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Antique Trader Cover Story: Joseph Zawadowski and his Cast Iron Pups

Antique Trader Cover Story: Joseph Zawadowski and his Cast Iron Pups

My little ditty about Joseph Zawadowski and his coveted cast iron pups is the cover story for the February 27, 2019 edition of Antique Trader. I’ve written a bit about Joe’s pups and snuggle pups on the blog. You can also find my posts about […]

Scarce Griswold Cast Iron Ashtray

Scarce Griswold Cast Iron Ashtray

I posted a few weeks back about the common Griswold cast iron ashtrays, and my opinion as to their value; i.e. what I personally would pay. Griswold Quality Ware 0 and 00 Ashtrays As noted in the blog post, the Griswold ashtray marked “0” is […]

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, based in Richmond Missouri, has been in business since 1980. It is a family business. ¬†Owners Bob and Rilla Simmons, along with their team, work together to organize and run large auctions. Bob and Rilla have been married since 1967. Their […]

Top Prices Realized at July 19 – 20, 2018 Vintage and Antique Cast Iron Auction in Richmond, Missouri

Top Prices Realized at July 19 – 20, 2018 Vintage and Antique Cast Iron Auction in Richmond, Missouri

These are the top prices realized at the Simmons and Company Auctioneers cast iron auction on July 20 – 21, 2018 in Richmond, Missouri. I got photos of most of the pieces, but unfortunately not all of them. $1875: Griswold large block logo no. 13 […]

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

**Most recent update 10/10/18. We’re at 13 tips now. I keep thinking of more tips! ūüôā It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And […]

Smart Buying

Smart Buying

Smart Buying, by Doris Mosier The urge to buy everything at the first opportunity can be costly to the beginning buyer of cast iron (aluminum) cookware.¬† You need to ask yourself some serious questions and do a lot of reading of reference books to familiarize […]

Tips for the Griswold Cast Iron Cookware Collector

Tips for the Griswold Cast Iron Cookware Collector

TIPS FOR THE COLLECTOR By Doris Mosier ¬† All items manufactured by Griswold are not marked Griswold.Many items Griswold made are marked Erie, ‚ÄúErie‚ÄĚ, Victor, Best Made, Good Health, Puritan, American, etc.¬† Some items only have a pattern number and others totally unmarked.¬† Some are […]


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