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Virginia Metalcrafters vacation series trivets

Being a life-long resident of the eastern United States, it’s been fun collecting these 1960s era Virginia Metalcrafters trivets! Over the years I’ve visited each of these destinations and these trivets bring back a lot of pleasant memories. So far I’ve found a total of seven different designs. If you know of any others, please post a comment and let us know!

Notice that all the trivets are signed HB. Horace Randolph Burns (1910-1994) was a pattern maker with eighteen years of service at Virginia Metalcrafters. He developed new trivet patterns for the company, carving them from wood. Each pattern was created slightly larger than the finished casting, due to the fact that molten metal shrinks as it cools. For example: cast iron will shrink 1/8″ for every 12″ poured; that shrink rule is referred to by trivet collectors as “one size smaller”.

If you have a copy of Kelly & Ellwood’s book Trivet & Stands, you’ll find two photographs of Horace Burns on page 34. And for more information on Virginia Metalcrafters, see my blog post from June 2016: Celebrating the past and future of Virginia Metalcrafters.


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5 comments on “Virginia Metalcrafters vacation series trivets

  1. Lois
    September 3, 2018


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  2. marianbeaman
    September 2, 2018

    I wouldn’t say these trivets are beautiful, but they certainly make a bold statement.

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    • Lynn Rosack
      September 2, 2018

      Unfortunately my blog images don’t do them justice. Each trivet design is actually quite intricate. Take another look, enlarging the photos in the Gallery. For instance, on the Skyline Drive trivet there’s a blue jay, rhododendron and dogwood blooms, feathers, horseshoes, and a panorama of the drive; the handle and edging is of a tree and its branches. That’s a lot of imagery to incorporate in one trivet!

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