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Videos of the O’Neil Cast Iron Museum

Videos of the O’Neil Cast Iron Museum

Larry and Marg O’Neil have tens of thousands of pieces of vintage and antique cast iron and aluminum at their cast iron museum located on the outskirts of Tacoma, Washington. Pan Apprentice Linda Lamb and I first visited the O’Neil museum in April of 2015. […]

Ask Mary: Where can I find online cast iron auctions?

Ask Mary: Where can I find online cast iron auctions?

Leigh Ann W. of Greensboro North Carolina wrote to me and asked: Are there auctions -other than eBay- that you can participate in online? (Without actually being there). I never seem to see any of these in my area. Yes, there are. There are more […]

Ask Mary: Was this griddle made by Griswold?

Ask Mary: Was this griddle made by Griswold?

Scott M. of Medford, Maryland wrote to me via the contact form on the site and asked: Hi,I recently purchased a Erie 1786 No 8 Griddle and I am being told it is a reproduction since Griswold never used numbered tags. It was suggested that […]

Lodge Cast Iron 5-piece Bundle Amazon Prime Deal

Lodge Cast Iron 5-piece Bundle Amazon Prime Deal

I’ve been hearing buzz about Amazon’s upcoming July 15 and 16 2019, 2-day Prime deals. Here’s an early-bird deal on Lodge pre-seasoned cast iron cookware from Amazon that you shouldn’t miss! Amazon Prime Deal on Lodge Lodge is America’s longest-running foundry. The Lodge Manufacturing Company […]

G. F. Filley, Excelsior Manufacturing Company, Charter Oak Stove and Range

G. F. Filley, Excelsior Manufacturing Company, Charter Oak Stove and Range

Giles F. Filley – commonly known as G.F. Filley – was the founder of the Excelsior Manufacturing Company and of the Charter Oak Stove and Range. In addition to the wildly popular Charter Oak stove, Filley and Excelsior produced hollow ware which is highly sought-after […]

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 […]


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