For about the third time in the past year or so, I have returned from an estate sale with a tea trivet. I wonder why this should be so? Is it that estate sales are generally the province of older people, and they are the ones more likely to have known what a tea trivet is and to have used (or inherited) one?
At any rate, I was delighted to find this one, one of the most highly decorated tea trivets I own!
It's about the size of a dessert saucer, so I'll bet the non-tea-fanatics don't know what this is. And may it ever be so! If you want to look for one—to keep your own teapots from leaving a heat mark on the table, or simply for decorative purposes—it's easy to tell because of the side elevation of the tea trivet. Because it has either a rim or sometimes "feet"on the bottom, it doesn't sit perfectly flat on the table as a saucer would.
When I turned this one over, I smiled when I saw that "Winsome" was the name of the pattern. "Yes, it *is* winsome!" I thought.
This butter pat was a cute piece too, and for $2 the price was right. At least I think it's a butter pat. If you know differently, I'm willing to be educated!
This piece is marked "Grindley." I enjoy studying the maker's marks and learning what I can about porcelain, china and pottery, and there is always something new to learn in the wonderful world of teawares!