Some pieces may have only required a few patterns to fulfill manufacturing demand, so one would not expect to see those pieces with anything other than the first few letters of the alphabet. Never dispose of a good old cast iron pan. There are a number of different features that clearly label these as cheap reproductions — some more obvious than others Can you guess which is the cheap reproduction? If this had been the case, evidence would have been left showing it had been machined. Later, around 1920, the slant logo was updated, with the lettering being changed to a block style. Always check pieces for deep pitting across the bottom an indicator of damage by extreme heat and cracks. At the , we pride ourselves in making information about reproductions in several ways.
Focusing Collecting Efforts on Cookware Unmistakable handles of cast iron skillets Archive photos Specializing in the best, I collect Griswold cast iron cookware made between 1880 and 1957. A new 9-inch skillet is much harder to handle than an antique of the same size. From 1865 until the late 1950s, the Griswold Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania made various cast iron implements for home use including many types of hardware. Of course, the Blue book was written many years ago before eBay hit the scene original edition 1995 , and the prices set forth therein are useful only as a general guide. However slant logos on skillets without a heat ring is not as common as skillets with a heat ring. Raised markings were typically not seen on surfaces subject to constant wear, and, if so, such practice was usually quickly abandoned.
For a really smooth piece of well-seasoned cast iron, a Griswold waffle iron or Griswold skillet can be a lot easier to maneuver and very nice to use. A unique letter on each working pattern provided the solution. Frosted background with shiny letters. However sizes were more limited. Thanks for supporting this site.
You can expect to pick up a skillet with the Griswold small block logo at lower price than more collectable skillets. Makers often mark pieces with numbers that correspond to size. Enormously popular among collectors today, Griswold pieces can have slight variations that affect their value. Check reference guides to know if a particular item was ever issued in cast iron. Changes Griswold made on their Slant logo skillets. Earlier this year I purchased a large collection of iron over 200 pieces! Quite possibly made with the same stencil used to etch the same logo on the stoneware bottle in Fig. She was shopping at Goodwill when she saw a and got curious.
Experts warn against purchasing any pans produced in the 1950s. Heat Rings Cast iron pans were originally designed to fit on top of wood stoves. Given the particular radius shown in the photo above, with the size of end mill that would be required to make this cut, the collet would have collided with the skillet wall. My company specializes in machining close tolerance parts, building the tooling for aircraft companies to manufacture sheet metal parts, and building the tooling to locate and hold raw material and castings for machining. Other areas of specialty include technology, health, gardening and cooking. Griswold, for example, had the same number on multiple, dissimilar pieces.
Griswold Manufacturing Company made Erie cast iron cookware. If you have any misgivings, leave it set there rather than waste your money. Identifying old cast iron pans requires some time and effort. During this time the Griswold Manufacturing Company used a variety of logos and markings Griswold skillets. I see no sign that this skillet has been altered from the original casting.
Cast iron also has strong ties to American history when the colonists used cast iron cookware on open fires. Using this table, the approximate time period of manufacture of a Griswold trademarked skillet can be determined. Other Usage of Letters There is still another use for letters, seen employed extensively by Lodge Manufacturing Co. They cut into the seasoned surface ruining the effect. This solution will eventually eat the iron! Do you look for vintage cast iron when you go to estate sales? Richard holds a bachelor's degree in English and business administration. Griswold made Victor skillets between 1880s to the 1930s. The Griswold trademark would undergo more changes after the acquisition by Wagner.
The Victor logo also changed over the 50 years. Griswold also used this logo until 1920. Griswold made Iron Mountain cast iron between 1930s-1940s. Griswold Manufacturing Company was established in 1865 and was purchased by Wagner Ware in 1957. There is also an impressed8 on the top of the handle. Most collectors do not consider Griswold pieces made in Sidney to be real Griswold although the argument could be made that they are.