Phase One of the Mary Balestri Collection was sold at auction on Thursday, July 12, 2018 preceding the 2018 PITCA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Auctioneer: Hartzell Auction Gallery. 

Balestri Auction: Thursday 7/12/18

( #397) Iron + Trivet, sold for $325. The nickel trivet depicts the Kaiser on his hands and knees; the Kaiser's head is in brass. Trivet says VICTORIE LEIGE 1918 DEPOSE. O. VAN HEER and is 9.5" X 4.5" X 1.5". The antique box iron is 6.5" X 6.25". ☆ Of the two pieces in this pairing, the trivet is especially rare.