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Cast Iron Brand

How can you tell the brand of your cast iron? Obviously, if the brand it stamped on it, it's easy, but if it's not how can you tell.

I got 2 pans recently from an estate sale for $5 and there is no markings on them, just something to the effect of No 2 5 1/2 (numbers are off, just trying to recall from memory).
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,687
    edited July 2013
    I'm not really up on my antique CI, but I believe a great deal of it was made by either Griswold or Wagner. In addition to their own branded products, they made unbranded pieces for others. At some point, they merged and it got even more confusing. :)

    You might try sending an email with a couple of pics to the panman, David Smith. I have done that a few times and he is usually good about replying.

    http://www.panman.com/

    Hope this helps.

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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,341
    @solson005
    @shtgunal
    @eggcelsior

    Are all cast iron guys I think

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,686
    No, merely perfected cooking on it. =))
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,568
    Look at the handle neck by the pan, check for markings or raised edges on the bottom. See if the are machined(smooth cooking surface) vs. regular(like Lodge) There is a chance that build-up has filled in the markings on the bottom so reseasoning could help uncover it. Look for "Sidney", "Erie", "Griswold", or Wagner". If it is at least 60 years old, it will likely be either Griswold or Wagner. Erie, PA and Sidney, OH were the foundries locations, respectively. If it is either of those, you've got some of the best cast iron ever made. Much better than anything you can get new today. I have some Wagner skillets and Griswold griddles that are all at least 80 years old, based on the markings. I'd be happy to send you pictures of the bottoms and handle markings.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,464
    @tamu2009 - why don't you post pictures of the bottom? 
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    I came into possession of my grandfather's Griswold skillet and self basting lid.  The wife (yes, the wife who....) asked me to put that nasty thing away, out of sight.  It's in perfect condition and beautiful.  Sigh.  Oh well, I can always sneak it out to look at it.
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  • tamu2009tamu2009 Posts: 338
    I'll look when I get home. I don't recall much being on the bottoms. If I see something I'll post some pics.

    Thanks guys
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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    If it has no markings at all, I can't help much. Post a pic of the top and the bottom.

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  • tamu2009tamu2009 Posts: 338
    This is what I have. I don't guess it's anything special. I was just curious.
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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 2,902
    That first one is a damn fine skillet. Don't know much about the other 2. Off brands I think, but still good to use.

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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    I agree with shtgunal. First one is a nice one. The others are obviously old and made in the USA, so most likely made by one of the big 3 (griswold, Wagner, or old lodge) but who knows. I'd use it unless it said made in China ;-)
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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793

    I came into possession of my grandfather's Griswold skillet and self basting lid.  The wife (yes, the wife who....) asked me to put that nasty thing away, out of sight.  It's in perfect condition and beautiful.  Sigh.  Oh well, I can always sneak it out to look at it.

    I'll be happy to put that to good use :-D
    Dunedin, FL
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