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

Reference Library


Many thanks to Bill Schroeder and Collector Books, a division of Schroeder Publishing. Collector Books closed in 2011 after releasing over 1500 different titles on antiques and collectibles; their annual “Schroeder’s Price Guide” was an industry standard. It was a pleasure to work with them to see my two trivet books published.

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The A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets, my first book, included information never published before – how to buy and sell trivets on the Internet, decorating with trivets, and detailed information on J.Z.H. Alphabet Series trivets. Physical descriptions and photographs of more than 450 trivets and stands are provided, as well as some of their interesting history. Horseshoe plaque trivets, Ober trivets, Jenny Lind trivets, sadirons and their companion stands, reproduction trivets, and other vintage domestic accents are included. Information on the British Registered Design (Rd) System with charts for dating trivets and stands is featured. There are even sections on selecting, cleaning, and caring for metal trivets, decorating your home with trivets, websites of interest to collectors, and suggested reference books. User, price, and condition guides appear at the end of the book, as well as a glossary and bibliography. 2004 values. Available on Amazon.

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The Expanded A to Z Guide to Collecting Trivets, my second book, is divided into Contemporary (post 1940) Trivets, Advertising Stands, and Antique and Vintage Trivets. New additions to the Contemporary Trivets section includes the entire series of 55 Electric Furnace man (EFM) trivets as well as information on contemporary Griswold trivets and Horace Strong’s Vermont trivets.

The Advertising Stands section includes the results of my ‘Colt’ trivet investigation, as well as an in-depth research study of panel trivets. And hand-forged trivets, wire trivets, Lantz (circular paw footed) trivets, and Rimby trivets (1840s Baltimore) are featured in the Antique & Vintage Trivets section.

There is again information on buying, selling, collecting, cleaning, and displaying trivets. The popular Conversations with Other Trivet Collectors has been repeated, with all new essays from eight fellow collectors from around the world. And there’s an entirely new section, An Introduction to Iron Collecting, which includes suggestions for new collectors – plus a very special section on the Toy Swan Iron. 2010 values. Available in my Ruby Lane shop.



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Nothing compares to a physical reference book when researching antiques and collectibles! I access my library frequently and display my reference books and catalogs alongside my collectibles.

The following resources are my favorites. Although the majority are older and out of print, most titles are still available online in the resale market at a reasonable price. They are worth adding to your reference library because they provide information sometimes otherwise unavailable.

♥ Berney, Esther: A Collector’s Guide To Pressing Irons & Trivets (1977). It’s helpful to see irons and their companion trivets together. There is an entire chapter devoted entirely to trivets.

♥ Dechant, Alliene Saeger: Seed Time To Harvest (1957). This is John Zimmerman Harner’s autobiography, as told to Dechant. A very interesting book!

♥ Deeley, Robert with Andrew Crawforth & David Pearsall: The Cauldron, The Spit & The Fire (2011). This gorgeous book illustrates how our ancestors lived with and used the wrought iron and cast metal items we collect. Includes several pages illustrating 18th and 19th century trivets and footmen.

♥ Geisert, Jim & Robin: Tuesday’s Reflections: A 30-Year Perspective (2007). This is a beautifully photographed, self-published catalog of the little irons and trivets in their collection. It makes a nice modern complement to the Politzer books. Contact me if you’re interested in a copy.

♥ Glissman, A. H.: The Evolution of the Sad Iron (1970). This is considered the first definitive text on pressing irons.

♥ Hankenson, Dick: Trivets Book 1 and Trivets Book 2 (1972). Dick Hankenson’s books were the first pertaining exclusively to trivets. They were well received, finally giving collectors and dealers the information they needed to identify and describe trivets. It appears Hankenson assigned named to many of his trivets, and collectors continue to use those terms. Although much of the information is outdated by today’s standards, the author’s love of trivets is obvious.

♥ Irons, David: (1) Irons By Irons (1994), More Irons By Irons (1997) and Even More Irons By Irons (2000). This three book series will answer any question you will ever have about a pressing iron! Available from the author.

♥ Kelly, Rob Roy and Ellwood, James: A Collector’s Guide To Trivets & Stands (1990). Often referred to as the trivet collector’s Bible, with good reason! This book contains information on foundries and casting, trivet makers and distributors, trivet designs, and how to date a trivet. There are nearly thirteen hundred trivets pictured, along with notes on dimensions, markings, availability, and value. It’s a must for every trivet collector!

♥ Mitchell, Hazel: British Iron Stands (1991). This spiral bound book was assembled for the 8th International Congress of Iron Collectors. Only 100 numbered copies of this work were published; finding a copy can be challenging.

♥ Politzer, Judy: Tuesday’s Children (1977) and Early Tuesday Morning (1986). Politzer’s two books are packed with information on toy-sized irons and their matching trivets. The sole-plate of each  iron is traced to assist in identification.

♥ Raymond, Jay: Mangle Boards of Northern Europe (2015). This is the long awaited, definitive text on mangle boards, featuring 267 boards presented in full color in a beautiful 12″ x 15″ coffee-table sized book.

♥ Slesin, Suzanne and Rozensztroch, Daniel: Everyday Things Wire (1994). If you have any wireware in your collection you definitely need this reference book. The history of wireware is discussed and both trivets and sadiron stands are illustrated.

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