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Motto trivets

Enameled cast iron, 6 1/2 x 5 1/4″ w/four feet. On reverse: © WILTON.

Motto trivets, dating from the 1950s, are the most whimsical of collectible trivets. The sayings are familiar, reminiscent of a time when the kitchen was the heart of the home and a mortgaged home was the American dream. Most of these trivets were accent painted with enamels but you may find some in a flat black finish. Companies that produced cast iron motto trivets included JZH, Wilton, John Wright, Iron Art, and Cross Publishing Company.

Cast iron, 9 x 4 1/2″ w/three feet. On reverse: T4, CROSS PUBL. CO. ELIZABETH N.J. and © MADE IN USA.

There was also another category of Motto Trivet: the smaller, lightweight aluminum trivets often found along highways at roadside eateries or souvenir stands. Companies that sold aluminum motto trivets included John Wright and Emig; however, many were unsigned ~ or simply signed MADE IN USA. When you examine a motto trivet, keep in mind that aluminum doesn’t attract a magnet.

1968 catalog page: Robert Emig Products, Reading, PA; signed EMIG.

As you collect, be on the lookout for vintage trivets in the original packaging. This 6 1/2″ Wilton motto trivet is mint in box with the original gift tag which reads:

~ As practical as it is decorative ~
Reproduced from an early American original,
This artistic Trivet serves as an attractive standard
For teapots, hot plates, or flower pots.
Wilton Products, Inc.
Wrightsville, PA

One comment on “Motto trivets

  1. marianbeaman
    February 15, 2018

    I like seeing sayings on trivets. Many of these I remember from the 1950s and 60s. From your photos, I see some of the products come from Reading, PA, a place I can locate easily in my memory.

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