from "Everyday Things Wire" by Suzanne Slesin


Wireworking has its roots in 17th century Slovakia where strands of laminated iron were used to repair broken pottery. By the late 1600s, it was a bonafide trade. Many utilitarian items were fashioned from wire: whisks, rug beaters, trivets, bread toasters, birdcages, animal traps, etc.

The Victorian era brought a more decorative aspect with items like tassled candelabras, topiaries and majolica plate baskets. "Tinkers" practiced their wire craft throughout Europe, Russia and America. These wire-framed plates were often used to serve grapes and candy during this era.

Now they make a wonderful wall display!

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