Pair of late George III Brass and Iron Trivets, or 'footmen'
Pair of late George III Brass and Iron Trivets, or 'footmen'

Pair of late George III Brass and Iron Trivets, or 'footmen'

c. 1820 England

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons

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Both with a design of six hearts pierced to the top-plate and with a bow-breakfront frieze pierced with angular trefoils. With a brass carry handle to each side, the front legs brass cabrioles terminating in 'penny' feet and joined by a brass stretcher, the rear legs and underframe are made of iron. Such trivets are sometimes used as a small side table.

Trivets were used as a base for hot kettles, skillets, and pots. The trivet’s legs prevent it from directly transferring the heat of the object placed on it to the surface it is designed to protect.
An identical example is illustrated in two books: Rupert Gentle and Rachael Field’s ‘Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820’ (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994), p. 356, Figure 17; and Peter, Nancy and Herbert Schiffer’s ‘The Brass Book: American, English and European, Fifteenth Century through 1850’, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 1978, p. 405, figure C. Peter, Nancy and Herbert Schiffer state that: ‘[t]he graceful legs and delicate piercing place its date at the beginning of the nineteenth century’.
Height 31.50 cm (12.40 inches)
Width 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Depth 37.00 cm (14.57 inches)
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Brass and iron.
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
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