I only found out about trivets recently . . . old ones, I mean . . . when I stumbled across one!
I think I'm in love!
It now has pride of place here, with my homemade pot holders.
I think old cast iron things are lovely - being made to last for generations, they have a history which instils a sense of respect and of wanting to make sure they can continue on to the next generation.
So, I will use my new-old trivet from time to time, but will make sure she gets looked after.