from "Everyday Things
Wire" by Suzanne Slesin
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
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.
make a wonderful wall display!