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Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Rebecca wants to know who made her 94-year-old Grandmother’s cast iron skillet. It has an interesting “dented” appearance on the outer wall.

Ask Mary: Value of cast iron collection – Where to start?

Ask Mary: Value of cast iron collection – Where to start?

What reference materials to use when trying to determine the value of a cast iron cookware collection.

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

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

Identification and value of a vintage Lodge cast iron Dutch oven no. 8.

Best batter for use with Griswold cast iron cake molds?

Best batter for use with Griswold cast iron cake molds?

Directions for baking a cake in a Griswold cast iron cake mold.

Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Jennifer M of Livermore California asked me a question about a vintage ACCO cast iron pup via the “Contact Mary” form on the website.  She wrote: “I was going through a few boxes of my grandparents special items. I came across the little orange puppy […]

The “Griswold” Silver Pup Scandal

The “Griswold” Silver Pup Scandal

The “Griswold” silver pup scandal of 1994 caused an uproar in the cast iron collecting community. Steve’s Purchase of Two Silver Pups at an Estate Sale in 2018 Steve L. of La Pine Oregon recently contacted me. He told me that he had purchased two Griswold silver […]

Ask Mary: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

Ask Mary: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

I have a youtube channel, and received a comment from Kathleen O on one of my vids with a pan that had pitting: “I hear the that the “pitting” is caused by use over fire or old wood stove. Does this mean old wood stoves burned […]


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