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Exceptional Late 18th/Early 19th Century Pierced Brass Footman
A very pleasing Georgian pierced brass and wrought iron footman, or trivet, with an unusual lower rack for warming plates. This rack is designed with three bars, one wrought iron and two curved brass at the front. The top features an attractive pierced crescent moon and star design and a center cutout for ease of moving the footman around. The front and side skirts are exuberantly pierced in a cross design. The piece has its original brass swing handles. We have taken photos of the wonderful, early tenon joints.
The footman measures 13" high by 15 1/2" wide by 15" deep. It weighs a substantial 14 pounds! It is in very good undamaged condition. There are no deep dents, gouges, breaks or repairs. The brass has a beautiful mellow patina and has been kept lovingly polished over the years as is the English tradition.
Similar examples of these early 19th century trivets can be found on pages 405 and 406 of 'The Brass Book' by Peter, Nancy and Herbert Schiffer. They make wonderful little side tables and plant stands and add a lovely warmth to any room.
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Mary-Ellen Stephens, Gloucester, MA
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