Horseshoe Plaque Trivets

Little information is available on the manufacturing history of firms that produced these plaques. Collectors estimate 150 to 200 different Eagle Horseshoe variations were manufactured between the years 1880 and 1920. Some claim that, when turned face down, a plaque trivet could have served the dual purpose of a sadiron stand … but whether that was ever true is conjecture now!

The majority of Horseshoe Plaque Trivets were:

  • Manufactured from the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s
  • Cast in a basic horseshoe shape without feet
  • Topped with a spread eagle
  • Made of cast iron; less commonly brass or bronze
  • Created during a period when fraternal orders were most popular
  • Given as carnival prizes; these may retain traces of glitter
  • Lodge favors, commemoratives, or gifts

A special Thank You to Bill Kotrba of Connecticut who shared photos of several of the more unusual horseshoe plaque trivets from his extensive collection. He and his wife Sandy purchase the majority of their horseshoe plaque trivets through eBay and use the Internet to research the various fraternal designs.

Photos of 67 Horseshoe Plaque Trivets and additional information can be found in PITCA member Lynn Rosack's book The Expanded A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets (2010). See also Lynn's Worthpoint article Victorian Good Luck Mementos.