Beautiful Antique Brass Standing Hearth Trivet ~ 18th/19th Century ~ Scarce
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Beautiful Antique Brass Standing Hearth Trivet ~ 18th/19th Century ~ Scarce:
You are looking at an antique brass trivet from the late 18th or early 19th century. We’ve never been able to date it closer with any certainty as we’ve never seen another exactly like it in over 35 years of collecting such items. We have owned this particular trivet for about 20 years and it comes from our personal collection. It has no maker’s mark which is to be expected as most handmade functional brass articles do not. We believe that the trivet is American or English in origin.
It stands approximately 9” in height. It measures 6 ½” across (measured at the feet) and 9 ¾” in depth (also measured at the feet). The top is essentially a 7” x 6” rectangle. The trivet weighs approx. 2 ½ lbs. This trivet is different in a couple of ways. First, all four legs are brass and frequently standing trivets of this type have back legs of iron. Second, the front legs may be unique. We have never seen trivet legs of this shape before whether in brass, iron or copper. This automatically makes this trivet a scarce, if not rare design. As if the shape of the front legs weren’t interesting enough, if you look close you will see that they terminate in “penny feet”. We have seen penny feet on certain types of American andirons but we’ve never seen them before on this type of trivet.
The top of the trivet is also quite wonderful. It has a scalloped over lapping edge with design cut corners. The center of the trivet is highlighted by a reticulated six point star suspended in a circle with each branch of the star pierced with a single hole. These six holes themselves form a circle surrounding a single hole in the dead center of the star. The four corners of the top are also decorated with a pierced or reticulated “X” in each corner.
The trivet is in good overall original condition especially considering its age and that it is a functional item that was likely in daily use. It is, however, not perfect as truly old items seldom are. If you look closely at the photographs provided, you will see that the front right corner is canted. In this case, it is slightly lower than the left hand corner. The reason for this we suspect is that somewhere in its’ long history someone used this trivet as a step stool creating the condition you see. This can be remedied; however, we have never done so choosing to display it as it is, as it displays very well. In spite of this, the trivet does not wobble and the rivets are all tight. The above is the only flaw we see in the piece and there are no historical repairs.
This is a truly handsome piece for the collector. We believe that it may well be one of a kind and truly rare. Please note that the tea kettle is for display only and not for sale.
Please Note:The Tea Kettle is not for sale.
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