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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 […]

Ask Mary (who asked John): What do we have here?

Ask Mary (who asked John): What do we have here?

Identification and value of a vintage Lodge cast iron Dutch oven no. 8.

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!

Joe Zawadowski and his  Vintage Cast Iron Pups

Joe Zawadowski and his Vintage Cast Iron Pups

Joe Zawadowski is a vintage cast iron pup collector. He is also a turtle champion, wood carver, bog hunter, dog judge and skull seeker. I had wanted to see, learn, and write about Joe’s vintage cast iron pup collection for quite some time. The visit […]

Griswold no. 10 Small Logo Cast Iron Skillet w Grooved Handle – Original or Machined Handle?

Griswold no. 10 Small Logo Cast Iron Skillet w Grooved Handle – Original or Machined Handle?

Prior Sightings of a Griswold Grooved Handle no. 10 Jerome “Jerry” Cooper sent a photograph of a pan from his cast iron collection to David Smith in 2001. Mr. Smith is well-known and respected in the cast iron collecting community. He co-authored two reference books […]

Lodge and Blacklock Foundry History

Lodge and Blacklock Foundry History

The Lodge Manufacturing Company is the longest-running cast iron foundry in America. It is and has always been family-owned. Joseph Lodge started the company in 1896 in the small town (pop. ~3500) of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. His great-grandson Henry Lodge is the current CEO. Another […]

The Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

The Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

Snuggle pups! I feel a new obsession coming on. I saw a collection of Snuggle Pups and Joe and Nancy Zawadowski’s home. I must find one. Or three. Or six. Creation of the Snuggle Pups Frank W. Hopkins created the snuggle pups. He was a cartoonist. […]

Price for Authentic Griswold Pup

Price for Authentic Griswold Pup

What is a fair price for an authentic Griswold pup? These sweet little vintage cast iron beauties are highly collectible.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I paid $275 for a beautiful black iron satin-smooth Griswold pup with a 30 on the back of […]


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