Super brass Lyre and Pineapple design footed trivet by Virginia Metalcrafters. Shows some patina, nothing broken. Great looking piece. Measures approx. 7" x 4".
Virginia Metalcrafters (VM) was founded in 1895 as the W. J. Loth Stove Company of Waynesboro, Virginia. (In 1890 it was called the Waynesboro Stove Company – still Mr. Loth.) They initially manufactured cast iron stoves and wood and coal heaters.
In 1938 Loth installed a brass foundry and Virginia Metalcrafters became the brand name of the company’s brass and iron giftware line. March 1, 1940 marked the first use of the VM Betty Lamp hallmark on their products. When brass was once again available after World War II, production was resumed and their gift line was expanded.Charles Eckman bought the firm in 1953 and incorporated under the name Virginia Metalcrafters, Inc. In 1956 Virginia Metalcrafters acquired the Harvin Company of Baltimore, makers of fine brassware.
Trivets were offered in cast iron, brass and a finish called Silvertone. VM utilized a stock numbering system of a 9 or 10 followed by another number; for example, 9-18 Doodlers Dream or 10-17 Kings Arms. Virginia Metalcrafters produced the largest number of original trivet designs of any modern manufacturer.
They also produced souvenir trivets for the following American tourist destinations: Historic Charleston, Marineland, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Mystic Seaport, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), Natural Bridge, Historic Newport, Old Salem, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV), Silver Springs, Skyline Drive, the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Winterthur Museum.
Vintage Brass footed trivet by Lyre and Pineapple Virginia Metalcrafters trivet
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