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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 […]

An Example of Resourcefulness during the Great Depression

An Example of Resourcefulness during the Great Depression

A Twitter follower of mine – @therealjoedick – shared an amazing story with me the other day about his grandparents. Here is what he said: Here’s a bit of history for your readers. In the Depression my grandparents made ends meet by using the family […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

“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 […]

The “Griswold” Silver Pup Scandal

The “Griswold” Silver Pup Scandal

The “Griswold” silver pup scandal of 1994 caused an uproar in the cast iron collecting community. Steve’s Purchase of Two Silver Pups at an Estate Sale in 2018 Steve L. of La Pine Oregon recently contacted me. He told me that he had purchased two Griswold silver […]

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, based in Richmond Missouri, has been in business since 1980. It is a family business.  Owners Bob and Rilla Simmons, along with their team, work together to organize and run large auctions. Bob and Rilla have been married since 1967. Their […]


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