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Real and Reproduction Griswold Skillet Racks

Real and Reproduction Griswold Skillet Racks

You’ve stumbled across an awesome-looking rack marked “Griswold” at a flea market or antique store. You’re thrilled because the price is $40. You’ve seen Griswold racks sell on eBay for more than $100. Reproduction Griswold Racks Before you spend any of your hard-earned cash, you […]

Ask Mary: Can you identify the maker of this large gem pan?

Ask Mary: Can you identify the maker of this large gem pan?

Short answer: No, I can’t. Readers, can you? Steve Z. of Newell New Jersey wrote to me via the contact form and said: I picked up a large round Gem pan with 28 spots for muffins. The only marking is a rooster or chicken and […]

Top Prices at July 2019 Cast Iron Auction

Top Prices at July 2019 Cast Iron Auction

There were fourteen lots that sold for $500 or more at a July 2019 vintage and antique cast iron cookware auction. Simmons and Co. Auctioneers held another two-day cast iron auction in Richmond Missouri. On July 26 and 27 2019, 726 pieces of vintage and […]

Interested in vintage cast iron brochures, price lists a​nd advertisements?

Interested in vintage cast iron brochures, price lists a​nd advertisements?

If so, you will want to be sure to follow me on one of my social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I have finally gotten around to begin posting some of the amazing scans of originals that I got during our week-long March 2019 […]

Ask Mary: How “Rare” is this Cast Aluminum Griswold Slant Logo ERIE Skillet?

Ask Mary: How “Rare” is this Cast Aluminum Griswold Slant Logo ERIE Skillet?

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 […]

BIG Cast Iron Auction this week in Missouri!

BIG Cast Iron Auction this week in Missouri!

Simmons & Company auctioneers are having a big 2-day cast iron auction on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, 2019. The auction will be held in Richmond Missouri at the Ray County Veteran’s Building, 312 Clark Street. Simmons & Company are well-known in the […]

Videos of the O’Neil Cast Iron Museum

Videos of the O’Neil Cast Iron Museum

Larry and Marg O’Neil have tens of thousands of pieces of vintage and antique cast iron and aluminum at their cast iron museum located on the outskirts of Tacoma, Washington. Pan Apprentice Linda Lamb and I first visited the O’Neil museum in April of 2015. […]

Ask Mary: Where can I find online cast iron auctions?

Ask Mary: Where can I find online cast iron auctions?

Leigh Ann W. of Greensboro North Carolina wrote to me and asked: Are there auctions -other than eBay- that you can participate in online? (Without actually being there). I never seem to see any of these in my area. Yes, there are. There are more […]


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