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Ask Mary (who asked John): What do we have here?

Ask Mary (who asked John): What do we have here?

I received a note from Richard M. of Yarmouth Maine via the contact form. Richard wrote that he and his wife were recently given a Dutch oven. Richard said that his wife thought the piece was quite old; Richard wasn’t sure.

Here are the photos Richard sent along with his inquiry:

vintage antique cast iron Lodge dutch oven lid cover wire bail handle value john clough maine unmarked identify who made age price
vintage antique cast iron Lodge dutch oven lid cover wire bail handle value john clough maine unmarked identify who made age price
vintage antique cast iron Lodge dutch oven lid cover wire bail handle value john clough maine unmarked identify who made age price
vintage antique cast iron Lodge dutch oven lid cover wire bail handle value john clough maine unmarked identify who made age price

I am in Texas for the holidays, and do not have access to my Red Book. I reached out to Lodge collector extraordinaire John Clough. Within a minute, John had an answer for me. Thank you, John!

This is a vintage Lodge cast iron Dutch oven no. 8 set with wire bailed handle and high dome lid. It was manufactured between 1935 and 1940 by the Lodge Mfg. Co. in S. Pittsburg, TN.

Once cleaned up and properly seasoned, John estimated the value to be about $100-$150 IF the set has no warpage, pitting, repairs or cracks. If any of those are present, the value goes down commensurately.

But Richard, don’t save the iron as just a pretty piece – put it to work in your kitchen! This set has many more years of delicious dinners left. Properly taken care of, it will last your lifetime and then some.

Thanks for the question, Richard. Hope you found this helpful!



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