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

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The Iron Works! Collectors of Early Iron! All aspects of iron collecting are discussed and members share their cast iron finds and images from their collections.

Kollectors of old Kitchen Stuff (KOOKS) was a national collecting organization specializing in antique and vintage kitchenalia for over 20 years. Unfortunately that all ended on 12/31/2015 when KOOKS disbanded. While the mother group no longer exists, this Facebook group lives on!

Pressing Iron & Trivet Collectors of America is the Facebook presence for PITCA.

TTCN ~ The Trivet Collectors Network I moderate this Facebook group where collectors can share favorite images and exchange information about trivets and related laundry day collectibles. Join us!

Virginia Metalcrafters A forum to discuss the company history and products of Virginia Metalcrafters. Anyone buying, selling, collecting, or discussing VM is welcome.


ABANA stands for the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America. Local affiliates of Abana have knowledgeable members who can be helpful in differentiating old from new forged/wrought iron.

☆ The aim of the Antique Metalware Society is to increase the knowledge and promote the appreciation of base metal objects of all kinds and historical periods. Society members include leading experts in their fields who have published authoritative books on such topics as bronze cooking pots, rush lights, paktong, firebacks, candlesticks and marks on brassware. Meetings are held twice a year, Spring and Autumn, in England. Following a successful online exhibition in 2016, the featured items have evolved into an expanded Online Gallery. Of special interest to trivet collectors is the Fire, Light & Hearth Gallery where two cast iron trivets from my collection (the Rimby and Welsh Dragon) are presented.

The Ephemera Society of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and the history identified with it; to further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest; to promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials; to serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars; and to contribute to the cultural life of those who have an interest in our heritage as a nation or a people, both nationally and internationally.

PITCA – Pressing Iron & Trivet Collectors of America is the national organization in the USA for iron & trivet collectors. PITCA has members from the United States plus Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. Members stay connected through regional meetings, the annual convention, their website, Facebook and a quarterly online newsletter. It’s important for all serious collectors to Join PITCA!


Lee Maxwell’s Washing Machine Museum in Colorado is in the Guinness Book of Records. Maxwell is the author of the book “Save Women’s Lives ~ History of Washing Machines”. Watch a tour video of the museum!

Antiques of a Mechanical Nature is the website of Carole & Larry Meeker of California. Beyond items for sale, they share a tremendous amount of archived information of interest to collectors. Their Past Sales/Archive contains information and images on hundreds of antique irons, trivets and other laundry related items.

Vintage Electric Irons is the informative blog of Jay Raymond. He’s also the author of Mangle Boards of Northern Europe .

The Variety House at the Shelburne Museum Shelburne, Vermont was bequeathed the 2100+ piece William Paley Trivet Collection on his death. Over 200 of the finest trivets from that collection are on display, making this the largest display of its kind in the United States. Many of Paley’s Early American trivets appear in the book “A Collector’s Guide To Trivets & Stands” (1990).

This video on the nickel re-plating process features Brian Spandl of Mill Lake Metal Finishing in Minnesota. Brian has replated several items for me with excellent results; see the before and after images of my Queen Spirit Stove.

The John & Nancy Upchurch Collection, December 13, 2008, presented by LiveAuctioneers. This was an amazing lifetime collection with a wide variety of fine antiques & collectibles. Some of the cast iron trivets offered were quite rare.

  • Horseshoe Plaque Trivets: #2354-2364
  • Antique Trivets, including Rimby designs: #2482-2496

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