Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!
I’ve admired and collected circular Lantz trivets for a long time, but it’s been years since I’ve discovered a design unknown to me!
Collectors categorize Lantz trivets by the intricacy of their circular design, size (less than 6” in diameter), and their paw feet. Other trivets that are similar in size and design but have pad feet (like this one) have been grandfathered into this definition. The Expanded A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets (2010), p.42
In early July 2019 I noticed an unusual circular trivet on eBay. It was described as being in used condition, with paint worn off and a little rust, measuring 4 7/8″ in diameter x 3/8″ high. Listed at $195, the seller offered a “Best Offer” option and accepted my bid of $125. That’s a lot for a Lantz trivet, but I felt it was a fair price for such an unusual design. And I didn’t want to waste time haggling, afraid of losing the opportunity to purchase it!
The inscription documents that a John S. Madison of Clinton, New Jersey sold the Fortune Range. This trivet is intact without cracks, chips, or damage to any of the lettering. The finish is uneven. It’s hard to tell whether this trivet is just greasy and dirty, was painted or Japanned, or whether it may have originally been nickel-plated.
● Census Reports for Hunterdon County, N.J.
● Gravestones: So far I’ve found two for a John S. Madison in Clinton, N.J. – one dated 1814-1888 and the other 1863-1927.
● Business Records for Clinton and Hunterdon County, N.J.
● Locating a catalog, brochure or advertising trade card describing the Fortune Range.
I’d planned on cleaning my Fortune Range trivet and sharing the images in this blog post; but Hurricane Dorian is headed our way for Labor Day and I’ve been busy making preparations. So the “after” images, and any further information I uncover, will appear in a future blog post or update.
In the meantime, is this Fortune Range trivet truly rare? Historically, when a trivet sells high, that fact doesn’t go unnoticed; others soon appear on the market. I’ve placed a search on eBay for Madison Fortune Range trivet and will be interested to see if any others show up over the next six months.
And, should anyone have information to share on John S. Madison or the Fortune Range, please Contact Me.