Manufacturers, history, education, identification, use, stories, collectors and collections.

Month: November 2018

Lodge and Blacklock Foundry History

Lodge and Blacklock Foundry History

The Lodge Manufacturing Company is the longest-running cast iron foundry in America. It is and has always been family-owned. Joseph Lodge started the company in 1896 in the small town (pop. ~3500) of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. His great-grandson Henry Lodge is the current CEO. Another […]

The Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

The Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

Snuggle pups! I feel a new obsession coming on. I saw a collection of Snuggle Pups and Joe and Nancy Zawadowski’s home. I must find one. Or three. Or six. Creation of the Snuggle Pups Frank W. Hopkins created the snuggle pups. He was a cartoonist. […]

A Rare Griswold 10 Skillet Has … Maybe … Been Found!

A Rare Griswold 10 Skillet Has … Maybe … Been Found!

A rare Griswold 10 skillet has been found! A vintage Griswold grooved handle no. 10 small logo cast iron showed up on eBay a few weeks back. If authentic (and I think it likely is), it’s a unicorn in the cast iron collecting world. One has never before […]

Gift Ideas for the Cast Iron Enthusiast

Gift Ideas for the Cast Iron Enthusiast

Need a gift for a cast iron enthusiast? Stumped about what to get for your friend/brother/sister/co-worker who is interested in cast iron cookware?  Click on the link below to find personally curated ideas for you. Gift Ideas After I laboriously wrote the guide attached to […]

Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Jennifer M of Livermore California asked me a question about a vintage ACCO cast iron pup via the “Contact Mary” form on the website.  She wrote: “I was going through a few boxes of my grandparents special items. I came across the little orange puppy […]

Find “Sold” Prices for Vintage and Antique Cast Iron

Find “Sold” Prices for Vintage and Antique Cast Iron

Learn how you can search for yourself to find “sold” prices for vintage and antique cast iron. I am always asked, “how much is this worth?” It’s hard to answer, as value is very subjective. Condition, scarcity, precise markings, manufacturer, condition..condition…condition…all play a part. I […]

Price for Authentic Griswold Pup

Price for Authentic Griswold Pup

What is a fair price for an authentic Griswold pup? These sweet little vintage cast iron beauties are highly collectible.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I paid $275 for a beautiful black iron satin-smooth Griswold pup with a 30 on the back of […]

“Griswold” Pup: Authentic or Reproduction?

“Griswold” Pup: Authentic or Reproduction?

How can you tell whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction? Griswold pups have been widely reproduced. With just a little knowledge and education, you can quickly determine whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction. I spent time with […]


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