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PAT. MAY 24, 81 is inscribed on the left side of the tool.
BY W. H. THAYER is inscribed on the right side.
Both inscriptions show wear but are still legible.
This small hand-held tool is as popular with cast iron, tool and gadget collectors as it is with trivet collectors! It was patented on May 24, 1881 by William Henry Thayer of Cleveland, Ohio. Very versatile, it served many purposes … among them trivet, pressing iron or coffee pot stand, stove lid lifter, meat tenderizer, and pie-plate lifter.
● Cast iron, 5 1/2″ x 4″, no feet, 10 ounces.
● Patent was applied for on December 22, 1880.
● US Patent # 241,893 was assigned on May 24, 1881.
Quoted from Thayer’s patent description:
The object of my invention is to produce a simple, cheap, and efficient implement for kitchen use, by which the various utensils therein employed may be readily lifted, carried, and manipulated as desired, and which shall be otherwise useful.
By providing the implement with fingerholes the user is enabled to hold it in any position desired without danger of slipping or turning in the hand.
The patent application and full specifications for this tool can be accessed at Google Patents: Patent 241,893. Here’s the patent illustration.
In his patent application Thayer called this the “Universal Tool”. However, take a look at this image on Worthpoint of an instruction sheet illustrating the varied uses for “Thayer’s Household Combination.” I’ve been searching the Internet but haven’t yet discovered another instruction sheet, a print advertisement, or a Victorian trade card featuring this Thayer tool. Please share if you have any of this information. Thanks in advance!