I always hesitate to talk about cast iron prices, since opinions vary so much. Pricing is really what the market will bear – what people are willing to pay for a piece. Scarcity and condition play a big part, of course, as well.
At an October 6, 2018 cast iron auction in Indiana, there were some bargains to be had. At least in my opinion. Read that again – this is my opinion. Yours might differ. Important caveat: My opinion presumes I have examined the piece in person and found no cracks, chips, repairs, pitting or significant warpage (I watched this auction online; I did not attend in person). Also presuming that the pieces are clean and ready to use. See my earlier post with tips about cast iron cookware auctions.
Be Aware of Add-on Costs
A buyer’s premium of 15% was added to the sale price at this auction and 7% sales tax. Shipping – via UPS charging prime rate to pack and ship – was on top of that. My opinion as to the prices for these pieces does not factor those additional expenses in; my opinion is based on the final bid price alone.
As a side note, I was happy to see that prices for the common no. 8 Griswold cast iron skillet have come down significantly in price. When I started buying years back, you could easily find a nice no. 8 Griswold for $20 – $25. Prices at this auction were just slightly higher than when I first started buying – most Griswold no. 8 skillets sold for around $35, though a large block logo no. 8 did sell for $25 and another for $30. Large block logos with heat ring and slant logo with heat ring were pricier.
- Griswold muffin/popover pan no. 10, pattern no. 949, $10. Looks ready to use – great buy!
- Griswold “Iron Mountain” chicken pan with lid, $50. I’d buy this set for this price all day every day. I often extoll the virtues of my chicken pan (which is also a Griswold Iron Mountain); it’s a workhorse in my kitchen. A second set was sold at this auction for the same price. The Iron Mountain no. 8 lid pictured here also works with the Griswold no. 8 skillets; a nice bonus!
- Griswold small logo chicken pan, pattern no. 777 and Griswold large block logo EPU no. 8 skillet lid, $70. The Griswold no. 8 skillet lid sold in this lot also fits the Griswold small and large block no. 8 skillets, as well as the no. 8 Iron Mountain skillet.
- Wagner no. 6 and no. 8 stylized logo skillets, $35. Wagner hasn’t been getting a whole lotta’ lovin’ these days. They are good cookers, though, and $35 for two very useful sizes that appear to be clean and pretty much ready-to-use is a good deal. A number 8 on its own even sold for $10 – another good deal!
- Griswold small logo 6 and 8 skillets, $20. Great buy, great cookers! A 6 and 7 went for $25.
- Wagner no. 10 stylized logo skillet, $15.
- Griswold small logo no. 10 skillet, pattern no. 715, $35. The Griswold small logo pans are great cookers. I see no sign of use to this pan from the photos; someone got a great price on this piece. Another one, which also looked great, went even lower – it sold for $25.
- Griswold small logo cast iron skillet no. 8, pattern no. 704, $15. Looks ready to use; great buy!
- Two sad irons: one a marked Griswold with removable wood handle, $15. You can often find the trivet for the Griswold sad irons; they are pretty common. A set makes a beautiful paperweight or display piece. I used to have one; I wish I still did!
- Griswold no. 10 camp oven with lid, pattern no. 310. $175. Sometimes people have the incorrect notion that since the “Griswold” markings on the lid and oven are not identical, it is not a “matched” set. That is incorrect. $175 was a very good price, IMHO, for this set if it was in clean great condition (again, no substitute for in-person examination).
- Favorite “Smiley Logo” no. 3 cast iron French Bowl with Lid, $100. Beehive lids are not common.
- Griswold reinforced long griddle no. 9, antique slant logo “ERIE,” $45.
- Griswold large block logo cast iron skillet no. 9, pattern no. 710, with lid, $60. In my experience, chromed pieces are not as popular as black iron, and hence do not bring top dollar. The photos also do not show the cooking surface, and that, of course, can have a huge impact on price. $60 for a Griswold number 9 skillet AND lid, though…that’s a bargain!
- Griswold large block logo EPU no. 12 cast iron skillet with heat ring, pattern no. 738, $135. This piece looks to be in particularly fine condition. There were a number of the large block logo EPU no. 12 skillets offered at this auction. A second no. 12 sold for $145. From the photos, that one did not appear to are in as good condition as the one pictured below. A third, which appears to have some pitting on the cooking surface, sold for $125. Another one which appears quite nice sold for $150.
- Griswold small logo cast iron skillet no. 12 with heat ring, pattern no. 719, $100. It is true that small logo Griswold pieces are not valued nearly as high as are the large block logo. However, this small logo no. 12 appears to be in lovely ready-to-use condition. A second small logo no. 12 also sold for $100.
- Griswold no. 9 large block logo EPU cast iron Dutch oven with lid, $45. The oven looks to be clean and ready to use.