This decorative iron piece was auctioned off as a mystery piece and called an oversize trivet for hot pots and pans. I disagree. It has rubber tips on the reverse side unlike other trivets. It is quite heavy, and it measures 29 by 17.5 inches wide. The reverse side has quite a bit of rust.
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You find the most interesting things! This is really cool, and I agree that it was unlikely meant to be used as a trivet. Is there any evidence that there were once hinges on the sides, that this might have been a gate of some sort?
Thanks to advise when you can,