Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!

Trivets with names or initials


Here are two interesting antique cast iron trivets I recently won at the Eckstein Pressing Iron & Trivet Collection auction, held before the 2016 PITCA Convention. Denny & Janet Eckstein are from Ohio; their lifetime collection included pressing irons, trivets, fluters and other related items.

Both of these trivets are new to me and perhaps to you as well. Their design and molding suggests casting in the 1880-1910 era. After photographing and cataloging, they’re going to a private collector in California.


The design on the left features an arrowhead, a rosette and a decorative double-ring handle. It measures 10.5 x 4.25″ with three 1.375″ legs. Note the name J. J. Anderson on the face. There’s one gate mark along the lower left edge, near the left lower leg. An internet search reveals a person by the name of James J. Anderson of South Haven, Michigan who filed US Patent 733931 on 7/21/1903 for a furnace for melting metals. He was assignor for the Oil Burner Furnace Company of Wisconsin. Perhaps this bears some relationship to the name on this trivet!

The design on the right features a life-sized acorn at the apex and incorporates the initials GA (or AG) in the center. It measures 10 x 4.5″ with three 1.75” splayed legs. It appears to have been cast through the edge. I’ve been unable to identify the significance of the letters, which may be a personal monogram but more likely signify a company.


Do you have either of these trivets in your collection or have any additional information to share? I’d appreciate your comments.

2 comments on “Trivets with names or initials

  1. Pat
    January 23, 2017

    Do you think these were used for irons that were heated on the stove?

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    • Lynn Rosack
      January 23, 2017

      Absolutely! πŸ™‚ Their sad-iron shape would make them perfect for that. And their long legs would protect a wooden table from a hot pan or tea/coffee pot.


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