Wireware

The art of creating wireware dates back to seventeenth century Slovakia, where craftsmen referred to as tinkers first used strands of tinned wire to repair broken pottery. Their skills in manipulating wire evolved into an art form, which was then brought to America. Tinkers created many useful household objects such as baskets, candelabra, wire frames for plates, kitchen utensils, and of course trivets and sad iron stands!

Wireware reached its height of popularity in the 1800s and production continued into the early twentieth century, but by 1940 the craft had all but disappeared. Although some simpler designs were massed produced, the majority of antique wireware was hand crafted by individual artisans or in workshops. The Expanded A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets, p. 46

Trivets in this album are from the collection of Lynn Rosack unless otherwise stated.

For more information on Wire and Wireware, see the book "Everyday Things Wire".

Note: The last trivet, American Fence, is circa early 1900 and was mass produced.