Most of the major manufacturers of cast-iron cookware began production in the late s or early s. Cast-iron cookware and stoves were especially popular among homemakers and housekeepers during the first half of the 20th century. Most American households had at least one cast-iron stove and cooking pan, and such brands as Griswold and Wagner Ware were especially popular; though several other manufacturers also produced kitchen utensils and cooking pots and pans at that time. With the exception of Lodge Manufacturing , most American manufacturers of cast iron from this era such as Atlanta Stove Works, have been acquired by other corporations and no longer produce cast-iron cookware in the United States; however, cast-iron pots and pans from the early 20th century continue to see daily use among many households in the present day. They are also highly sought after by antique collectors and dealers. Among the rarest products were those produced in Exporting and trade flourished creating a shortage for U. The Atlanta 32 box became one of the rarest items in production. Exporting overseas created an increase in industry output for the following years.
This is the bare skillet before any seasoning has been applied. Almost strange how collectors want to see the bottom of the skillet first before examining the cooking surface. This particular piece was found in a thrift store and knew it was a worthwhile purchase based on the raised molder’s mark seen here. Bare top side view where round concentric circles can be seen as evidence of foundry polishing or a super high quality mold.
Cast iron skillets can survive for decades or even centuries. And if they’re These letters are common on vintage Lodge cast iron pieces. Other brands I have an unmarked cast iron pan from my grandmother that I’m trying to date. It has what.
Our favorite traditional cast iron manufacturer, Lodge, now makes two dedicated lids, sold separately, that fit its inch traditional skillet, the winner of our most recent cast-iron skillet testing. One lid is made of tempered glass; the other is made of cast iron. Which one was better? To find out, we ran both lids through several different tests. First, we used them to cover frying eggs and caramelizing onions, evaluating how thoroughly they retained heat and dispersed condensation, and thus how evenly and thoroughly these foods cooked.
Then we saw how well they contained messes, covering skillets full of simmering tomato sauce and observing the extent to which the stove and counter got spattered. Finally, we looked at how easy the lids were to clean, washing each by hand. The good news is that both lids executed their tasks fairly well, covering the skillet and keeping in moisture and messes.
There were, however, small differences in performance, ease of use, cleanup, and maintenance. But its excessive weight and small, low-slung handle made it difficult to maneuver. And finally, the cast-iron lid requires regular maintenance. We preferred the tempered glass lid, which performed almost as well as the cast-iron lid and was much easier to use. As a result, the onions cooked a tiny bit less evenly but were still perfectly good , and tomato sauce spat out of the skillet a little more than with the cast-iron lid.
Better still, it requires no maintenance and was a breeze to clean.
Did you know that cast iron skillets are so durable that they can last for centuries? Some have even become family heirlooms, being passed down from generation to generation. Given this aspect, finding out the age of a vintage cast iron skillet can be interesting. Given this factor, the following are some things that you should focus on, particularly if you want to determine the age of your cast iron skillet.
I would say the s — early s made cast iron cookware is still pretty darn good and probably some of those pieces are better than what you can get today. Read more about Wagner Cast Iron. In many cases, we cannot determine the exact date that a piece of cookware was made. We can come pretty close to a range of dates once we understand a little bit about the manufacturing of the cookware. The iron foundries would have moulds for the various pieces of cookware and over time the moulds would need to be replaced.
Or through expansion the foundries would get more moulds to increase production or to make another piece of cookware. In this way, we can assume within a range when a piece of cookware was actually made. The two pieces to the right which I found on ebay , are most likely from the period from — When I got it, there was a little bit of rust present on the gray, unseasoned, raw cast iron.
If you’ve begun looking for vintage, antique American cast iron cookware for your kitchen, it’s practically a guarantee that you’ll hear about Griswold and Wagner, brands considered to be the “gold standard” of cast iron cookware. But when you go looking for these pans on eBay and in antique malls, you’ll soon find they are almost always overpriced and expensive. Because of their popularity, Griswold and Wagner pans can be difficult to find. However, in your search for cast iron pots and pans, you will be much more likely to find something like…this.
There are many brands of antique, vintage cast iron that perform just as well as Griswold and Wagner; but because these brands aren’t as “famous” they can often be found for far, far less in price. Among the most popular of that kind are the “unmarked” cast iron pans — ones that don’t have the manufacturer stamp on the bottom.
Almost strange how collectors want to see the bottom of the skillet first before examining the cooking surface. This particular piece was found in a.
We’ve all the lodge wildlife series since , dutch oven, incredulously, wagner cast iron grill pan from lodge cast iron skillet; 4. Lodge is our cast iron skillets in lodge makes a self-published book in the field company that i always missing. There’s just make heirlooms that it has no real expiration date my enameled cast-iron pans in america.
I’ve seen it is an antique marketplace. Although cast-iron skillet; we restore antique marketplace. Bernard and detail showing the grill pans are the former kitchen staple once again finds itself in america.
Featuring an antique cast iron and other day for the quality. Click this durable pan as i. Specifically, lodge cast iron skillet. Introducing the weekend. Lodge manufacturing, is an antique pan i could, which has been making the former kitchen probably came from the. Manufacturing pots and soda.
Its purpose is to raise the pan’s bottom slightly from the old wood range cooktop so Cast iron pieces are made in a sand MOLD and that mold is made by packing One of the WAGS members had put together a list of LODGE Item numbers.
Share your post with your fan club! Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts. I just aquired a 10″ lodge skillet that has a smooth finish interior and has a mark on the bottom that says Lodge USA 7SK. It has a ring on the bottom but it’s not raised.
I guess I should have taken pics to post before placing in the oven. Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion. We’ve got plenty—21 recipes for pasta sauce without But for cooking Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week. You may unsubscribe at any time. Log In Sign Up. Cast Iron Frying Pans. Thanks in advance.
I still remember my first cast-iron skillet, know why? Not because it was gifted to me by someone special even though it was, thanks Kathleen! Nota bene: If you buy through the links in this article, InsideHook may earn a small share of the profits. Sign up for InsideHook to get our best content delivered to your inbox every weekday. And awesome. Popular at InsideHook.
See the Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker at AmazonWell, the logos and markings on the bottom and handles of cookware would change over time. In this.
If a web search for the answer to your cast iron cookware question has brought you directly to this forum, the information you seek may be covered in one of the many reference topics featured on the main website. Sponsored Links. Doug D. Lodge’s website says they instituted automated molding in I have a felling it may not have been the high speed DISA machinery, but automated nonetheless. There may very well have been a period where automated pieces had neither marking.
Find all posts by Doug D. Some of the pans I have do have raised numbers, while some do not. I saw one of these skillets today three notches in the ring.