Reference Books for the Trivet & Pressing Iron Collector

It’s my feeling that among the most important tools on the road to understanding and fully appreciating trivets and sad iron stands are good reference books. The titles listed below are the ones I turn to most often . . . tried-and-true references that will probably become your favorites, as well. Although the majority of titles are out of print, they are all readily available through Internet booksellers. Those marked ♥ are scarce.

Berney, Esther (1977). “A Collector’s Guide to Pressing Irons and Trivets.” New York: Crown Publishers Inc. (hardbound). Many irons are pictured with their companion stands, and an entire chapter is devoted to trivets.

Geisert, Jim and Robin (2007). “Tuesday’s Reflections: A 30-Year Perspective.” Self-published (spiral bound). A beautifully photographed book, sharing the little irons and trivets from their collection. A nice modern companion to the Politzer books.

♥ Glissman, A. H. (1970). “The Evolution of The Sad-Iron.” Self-published (hardbound and softbound). The definitive text on the sad iron including trivets from the author’s collection. Irons from around the world are presented.

Hankenson, Dick (1972). “Trivets Book 1.” Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead Book Co. (spiral bound). Trivets from the author’s collection with commentary. Although much of the information is outdated by today’s standards, the author’s love of trivets is obvious.

Hankenson, Dick (1972). “Trivets Book 2.” Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace-Homestead Book Co. (spiral bound). More trivets from the author’s collection including a section on trivets identified as reproductions.

Irons, David (1994). “Irons By Irons.” Self-published (softbound). A great review of the most commonly encountered irons with a rarity and value guide.

Irons, David (1997). “More Irons By Irons.” Self-published (softbound). A continuation of his first book. As before, nice descriptions of the different categories of irons.

Kelly, Rob Roy and Ellwood, James (1990). “A Collector’s Guide to Trivets and Stands.” Lima, Ohio: Golden Era Publications (hardbound). Often referred to as the “Trivet Collector’s Bible,” this reference presents a wealth of research with hundreds of trivets.

♥ Mitchell, Hazel (1991). “British Iron Stands.” Self-published (spiral bound, 100 numbered copies). Assembled by Mitchell for the 8th International Conference of Iron Collectors.

Politzer, Judy (1977). “Tuesday’s Children: Collecting Little Irons and Trivets.” Self-published (spiral bound). A detailed guide to toy irons and their companion trivets.

Politzer, Judy (1986). “Early Tuesday Morning: More Little Irons and Trivets.” Self-published (spiral bound). Even more information on toy irons and trivets.

Revi, Albert Christian (Ed.) (1974). “Spinning Wheel’s Collectible Iron, Tin, Copper & Brass.” Castle Books (hardbound). A compilation of articles first appearing in Spinning Wheel Magazine 1950-1973 including three devoted to trivets.

Rosack, Margaret Lynn (2004). “The A-Z Guide to Collecting Trivets.” Paducah, Ky.: Collector Books (softbound). My first book, designed as a beginner’s guide to collecting trivets and sad iron stands. An expanded edition is scheduled for release by Collector Books in the spring of 2010.

Lynn Rosack is a Worthologist who specializes in trivets and kitchenalia.

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