Posted 1 year ago
This trivet is 6.5" long x 5.5" wide and about .875" high. There is no maker's mark on it. It weighs 2 lbs and 3 ounces and is a bit of a chunk. Since I have been spending some time in collecting and learning about Japanese trivets, I decided to take a quick look at US made trivets from the 20th century. This one was very inexpensive but still interesting. No idea where it was made, but guessing from a local Wisconsin foundry. I sent an email to the county historical society to see if they have any information about the maker. An image search of the city did not show any buildings matching the one on the trivet, so guessing it has been torn down. The casting is good but the finishing is poor. The edges are roughly ground, with prominent grinding marks. The feet at the top and bottom are a bit longer than the side feet, so the trivet rocks a bit from side to side. This could have been a very good quality trivet with a bit more work in polishing the edges and leveling the feet. What appears to be a hole at the top of the trivet does not go all the way through and cannot be drilled out as it sits directly over one of the feet. Not a horrible deal for the small amount I paid for it but the poor craftsmanship is disappointing. Calling it a mystery until I hear from the county historical society.