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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. The CEO of Lodge was always been a descendant […]

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 […]

“Griswold” Pup: Authentic or Reproduction?

“Griswold” Pup: Authentic or Reproduction?

How can you tell whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction? Griswold pups have been widely reproduced. With just a little knowledge and education, you can quickly determine whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction. I spent time with […]

Grady Britt, Lodge Cast Iron Collector

Grady Britt, Lodge Cast Iron Collector

Grady Britt of Raleigh, North Carolina, is a long-time Lodge cast iron collector. While he also has pieces by many other manufacturers – notably Griswold – the focus of his study and his collection is on Lodge cast iron. Grady and Jean Britt Linda and […]


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