History, manufacturers, identification, stories, use & care, collectors and collections.

Month: January 2019

Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

Step by step description of the method I use to season my vintage cast iron cookware.

Scarce Griswold Cast Iron Ashtray

Scarce Griswold Cast Iron Ashtray

I posted a few weeks back about the common Griswold cast iron ashtrays, and my opinion as to their value; i.e. what I personally would pay. Griswold Quality Ware 0 and 00 Ashtrays As noted in the blog post, the Griswold ashtray marked “0” is […]

Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Rebecca wants to know who made her 94-year-old Grandmother’s cast iron skillet. It has an interesting “dented” appearance on the outer wall.

How To: Google Images Search

A Google images search can be a great resource when trying to identify unmarked vintage and antique cast iron cookware. Often, old cast iron pieces that you find do not carry the manufacturer’s name. Or if they do, you might need help figuring out what […]

Ask Mary: Value of cast iron collection – Where to start?

Ask Mary: Value of cast iron collection – Where to start?

What reference materials to use when trying to determine the value of a cast iron cookware collection.

King Stove & Range Co., Martin Stove & Range Co.

King Stove & Range Co., Martin Stove & Range Co.

History of King Stove and Range and Martin Stove and Range. A long and colorful history, from 1905 to 2003.


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