June 4, 2016

    My mother was born on a farm near Lititz and may have known about the Ditzler Company. The design has a combination shamrock and apple shape. Interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

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