Tall fireplace trivets date back to Colonial times when they were used to support a pot or kettle inside the fireplace to cook or warm food. The tall legs raised the cookware above the fire and the legs could rest in the ashes or hot coals. This one dates to the 1930's when they were reintroduced in a much more formal version as a hearth accessory, perhaps keeping a kettle of tea warm at fireside for an afternoon of gossiping on a winter's day. 14" tall, 7" wide, 15" long from the end of the handle. This would also be a fun serving stand for a formal dinner or cocktail party.
The wooden handle is painted black with a lightly worn finish and the metal legs are also black.