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Interested in vintage cast iron brochures, price lists a​nd advertisements?

Interested in vintage cast iron brochures, price lists a​nd advertisements?

If so, you will want to be sure to follow me on one of my social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. I have finally gotten around to begin posting some of the amazing scans of originals that I got during our week-long March 2019 […]

Ask Mary: How “Rare” is this Cast Aluminum Griswold Slant Logo ERIE Skillet?

Ask Mary: How “Rare” is this Cast Aluminum Griswold Slant Logo ERIE Skillet?

Jody M. of Whittier, North Carolina wrote to me and asked: Can you tell me how rare a Griswold 2011 Cast Aluminum Skillet Slant Erie with wooden handle is? I responded to Jody and asked her to please send me photos of the pan. Here […]

BIG Cast Iron Auction this week in Missouri!

BIG Cast Iron Auction this week in Missouri!

Simmons & Company auctioneers are having a big 2-day cast iron auction on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, 2019. The auction will be held in Richmond Missouri at the Ray County Veteran’s Building, 312 Clark Street. Simmons & Company are well-known in the […]

Videos of the O’Neil Cast Iron Museum

Videos of the O’Neil Cast Iron Museum

Larry and Marg O’Neil have tens of thousands of pieces of vintage and antique cast iron and aluminum at their cast iron museum located on the outskirts of Tacoma, Washington. Pan Apprentice Linda Lamb and I first visited the O’Neil museum in April of 2015. […]

Ask Mary: Where can I find online cast iron auctions?

Ask Mary: Where can I find online cast iron auctions?

Leigh Ann W. of Greensboro North Carolina wrote to me and asked: Are there auctions -other than eBay- that you can participate in online? (Without actually being there). I never seem to see any of these in my area. Yes, there are. There are more […]

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 […]

Lodge Cast Iron 5-piece Bundle Amazon Prime Deal

Lodge Cast Iron 5-piece Bundle Amazon Prime Deal

I’ve been hearing buzz about Amazon’s upcoming July 15 and 16 2019, 2-day Prime deals. Here’s an early-bird deal on Lodge pre-seasoned cast iron cookware from Amazon that you shouldn’t miss! Amazon Prime Deal on Lodge Lodge is America’s longest-running foundry. The Lodge Manufacturing Company […]

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 […]


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