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Sad iron stand with eagle and snake imagery

This handsome sad iron stand is a favorite of mine. Although the designer, artist and foundry are unknown, it’s most likely an American casting. The prominent sprue mark on the reverse and long legs suggest it dates from the early to mid 1800s.

Decorative accents on one end include a double-headed eagle with two claws. The oval, recessed daisy center may have held an asbestos pad, similar to the UK Hatton stand. The opposite end features a snake with two heads.

● Cast iron, 9 1/4″ x 5 5/8″ with four 1 1/4″ legs.
● Weight = 1 pound 13 ounces.
● Note the 3/8″ diameter sprue mark on the center reverse.
● Documented as Rare on p. 131 of Trivets & Stands (Kelly & Ellwood, 1990).

Close-ups of the Eagle and Snake

Above: Eagle with beak, feathers, and a claw that attaches each side to the oval center. Below: Snake with a smooth head, teeth and scales.

How rare is this stand?

This design occasionally appears at auction or on eBay. Do you have one in your collection? Have you found it documented in any other reference besides Trivets & Stands? If so, please Comment below.


This entry was posted on February 1, 2023 by in Antique Trivets & Stands, Figural and tagged , , .

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