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Grady Britt, Lodge Cast Iron Collector, Raleigh North Carolina

Grady Britt, Lodge Cast Iron Collector, Raleigh North Carolina

Grady and Jean Britt live in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a beautiful art-filled home surrounded by woods and backing up to Umstead state park.  It is a very peaceful setting. Grady and Jean are both retired. Grady worked for years for IBM as a systems […]

John Clough, Lodge Cast Iron Collector and Fact Detective, Chester Virginia

John Clough, Lodge Cast Iron Collector and Fact Detective, Chester Virginia

John Clough and his spouse KT (Katherine), as well as cats Oreo and Wewe, live in a neat rambler in Chester Virginia, about 15 miles outside of Richmond. Linda and I traveled to visit John and view his cast iron collection in September, 2018. John […]

The Mystery of the Vintage Brown Beer Bottle Marked “WAGNER SIDNEY O” – Solved!

The Mystery of the Vintage Brown Beer Bottle Marked “WAGNER SIDNEY O” – Solved!

A short while back, someone in one of the many cast iron Facebook groups to which I belong posted a photo of a brown beer bottle, with raised lettering marked “Wagner” and “Sidney, O.” The person asked whether the bottle was related to the Wagner […]

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

The Sidney Hollow Ware Company began in 1859 as “P. Smith Bro. & Co.” Philip Smith began working a small foundry in Sidney Ohio with capital of just $25 in 1859.  His brother Michael joined him in the business a short time later. P. Smith […]

Why Griswold Made Both a High- and Low-Base for its Waffle Irons

Why Griswold Made Both a High- and Low-Base for its Waffle Irons

I’ve seen this theorized here and there before, and the theories all made sense, but here it is right from the mouth of Griswold’s marketing department in 1921! “The Griswold … low frame … is for use on coal and wood ranges, and the high […]

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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