Antique brass trivet set upon three tall cylindrical legs that were also cast at the same time as the main part (Photos 1, 2, 3, 6). And so this is an comparatively early brass trivet that dates from the period spanning about 1790 to 1850, hence the c1820 mid-date. It is heavy, sand cast, weighs 1 lb and is much thicker than later trivets that are often shaped or cut out of sheet brass. It has two hearts and one diamond -shaped openings while its overall body form depicts a spade (Photo 1). Consequently, this trivet falls under the category of early spade-shaped brass trivets and its three strong legs are round in cross section with each about 1 1/8 inches long.
This is a moderately large trivet compared to many later iron trivets made for holding sad irons in the late 1800s. It is 9 inches long, 4 3/16 inches wide and has a maximum height of 1 3/8 inches. The underside of this trivet is rough as expected due to the casting method used, whereas the upper surface and sides have been smoothed and finished by hand by grinding, filing and polishing. The exterior vertical edges of the trivet have been intentionally rounded and beveled by grinding whereas all internal vertical edges are not as well finished and not beveled.
The casting method used has left behind possibly two faint marks on the underside. Under the heart shaped handle-like end is a round one-half inch sprue-like scar that was probably ground down to remove sharp edges (smooth area on Photo 5 offset a little at bottom of trivet). Near the single leg at the other end is a faint linear scar about 1 inch long that may denoted where a gate-like air vent was located. Both are very faint and may be somewhat deceptive since the legs could easily have been used to feed the molten brass into the mold cavity created to form the trivet if cast upside down.
As noted above, this trivet was produced as a single object at one time with its legs and main body formed all in one casting. It has no factory names or makers marks and so who cast it is unknown. It may be either a product of a British brass maker or a worker located in American. A similar but slightly younger example is shown at the bottom of page 109 in Margaret Lynn Rosack’s book titled ‘The A-Z Guide to Collecting Trivets’ (published by Collector’s Books in 2004). If any viewer knows more about the trivet listed for sale here, do kindly drop me an email and share your insights – thanks, Doc.
Brass trivets seem to emerge in the 1700s as a necessary domestic items for holding hot pans, pots, and similar cooking vessels and then become hijacked for use with clothing irons in the early to mid 1800s. By the 1870s, a distinct form of iron trivet lacking a handle and made specifically for holding cast iron sad irons gained popularity. Whether the particular trivet offered here was produced solely to seat hot sad irons is not known at this time since its top could also be used for holding pans, pots, small kettles and so forth. What can be said definitely is that this kind of trivet when composed of brass would not be placed directly in a fireplace and among hot coals since it could be damaged or disfigured by the heat. That is why fireplace trivets from the 1600s and 1700s were taller and constructed of iron and not brass or copper so that they could be set directly in hearth and over hot coals (see Donald Fennimore’s book ‘Metalwork in Early America: Copper and its Alloys from the Winterthur Collections’ published by the Winterthur Museum in 1996: see page 214 for an example and photos). Some of these pre-1850 tall iron legged fireplace trivets had cast brass top plates. Photo 9 shows the trivet for sale here next to a top plate from a tall iron legged trivet (this brass top plate is not for sale here). Only the spade-shaped heavy trivet shown by itself in Photos 1 to 8 is for purchase here.
So if you are looking for a wonderful, heavy and early antique brass trivet, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this trivet also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE: This is a moderately large brass trivet especially when compared to many later iron trivets made for holding sad irons in the late 1800s. It is 9 inches long, 4 3/16 inches wide, has a maximum height of 1 3/8 inches, and weighs a1 lb. It is a perfect size for use or display on a counter, or for placing among other hand made antiques exhibited on shelf, window ledge or mantle. It could also be hung on a wall along with other brass and iron primitive items.
CONDITION: This antique brass trivet is in very good condition with no cracks, breaks or major defects and no repairs or restorations. All three legs are undamaged and still as strong today as the day the trivet was cast. It has a dull shine along its top surface (see Photos 1, 7, 8, 9) and probably has not been professionally polished in a long while. This trivet sits flat on its three legs as it was originally designed to do. It is, however slightly bowed upward in the center possibly from use or simply as a product of its original casting. And as expected, its smooth top surface has tiny nicks, surface wear, small scratches, a couple of stained spots, and a few deeper scratches from many years of use (see Photos 1, 7, 8). The underside has a dark patina from centuries of use, soot, and accumulated grime. Finally, this brass trivet also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full details below).
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