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

Month: April 2019

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! […]


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