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Southern Cast Iron’s Cookoff!

Southern Cast Iron’s Cookoff!

Southern Cast Iron magazine is having its inaugural cast iron cookoff event in Lake Charles, Louisiana on November 1 and 2, 2019. The affair promises to be a fantastic time for contestants and spectators alike. And…I’ve got a discount code for registrants! Schedule On Friday, […]

Fabulous French Onion Soup

Fabulous French Onion Soup

I’ve been on kind of a forced blogging hiatus for the past few months given some travel and life issues, but that doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned my love of vintage cast iron or of cooking! Recently I found myself with an over-abundance of onions after […]

Ask Mary: What is this 2-handled rectangular pan?

Ask Mary: What is this 2-handled rectangular pan?

Jo H. of Hayward, Wisconsin wrote to me via the contact form. She said: I have a 9 by 17-1/2 cast iron pan. I can not see any writing on it at all. I got it from my grandfather years ago.Can you tell me what […]

Two Quirky Filley Stories

Two Quirky Filley Stories

I couldn’t figure out how to work these two odd stories about G.F. Filley waffle irons into my post about G.F. Filley and Excelsior, but wanted to share them with you regardless. Enjoy! THE SUNKEN STEAMBOAT BERTRAND AND ITS TREASURES Treasure hunters discovered a sunken […]

Ask Mary: Lodge 3-Pour-Spout Skillet

Ask Mary: Lodge 3-Pour-Spout Skillet

Richard R. from Collierville, Tennessee wrote to me via the contact form and said: Hello. I have attached two pictures of a three pour spout skillet I found at an estate sale. One picture is as found and the other after cleaning in lye tank. […]

Real and Reproduction Griswold Skillet Racks

Real and Reproduction Griswold Skillet Racks

You’ve stumbled across an awesome-looking rack marked “Griswold” at a flea market or antique store. You’re thrilled because the price is $40. You’ve seen Griswold racks sell on eBay for more than $100. Reproduction Griswold Racks Before you spend any of your hard-earned cash, you […]

Ask Mary: Can you identify the maker of this large gem pan?

Ask Mary: Can you identify the maker of this large gem pan?

Short answer: No, I can’t. Readers, can you? Update September 2, 2019: Facebook reader Michael Cumminskey identified your pan, Steve. It is a “Takoyaki” pan. Do a little google search and you’ll learn all about it. Steve Z. of Newell New Jersey wrote to me […]

Top Prices at July 2019 Cast Iron Auction

Top Prices at July 2019 Cast Iron Auction

There were fourteen lots that sold for $500 or more at a July 2019 vintage and antique cast iron cookware auction. Simmons and Co. Auctioneers held another two-day cast iron auction in Richmond Missouri. On July 26 and 27 2019, 726 pieces of vintage and […]


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