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Trivet

Place Made:
Kentucky United States of America
Date Made:
1790-1810
Medium:
wrought iron
Dimensions:
HOA: 4 1/2; WOA: 11 3/8; DOA: 24 3/4
Accession Number:
3989
Description:
Purchased between Lexington and Paris, Kentucky, similar trivets by the same blacksmith have been seen in that area. The source of this trivet related that he had also seen, several years ago, a gate in the same area which had been by the same hand. The design of this trivet is much like other seventeenth-century American, British, and French examples. Trivets of this type were placed in the coals of a fire with the revolving tops supporting the food so that it would be cooked evenly. They were hung by the fireplace when they weren’t being used–hence the hook at the end of the handle.

DESCRIPTION: A two piece trivet supported by three feet. The handle begins with a hook and is divided into a prong of two parts which terminate into two of the feet; the other foot is applied halfway down the handle. The feet are straight with a turned out pad. At the center of the prong there is applied (trivet-like pin) a circular platform which spins free and has four ‘fluers-de-lis’ like designs; each in turn divided by four other similar designs which are lacking the central element. Each of the latter instead made use of this missing space with a supporting axis for the central pin.

History:
This piece was acquired in the Lexington and Paris, Kentucky, vicinity.
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hicks