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.