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Ask Mary: What is this 2-handled rectangular pan?

Ask Mary: What is this 2-handled rectangular pan?

Jo H. of Hayward, Wisconsin wrote to me via the contact form. She said: I have a 9 by 17-1/2 cast iron pan. I can not see any writing on it at all. I got it from my grandfather years ago.Can you tell me what […]

Ask Mary: Lodge 3-Pour-Spout Skillet

Ask Mary: Lodge 3-Pour-Spout Skillet

Richard R. from Collierville, Tennessee wrote to me via the contact form and said: Hello. I have attached two pictures of a three pour spout skillet I found at an estate sale. One picture is as found and the other after cleaning in lye tank. […]

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? Update September 2, 2019: Facebook reader Michael Cumminskey identified your pan, Steve. It is a “Takoyaki” pan. Do a little google search and you’ll learn all about it. Steve Z. of Newell New Jersey wrote to me […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ask Mary: Was this griddle made by Griswold?

Ask Mary: Was this griddle made by Griswold?

Scott M. of Medford, Maryland wrote to me via the contact form on the site and asked: Hi,I recently purchased a Erie 1786 No 8 Griddle and I am being told it is a reproduction since Griswold never used numbered tags. It was suggested that […]

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. […]

Ask Mary: Griswold “Victor” Skillet

Ask Mary: Griswold “Victor” Skillet

Kurt’s Pan Kurt S. from Eau Claire Wisconsin wrote to me via the contact form and asked about the age and history of a pan he had picked up at an auction. He said it was very dirty and he didn’t see any information on […]


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