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Quick Facts About Griswold Cast Iron: - Griswold was produced from 1865 through the late 1950s. - The Griswold first mark used was simply "Erie." - Numbers on the back of pieces indicate the size. - Pieces produced after the company was sold in 1957 are not considered to be reproductions. - Even the oldest Griswold cast iron pieces can be used and enjoyed without worry of damage making this an unusual collecting interest.
Griswold in the Beginning From 1865 until the late 1950s, the Griswold Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pa. made various cast iron implements for home use, including many types hardware. Their selection of cookware included skillets, muffin pans, roasters, bread molds, waffle irons, kettles, dutch ovens and even miniatures. These pieces stood the test of time and are the items most often found by collectors today. Since they were usually made with black iron, collectors easily recognize them today. The distinctive mark on the back of each piece frequently confirms a Griswold find, but the company actually used a number of different signatures during the life of the company.

More About the Marks The first mark used by Griswold was simply "Erie." Later pieces found their identity with a cross shaped mark within a circle similar to the one shown in the illustration at right. There are several variations of that mark used through 1957 when the company was sold. Other companies manufactured cast iron using the Griswold name after the company changed hands, but collectors look for the words "Erie," "Erie PA" or "Erie PA USA" under the logo to confirm that their treasures were indeed made in Pennsylvania. The later use of the Griswold logo was legal, so newer pieces aren't technically considered to be reproductions. Ardent collectors don't favor them as much as the older pieces, however, and the price they are willing to pay reflects this judgment.

The Significance of Size Numbers Since many Griswold items, skillets for example, came in a variety of sizes, the numbers located on the backs of most pieces helped consumers communicate the size they needed when they were new. Now, collectors use these numbers as indicators of value and rarity, since most price guides list Griswold pieces by item type and then by size number. For instance, collectors may find #12 and #14 skillets (although not inexpensively for early marks) fairly readily, but have more difficulty locating a #13 to complete a Griswold skillet collection.

Collectible Cast Iron in the Kitchen One of the best parts of collecting cast iron comes with being able to really enjoy their functionality in the kitchen. Many cooks hang iron skillets and pans on walls for pleasing displays and easy access. Often found caked with years worth of grease, grime and rust when discovered at flea markets and estate sales, with a little cleaning and care, these heavy duty collectibles can function in the kitchen once again without worry about damage.






GRISWOLD CONVENTION AUCTION, 2006





PRICE ITEM NO. MAKER TYPE, SIZE, PATTERN NO. OR CAT. NO, ETC. CONDITION
$20.00 1 Wagner "E" Bread Stick Pan
$90.00 2 Wagner No. 10 Pie Logo Skillet
$50.00 3 Wagner Hot Pot, 1368
$40.00 4 Wagner Skillet, No. 2
$20.00 5 Martin Stove Bread Pan, Florence, Alabama
$10.00 6 Barstow Gem Pan, Providence, R.I.
$40.00 7 Orr Painter Waffle Iron, 7 & 8, Reading, PA
$10.00 8 Vollrath Skillet, No. 7, Wood Handle, Gray Enamel
$70.00 9 Unknown Flop Griddle, Pat'd Sept. 24, 1889
$5.00 10 Susquehanna No. 6, Aluminum Skillet,Stamped Indian, Chain Link Handle
$40.00 11 Erie/Griswold No. 9 Gem Pan, PN 947 Good
$40.00 12 Griswold Patty Bowl, PN 871 Good
$30.00 13 Wagner Broiler - Grid, Aluminum Good
$45.00 14 Wagner Dutch Oven, No. 8, w/Glass Lid & Trivet, New in Box Excellent
$45.00 15 Unmarked 5 Star Skillet Set, No. 1403 Excellent
$20.00 16 Unmarked Box Set, Miniature Cookware for Small Play Stove Very Good
$25.00 17 Unmarked Gas Meiser Grid (Like Flame Tamer) Very Good
$70.00 18 Wagner No. 7, Half Skillet, 3 Hole Handle Very Good
$20.00 19 Wagner Magnalite 2 pcs.,Bun Warmer w/Lid,A207 &4602 Excellent
$25.00 20 Griswold No. 7 Alum. Skillet w/Wd Handle, Lg.Logo,A207B--Good
$25.00 21 Unmarked Navy Porcelain Cast Iron Heart Shaped Cake Pan Excellent
$10.00 22 Unmarked Tank w/Red Roof Skillet Ash Tray, (About Size 4) Good
$50.00 23 Griswold Wax Ladle, PN 964 Excellent
$110.00 24 Griswold No. 90, Chrome Casserole and Lid, No. 90c Good -- Scarce
$210.00 25 Griswold & Oth Aluminum Pup Paperweight & Lifetime Mini Adv Pot Very Good
$70.00 26 Neverbreak Skillet, About #8 Size & Mini Neverbreak Adv. Skillet Very Good
$160.00 27 Wagner No. 2 Handled Gem Pan, Unmarked Very Good
$110.00 28 Wapak No. 6, Indian Head Skillet Very Good
$245.00 29 Wagner Cast Iron Toy Set, 4 Pieces Excellent
$90.00 30 Wapak No. 7, Indian Head Logo Skillet Excellent
$60.00 31 Griswold No. 3 Gem Pan, Var. 3, PN 942 Excellent
$60.00 32 Griswold No. 4 Skillet, Slant/"ERIE", PN 702 Excellent
$110.00 33 Griswold Toy Square Skillet, PN 775 Excellent
$20.00 34 Griswold No. 18 Popover Pan, Var. 5, PN 6141 Excellent
$70.00 35 Favorite Piqua Yankee Bowl, No. 5, Early One Excellent
$20.00 36 Griswold Skillet, No. 9, Wood Handle, Slant/Erie, PN 727 VG - Exc.
$60.0 37 CrescentOzark Dutch Oven, No. 10, Yellow Enamel, St. Louis Excellent
$85.00 38 Griswold Skillet, No. 9, Extra Deep, Slant/Erie, PN 733 VG - Exc.
$180.00 39 Griswold Oval Roaster, No. 5, Slant/Erie, PN's 2629, 2630 VG - Exc.
$235.00 40 G.F. Filley Gem Pan, No. 8 Excellent
$135.00 41 Burke, Chicago Bear Mold, Small
$110.00 42 Wagner "L" Gem Pan, Aluminum Excellent
$130.00 43 Griswold No. 12 Iron Mountain Skillet Excellent
$180.00 44 Wagner Toy Skillet, 3 Inch Size Excellent
$25.00 45 Sperry No. 9, 3 Leg Pot, Some Roughness, Inside Bottom Good
$110.00 46 Griswold No. 3 Griswold Skillet with Lid, Chrome
$200.00 47 Griswold No. 7 Muffin Pan with Pattern Number
$60.00 48 Wagner No. 5, Skillet Lid, Nickel
$110.00 49 ? 1860 Long Broiler, Size 9
$25.00 50 Ni-Resist No. 5 Favorite Ni-Resist Skillet, Non-Magnetic
$200.00 51 Griswold No. 2 Skillet, Block Logo, Smooth Bottom
$20.00 52 Griswold Pans from Hotel Waffle Iron, Nos. 366-367
$70.00 53 Griswold No. 6 Vienna Bread Pan
$70.00 54 Griswold No. 272 Corn Or Wheat Pan
$100.00 55 Griswold No. 947 Gem Pan
$50.00 56 Griswold No. 21 Corn Bread Pan
$80.00 57 Griswold No. 26 Vienna Bread Pan
$60.00 58 Griswold No. 9 Brownie Cake Pan
$35.00 59 Griswold No. 23 Bread Stick Pan
$30.00 60 Griswold Pans from Hotel Waffle Iron, Nos. 366-367
$350.00 61 Wagner "K" Gem Pan, Cast Iron Good
$310.00 62 Griswold Skillet Lid, No. 11, Low Dome, Smooth Top Excellent
$80.00 63 Griswold No. 853 Casserole w/Lid Excellent
$75.00 64 Griswold No. 845 Casserole w/Lid Excellent
$100.00 65 Griswold Aluminum Water Pitcher w/Applied Handle & Sticker Excellent
$20.00 66 Wagner Roast & Bake Pan, No. 4007, Aluminum Good
$875.00 67 Wagner No. 1 Handle Gem Pan, Aluminum Good
$15.00 68 Griswold Glass, Self Basting Cover, 10 1/2 Inches Good
$40.00 69 Wapak No. 6, Handled Griddle, Iron Good
$90.00 70 Griswold muffin #283-931 big corn very Good
$130.00 71 Griswold #12 LBHR chrome skillet super cond. EXCELLENT
$200.00 72 Griswold muffin #2700-632 wheat-corn pan VG-Exc.
$40.00 73 Griswold muffin #1 gem pan very Good
$70.00 74 Wagner #2 bread pan, aluminum good
$75.00 75 Griswold Skillet Lid, No. 6, Logo On Top, PN 1096 VG - Exc.
$55.00 76 Favorite Piqua Skillet, No. 7, Wood Handle, Gray Enamel VG - Exc.
$250.00 77 G.F. Filley Gem Pan, No. 2 VG - Exc.
$275.00 78 G.F. Filley Gem Pan, No. 7 Very Good
$50.00 79 J.Savery'sSons Waffle Iron, 3, 7 X 8, Neat Pattern VG - Exc.
$390.00 80 Griswold/Erie "Use Erie Ware The Best", Toy Tea Kettle Excellent
$235.00 81 Griswold/Erie "Erie", No. 2, Toy 3 Legged Kettle Excellent
$350.00 82 Griswold No. 2 Skillet, Slant/Erie, Smoked Ring Excellent
$400.00 83 Griswold No. 5 Gem Pan, Logo & EPU, Var. 6 Excellent
$75.00 84 Griswold No. 9, New England Griddle Excellent
$190.00 85 Griswold No. 570, Solid Green Porcelain Ashtray w/Matchholder Mint
$2000.00 86 "ERIE" Erie "SPIDER" Skillet, No. 8 Good
$325.00 87 Erie/Griswold Toy Skillet, "Use Erie Ware The Best" Good
$400.00 88 Erie/Griswold Erie, No. 5 Skillet, PN 3348 Good
$900.00 89 Griswold No. 13 Skillet, Block Logo Good
$340.00 90 Wapak No. 12 Indian Head Skillet Good
$150.00 91 Griswold No. 24 Bread Stick Pan PN 957 Good
$95.00 92 Griswold No. 6 Dutch Oven
$70.00 93 Griswold No. 17 Muffin Pan
$60.00 94 Griswold No. 283 Corn Stick Pan
$55.00 95 Griswold No. 262 Corn Stick Pan
$60.00 96 Griswold No. 18 Family Grill
$35.00 97 Griswold Pan from Wafer Iron
$30.00 98 Griswold No. 250 Skillet Grill
$35.00 99 Griswold No. 8 Victor Skillet, Fully Marked
$40.00 100 Griswold No. 43 Chef Skillet
$50.00 101 Griswold No. 12 Mistake Stamped Alum. Skillet, Says Iron
$200.00 102 Griswold Hammered Corn Stick Pan, PN2073 Excellent
$200.00 103 Griswold No. 15 Oval Fish Skillet, PN 1013 Excellent
$360.00 104 Erie/Griswold Erie Flop Griddle, No. 8, PN's 2406 & 2408 Excellent
$130.00 105 Griswold No. 14 Block, S/R Skillet, PN 718 Good
$1100.00 106 Griswold No. 14 Bailed Handle Skillet Good
$950.00 107 Griswold No. 3 Hammered Skillet w/Lid, Chrome Good
$1250.00 108 Griswold No. 13 Skillet, Slant/ERIE Fair
$900.00 109 Griswold No. 14 Skillet, Slant/ERIE Fair
$100.00 110 Griswold No. 6 Skillet Lid, Low Dome, Full Writing Good
$60.00 111 Griswold Round Breakfast Skillet, Pn 665 Good
$100.00 112 Griswold Advertising Ash Tray, R.D. McKee, Inc. Hardware Excellent
$475.00 113 Wagner Toy Handle Griddle, Cast Iron, RARE Good
$80.00 114 Griswold Food Chopper Stand, PN 1335, Has Been Repaired Repaired
$65.00 115 Wagner Unmarked Wagner No. 2 Skillet, (Marked with 2 only) Good
$120.00 116 Griswold Orange Or Lemon Reamer, Alum., PN A708 Good
$150.00 117 Unknown THE ODIN, #83 Gas Parlor Stove, Erie, PA Excellent
$800.00 118 Wager, Richmond & Smith w/c Parlor Stove Ilion #3 Pat.1893 Museum Piece
$75.00 119 Griswold No. 8 Hammered Aluminum Skillet & Lid Excellent
$120.00 120 Griswold Coffee Perculator, Complete, PN 176 Excellent
$395.00 121 Griswold No. 2 Toy Tea Kettle, "Use Erie Ware The Best" Excellent
$90.00 122 Wagner 9 Cup Little Gem Pan, Open Frame Excellent
$80.00 123 Wagner No. 6 Dutch Oven, w/Ringed Lid & Trivet Excellent
$160.00 124 Griswold No. 6 Victor Skillet, Fully Marked Excellent
$550.00 125 Griswold No. 44 Classic Gas Heater, Complete Excellent
$70.00 126 Wagner 6 Qt. Grand Prize Tea Kettle Excellent
$70.00 127 Wagner 7 Qt. Grand Prize Tea Kettle Excellent
$55.00 128 Wagner 8 Qt. Grand Prize Tea Kettle Excellent
$80.00 129 Wagner Rice Boiler, 3 Pieces, 3 Qt. Excellent
$40.00 130 Griswold No. 10, "ERIE" Aluminum Skillet Excellent
$300.00 131 Griswold No. 4 Skillet Lid, High Dome, Smooth Top, Cast Iron Excellent
$150.00 132 Griswold 9 Inch Service Plate Excellent
$1200.00 133 Griswold "Hats Off To Griswold" Alum. Cowboy Hat Ashtray, 31 Excellent
$175.00 134 Griswold 3 Ashtrays, Enamel, 1 Black 570, 2 Red/Cream-570,77 Good/Exc.
$120.00 135 Favorite Piqua Adv. Skillet, 2 3/8 In., "The Favorite City" Piqua Ohio Good
$150.00 136 Wagner No. 2 Advertising Skillet, Wertz & Singer Co. Excellent
$110.00 137 Favorite Piqua No. 2 Cast Iron Skillet Excellent
$260.00 138 Griswold No. 2 Skillet, Block, Smooth Bottom, Cast Iron Excellent
$300.00 139 Griswold No. 2 Skillet, Slant, EPU, S/R, Cast Iron Excellent
$140.00 140 Wagner "C" Turk Head Gem Pan, Cast Iron Good
$135.00 141 Griswold No. 18 Hearts and Star Waffle Iron
$70.00 142 Griswold Puritan Wheat Stick Muffin Pan, PN 1270
$250.00 143 Griswold Rabbit Cake Mold, PN 862, 863
$50.00 144 Griswold Diamond Erie Regular Griddle, PN 737
$60.00 145 Griswold Diamond Erie Regular Griddle, PN737
$50.00 146 Griswold #1 gem, variation 2 Good
$70.00 147 Griswold #2 gem, variation 2 Good
$425.00 148 Griswold #14 gem (rectangular), variation 4 Good
$300.00 149 Griswold #19 golf ball pan, variation 3 Good
$475.00 150 Griswold #100 heart-star pan, cast iron Good
$1750.00 151 Various Lot of 50 Pieces, Various Makers--Early to Later Pieces Varies
$45.00 152 Griswold TiteTop Dutch Oven, PN 1279(Donated to Convention)
$70.00 153 Griswold Red/Cream Enamel Corn Stick Pan, PN 273 Good
$170.00 154 New Lot of 5, 2006 G & CICA Convention Commemorative Skillets New
$290.00 155 Griswold Lot of 4, Heart/Star Waffle Iron, #18Popover,Lamb, Alum #18 Exc.-Very Good
$110.00 156 Griswold Lot of 3, Deep Patty Bowl, Wind Proof Ashtray, #3 Skillet w/Lid VG, #3 Lid, Poor
$55.00 157 Griswold "UpToTime" Logo Sweatshirt, Size M (Donated to Convention) New
$75.00 158 G.F. Filley No. 6 Gem Pan (Donated to Convention) Exc.
$75.00 159 Griswold No. 3 Gem Pan, PN 942(Donated to Convention) Exc.
$25.00 160 Favorite No. 8 Miami Skillet (Donated to Convention) Good
$65.00 161 Wagner No. 11 Skillet, Cat. No. 1061A (Donated to Convention) Good




Cast Iron Cleaning Basics For an individual item, begin by spraying the pan with standard oven cleaner and putting it in a plastic bag. Using a plastic bag will keep the cleaner from evaporating and allows it to work longer. After a day or two, take it out of the bag and scrub it down with a brass brush. Smith prefers the type made for cleaning whitewall tires, noting it's just the right size "for doing pans." If all the grease doesn't loosen up right away, repeat the process concentrating cleaner on stubborn spots.

Cleaning Multiple Pieces If you have several dirty items, Smith suggests a soaking solution of one and a half gallons of water to one can of lye mixed in a plastic container. The items should be placed in the solution so that they're covered and allowed to soak for about five days. Remove the pieces and use the same brass brush method to scrub them clean.

Removing Rust Removing mild rust should be done with a fine wire wheel on an electric drill while crusted rust can be dissolved by soaking the piece in a 50 percent solution of white vinegar and water for a few hours. "Don't leave it more than overnight without checking it. This solution will eventually eat the iron!,".

Seasoning Basics Once the pan's clean, it should be seasoned. This is done by warming it in the oven for a few minutes then applying a little shortenting, vegetable cooking spray, lard or bacon fat. Put the skillet back into a 225 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove and wipe it almost dry to eliminate any pooled grease. Put it back in the oven for another half hour or so, completing the initial seasoning.The seasoning process will continue with use, especially if you use it to cook fatty foods the first few times it hits the stove.

Cleaning After Use After cooking, articles stuck to the pan should be loosened with a spoon. Avoid using scouring pads. They cut into the seasoned surface ruining the effect. It's also important to remember not use detergent to clean cast iron, since this will also break down the seasoning. Instead, put hot water in the pan and bring it to a boil. Let the pan soak for several minutes, empty the water and then wipe dry with a paper towel. Reheat the pan and apply just enough grease to cover the surface before stowing it away.






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