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Category: Cast Iron, General

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: 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. […]

Videos of the Enormous Cast Iron Collection of Larry and Marg O’Neil

Videos of the Enormous Cast Iron Collection of Larry and Marg O’Neil

Pan Apprentice Linda and I had a fun week with Larry and Marg O’Neil of Tacoma Washington in March 2019. I’ve written about Larry and Marg and their collection before – you can see the article I wrote along with Josh Miller – then editor […]

Fire Damage to Cast Iron Cookware

Fire Damage to Cast Iron Cookware

Fire damage to vintage cast iron cookware.

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: 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 […]

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

A while back, I went on a road trip with my friend Jim. We stopped here and there throughout the South looking for antique cast iron cookware; Griswold being my maker of choice. At an antique store in Kentucky, I found two painted Griswold “ERIE” […]


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