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Category: Identification

Ask Mary: What is this 2-handled rectangular pan?

Ask Mary: What is this 2-handled rectangular pan?

Jo H. of Hayward, Wisconsin wrote to me via the contact form. She said: I have a 9 by 17-1/2 cast iron pan. I can not see any writing on it at all. I got it from my grandfather years ago.Can you tell me what […]

Ask Mary: Lodge 3-Pour-Spout Skillet

Ask Mary: Lodge 3-Pour-Spout Skillet

Richard R. from Collierville, Tennessee wrote to me via the contact form and said: Hello. I have attached two pictures of a three pour spout skillet I found at an estate sale. One picture is as found and the other after cleaning in lye tank. […]

Real and Reproduction Griswold Skillet Racks

Real and Reproduction Griswold Skillet Racks

You’ve stumbled across an awesome-looking rack marked “Griswold” at a flea market or antique store. You’re thrilled because the price is $40. You’ve seen Griswold racks sell on eBay for more than $100. Reproduction Griswold Racks Before you spend any of your hard-earned cash, you […]

Ask Mary: Can you identify the maker of this large gem pan?

Ask Mary: Can you identify the maker of this large gem pan?

Short answer: No, I can’t. Readers, can you? Update September 2, 2019: Facebook reader Michael Cumminskey identified your pan, Steve. It is a “Takoyaki” pan. Do a little google search and you’ll learn all about it. Steve Z. of Newell New Jersey wrote to me […]

Ask Mary: Was this griddle made by Griswold?

Ask Mary: Was this griddle made by Griswold?

Scott M. of Medford, Maryland wrote to me via the contact form on the site and asked: Hi,I recently purchased a Erie 1786 No 8 Griddle and I am being told it is a reproduction since Griswold never used numbered tags. It was suggested that […]

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. […]

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.

How To: Google Images Search

A Google images search can be a great resource when trying to identify unmarked vintage and antique cast iron cookware. Often, old cast iron pieces that you find do not carry the manufacturer’s name. Or if they do, you might need help figuring out what […]


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