Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Since February 2nd  is Groundhog Day, I’d like to share this groundhog themed trivet! Only 900 of these oversized castings were produced in 1956 by the Union Manufacturing Company of … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

The President Grover Cleveland trivet

Cast iron Cleveland horseshoe trivet, 5 x 4 3/8″ w/three 3/4″ feet, circa 1900. Inauguration Day occurs in the United States once every four years, on January 20. At 12 … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Happy New Year horseshoe plaque trivets

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay— Stay till the good old year, So long companion of our way, Shakes hands, and leaves us here. Oh stay, oh stay, One … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · 5 Comments

Ornate 1867 Victorian firebar trivet

This ornate trivet from Great Britain is one of my favorites because the design is so unusual and beautiful. It would have attached to a parlor stove or fireplace firebar … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Victorian trivets with mottos

Trivets with mottos date to the 1880s and reflect the Victorian obsession with inspirational quotes and scriptural passages. You may be familiar with the Victorian Mottoes of punch paper embroidery, … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Minton tile trivet with inked Rd diamond for 1876

This interesting antique trivet was in my collection for years before being sold this weekend to another collector. The 8 1/2″ square brass trivet frame is unpolished with original patina; … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Enterprise “Baby Centennial” iron

Have you ever seen anything so tiny and intricately formed? This miniature Enterprise iron is described on p.143 of “Tuesday’s Children” by Judy Politzer (1977). At only 7/8″ long, it’s … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 6 Comments

Trivets with names or initials

Here are two interesting antique cast iron trivets I recently won at the Eckstein Pressing Iron & Trivet Collection auction, held before the 2016 PITCA Convention. Denny & Janet Eckstein … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Trivet: antique or reproduction?

At the August 2016 PITCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio I presented a display of trivets with the theme “Is it an Antique or a Reproduction?” The chart below outlines the … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The little J & E Stevens sunflower trivet

J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut specialized in the manufacture of cast iron toys beginning in 1869. The iron shortage of World War II effectively ended their production … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Culter & Proctor advertising trivet

This beautiful advertising trivet is 5 1/8″ square, created of copper plated cast iron. Much of the original copper plating remains. Culter & Proctor of Peoria, Illinois was a smaller … Continue reading

July 23, 2016 · 4 Comments

Antique Metalware Society 25th Anniversary Exhibition

The Antique Metalware Society’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition is now online! Over 100 objects are exhibited; all come from members’ collections or reflect their research. The exhibition is also a wider … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

American Fence barbed wire trivet

This interesting trivet, circa 1910, advertised American Fence’s line of barbed wire. It’s 6 1/2″ in diameter with a tinned lithograph insert that reads: THE FENCE THAT FENCES. AMERICAN FENCE … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

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