Horseshoe Plaque Trivets

 
 

"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.

"Degree of Honor" Ladies Auxiliary Horseshoe

This horseshoe is from the Ladies Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of United Workers. The Ladies broke away from the main group in 1886 and founded the new group calling it the "Degree of Honor". Please note the letters "DOH" beneath the bow at the top of the horseshoe. Kotrba 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.