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May 2019 Cast Iron Auction Prices

May 2019 Cast Iron Auction Prices

A cast iron auction held May 18, 2019 in Highlandville Missouri brought strong prices for vintage and antique cast iron cookware. 23 of the 409 lots brought $300 or more. The top price realized was $2600 for a number 13 Griswold large block logo Erie […]

Griswold Quaker Ware

Griswold Quaker Ware

I recently posted a series of photos of old advertisements for Griswold Quaker Ware. Old ads such as those are very helpful when trying to determine what precise pieces were part of a particular line of pans. When I was in Seattle in March, I […]

Griswold Quaker Ware Dealer Ads

Griswold Quaker Ware Dealer Ads

One handy way to determine the pieces in a particular line of vintage or antique cast iron cookware is to get your hands on an old catalog or ads for the product. Larry and Marg O’Neil have a tremendous amount of cast iron and cast […]

An Example of Resourcefulness during the Great Depression

An Example of Resourcefulness during the Great Depression

A Twitter follower of mine – @therealjoedick – shared an amazing story with me the other day about his grandparents. Here is what he said: Here’s a bit of history for your readers. In the Depression my grandparents made ends meet by using the family […]

Antique Trader Special Report: Indiana Cast Iron Cookware Auction Draws Bidders from Afar

Antique Trader Special Report: Indiana Cast Iron Cookware Auction Draws Bidders from Afar

I wrote a blog post about my February jaunt to Indiana for a cast iron auction. I have also posted a few videos from the auction on my YouTube channel. I also wrote the story up for Antique Trader; my article and photos are published […]

Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

*Updated 4/7 with additional information from Steve Stephens. Thank you, Steve! Marcia P. of Fenton Missouri wrote to me via the contact form and asked: Looking for help after searching multiple sites. Most skillets have their number and letter one on top of the other. […]

Routine Maintenance and Cleaning

Routine Maintenance and Cleaning

People have such strong opinions on how to best clean and care for their vintage and antique cast iron pans. Peeps, it is not that complicated. Don’t overthink it! And…soap will not ruin a properly-seasoned cast iron pan. If you don’t believe me, believe Kenji! […]

Three Versions of Vintage All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillets

Three Versions of Vintage All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillets

I recently had the pleasure of seeing three different vintage all-in-one cast iron skillets/separators within a time span of about 2 weeks. Purpose of All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillet My understanding of the all-in-one cast iron dinner skillet is that the division in the pan […]


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