I recently posted a series of photos of old advertisements for Griswold Quaker Ware. Old ads such as those are very helpful when trying to determine what precise pieces were part of a particular line of pans.
When I was in Seattle in March, I took some photos of Marg and Larry O’Neil’s collection of Griswold Quaker Ware for an article Marg was writing for the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association’s newsletter. Larry and Marg have the full collection of Griswold Quaker Ware. Reading Marg’s article and seeing the photos of their beautiful collection brings the pictures in the old advertisements to life.
Marg has graciously agreed to allow me to reprint her article. The article is by Marg O’Neil. Photos by me.
On the Hunt for Griswold Quaker Ware
By Marg O’Neil. Photos by Mary Theisen.
[Cast iron collector] Lou Wright convinced us to join the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association (“G&CICA”) many years ago. We went to a national convention shortly after we joined, where we were lucky enough to buy several pieces of Griswold Quaker Ware. Ever since we have been on a mission to collect all of the pieces of Griswold’s Quaker Ware.
Griswold made Quaker Ware from 1949 to 1957. Quaker Ware pieces are black iron with a white porcelain-coated interior. The line is high-quality; the iron was tumble-finished before the porcelain was applied. Griswold ads to dealers proclaimed: “Smartly-styled lowest priced porcelain lined ironware – that’s the new Griswold Quaker Ware.”
The Quaker Ware round and square skillets have grooved handles, while the casseroles have scalloped handles. Griswold trademarks are not consistent throughout the line. Some pieces have the small Griswold trademark, others the large block trademark, and our no. 107 skillet griddle has the italicized trademark. The skillet griddle was the last piece of Quaker Ware made by Griswold.