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G. F. Filley, Excelsior Manufacturing Company, Charter Oak Stove and Range

G. F. Filley, Excelsior Manufacturing Company, Charter Oak Stove and Range

Giles F. Filley – commonly known as G.F. Filley – was the founder of the Excelsior Manufacturing Company and of the Charter Oak Stove and Range. In addition to the wildly popular Charter Oak stove, Filley and Excelsior produced hollow ware which is highly sought-after […]

The Griswold “Burglar Alarm”

The Griswold “Burglar Alarm”

Griswold made much more than just a line of cookware. Did you know that Griswold also made, and held the patent for, a burglar Alarm? I didn’t think so. Inventors John Harvey and David Shields, assigned to Matthew Griswold. Application March 1, 1893. Patent granted […]

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, I had a pretty pan that had some interesting features. It was marked “Odorless” on the bottom, and carried a patent date of October 17, 1893. It looked similar to a skillet, with pour spouts at […]

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

In my quest to find out who had manufactured a pretty antique Odorless skillet I used to own, I uncovered a huge amount of information. So much so that I’ve written two blog posts about the topic! To understand the Odorless skillet and other kettles/pans […]


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