Dating griswold cast iron
Absent markings on the pan, it is often impossible to identify the maker of a gate marked piece.There were many cast iron foundries in the 1800s, and many did not put maker’s marks on their wares.
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TIPS TO IDENTIFY THE MANUFACTURER OF VINTAGE CAST IRON SKILLETS Some of the unmarked pans you may come across in your cast iron travels were made by Griswold, Lodge, Birmingham Stove & Range (“BSR”), Vollrath, Wagner, Favorite Stove & Range, and Chicago Hardware Foundry.
Griswold Manufacturing Company, Erie, PA: Griswold manufactured pieces under names other than “Griswold.” Early Griswold pans did not have the Griswold name on them.
How thick are the walls and how heavy is the skillet?
Pans of recent vintage have thicker walls than do antique pans. A number 8 Lodge pan of more recent vintage is more than a pound heavier in weight than the 1906 Griswold number 8 “ERIE” spider skillet, and almost a pound heavier than a Griswold slant logo “ERIE” number 8 pan.