"The majority of horseshoe plaque trivets date from the late 1800s through the early 1900s, paralleling a period when fraternal orders were at their peak of popularity." The Expanded A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets, page 54.

Silver Dollar Horseshoe Plaque

Here's an unusual Horseshoe Plaque Trivet with "Good Luck" and a mallet and anvil in the design. The following is shared by Bill & Sandy Kotrba:

"We obtained this E/H plaque from a party in Michigan,at which time it was covered by silver and yellow paint. Once we learned it was solid bronze,we decided to return it to its original state. It originally came with an 1897 silver dollar. We have inserted a minty 1884 dollar which we feel is more appropriate to the original age of the piece.The piece came with no provenance but we have speculated that it must have been an award for the completion of an apprenticeship  to a Blacksmith program..It is a very heavy piece and it is the pride of our 100+ Eagle/Horseshoe collection."   

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. 

Horseshoe Plaque Trivets share similar attributes. They 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.
  • most commonly made of cast iron; less commonly of  brass or bronze.
  • created during a period when fraternal crders were most popular.
  • sometimes given as carnival prizes, lodge favors, commemoratives or gifts.