Jody M. of Whittier, North Carolina wrote to me and asked:
Can you tell me how rare a Griswold 2011 Cast Aluminum Skillet Slant Erie with wooden handle is?
I responded to Jody and asked her to please send me photos of the pan. Here are the two she sent (lightened and converted to black and white for clarity):
In my opinion, the word “rare” is overused by many folks when they talk about vintage and antique cast iron cookware. I very rarely (pun intended) use the word “rare” when referencing a piece, unless it is a piece that is extremely hard to find and very scarce. Collectors in the cast iron community probably all have their own ways to quantify the word “rare.”
Jody, your pan is referred to as a Griswold no. 11 “slant logo” “ERIE” cast aluminum skillet with wood handle, pattern number 2011. A number 11 Griswold pan – whether cast iron or aluminum – is not common. It is even less common with a wood handle, and perhaps even less so in cast aluminum.
I reached out to Larry O’Neil with your question about the scarcity of your pan, as cast aluminum is not my area of expertise. Larry and Marg O’Neil, of course, have the huge cast iron (and cast aluminum) museum on their farm property on the outskirts of Tacoma, Washington. They also have many pieces on display in their home, including beautiful cast aluminum skillets with wood handles such as the one shown in your photos.
Larry confirmed that your piece is very hard to find. He also said that you do not often come across a number 11 wood-handled cast aluminum skillet in as fine condition as yours. Lucky you!
Readers, if any of you care to chime in further with solid information on Jody’s question, contact me. If I do get additional solid information, I’ll update this post. Nice find, Jody!