Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!
Through the years I’ve been contacted by readers with questions, Usually it’s a request for identification of a single trivet or stand but occasionally a larger collection presents itself. In August 2019 I was first contacted by Kathleen Cochran of Alpharetta, Georgia. From her email:
I have 325 cast iron trivets, 46 toy size trivets and 9 toy irons that need a home. They belonged to my aunt and uncle, Ned and Lois Mathis of Downers Grove, IL. My aunt kept a record of when and where each trivet was purchased, dealer who sold it, the price, and numbered each on the back to correspond to her notebook. I love the history of the trivets and hate to give them up, but I am moving and unable to accommodate them in my new home.
Kathleen emailed me several group images representative of the collection and I was quite impressed with what I saw. Unfortunately for me the timing wasn’t ideal. I was retired, actively downsizing my own collection and I live 450 miles away in Central Florida. I was no longer in a position to purchase, transport or resell a collection of this size.
Then Covid disrupted everything and I lost track of time. It occurred to me in mid 2022 that I hadn’t noticed these trivets come to auction, so I touched base with Kathleen again. The Mathis collection remained unsold and she was still interested in finding new homes for all the trivets. I suggested she investigate auctioneers in the Atlanta area, selecting one that holds antiques auctions live/online that reach a large audience.
Yesterday Kathleen emailed me to announce that the Mathis collection is currently listed with the Atlanta Auction Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. The trivets are organized in Lot #79 through #121. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase some very collectible trivets!
● Bidding is now open. You must register first.
● Lots begin to time out on Saturday 4/15/2023 at 10 AM EST.
● Atlanta Auction Gallery Auction Information
● FYI – this is a Soft Close, Online Only auction.
I just spoke by phone with a representative of Atlanta Auction Gallery who verified that this is a Soft Close Auction. Here’s an explanation if you’re unfamiliar with that bidding format.
● What is a Soft Close or Dynamic Ending of an Online Auction?
Here are the Prices Realized on the Trivet portion of today’s auction, Lot #79 through #121. The high ending prices on many of these lots is confirmation, once again, that trivet collecting is alive and well!