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Mid-1800s Cast and Hand Finished Brass Trivet with playing card symbols
Antique cast brass trivet or stand with a Heart, Diamond, Spade and Club design running down the middle of it. There are also two fleurs de lis and several rounded scrolls in the open lace work of the main body. The trivet itself is spade shaped and fully cast with three strong legs that are square in cross section and about 1 1/8 inches long. The underside shows the unevenness of the casting whereas the upper surface and sides have been finished by hand by grinding, filing and polishing. Old file marks are still evident along the inside edges of the legs where polishing was not completed and inside all the vertical faces of the intricate designs making up the open work of the trivet. The exterior vertical edges of the trivet have been finished by polishing and so they do not show the fine parallel striations caused by filing off any remaining rough casting edges.
The age of the brass trivet dates from the mid 1800s (c1830 to c1880) since it is solidly cast as a single piece (legs and all) and then hand finished. The maker is unknown and it is not listed in Margaret Lynn Rosack's book titled "The A-Z Guide to Collecting Trivets" published by Collector's Books in 2004. This trivet may be British or American and it is unsigned. It was likely made to seat a hot sad iron but could also be used for a hot pot, small kettle or pan. The trivet sits perfectly level and flat and all three legs are of equal length. It is, however bowed in the center from years of use and old age, a typical fault of antique brass trivets. The trivet weighs about 3/4 lbs and has wear and small nicks and dents from many years of use. Whether this was made for the gambling crowd on a river boat or simply offered as a pattern for fashion is unknown. The playing card suits in the openwork is historically interesting however their special purpose beyond fashion is lost to time. If anyone knows what this trivet design was named and to whom it was originally marketed, kindly drop me an email. Finally, this brass trivet also comes with my Docs Antiques no fault satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full details below).
SIZE: This brass trivet measures 7 5/8 inches long and has a maximum width of 3 1/2 inches at its shoulder. It stands a maximum 1 1/2 inches tall along its outer edge and weighs about 3/4 lbs. It is a perfect size for displaying on a counter, shelf or mantle or for hanging along a wall with other brass and iron items.
CONDITION: This antique trivet is at least 130 years old and is in very good but used condition with no major cracks or complete breaks. In addition, the trivet has no major defects and no repairs or restorations. There is a dent along one edge side near the middle of the trivet (see all photos) and numerous small nicks and tiny dents. The trivet has a dull shine and has not been polished in many decades. A nice antique trivet that conveys its age and hand made characteristics.
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