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Category: Education

Griswold Quaker Ware

Griswold Quaker Ware

I recently posted a series of photos of old advertisements for Griswold Quaker Ware. Old ads such as those are very helpful when trying to determine what precise pieces were part of a particular line of pans. When I was in Seattle in March, I […]

Griswold Quaker Ware Dealer Ads

Griswold Quaker Ware Dealer Ads

One handy way to determine the pieces in a particular line of vintage or antique cast iron cookware is to get your hands on an old catalog or ads for the product. Larry and Marg O’Neil have a tremendous amount of cast iron and cast […]

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. […]

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 […]

Value of cast iron collection: Where to start?

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.

King Stove & Range Co., Martin Stove & Range Co.

King Stove & Range Co., Martin Stove & Range Co.

History of King Stove and Range and Martin Stove and Range. A long and colorful history, from 1905 to 2003.

Findings: Rare Vintage Griswold Skillet

Findings: Rare Vintage Griswold Skillet

Farold Hoover’s analysis of the vintage Griswold no. 10 small logo skillet with grooved handle. 99.9% authentic!

The Wapak Hollow Ware Company, Wapakoneta, Ohio

The Wapak Hollow Ware Company, Wapakoneta, Ohio

The Wapak Hollow Ware Company was formed in 1903 by a group of five men in Wapakoneta, Ohio. The Company was in business until 1926, when it declared bankruptcy.


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