I also picked up this Ballard just because of the ornate casting. Needless to say the skillet has to be in great condition for this price. It has a flat bottom, rounded sides. The Griswold 20 is a huge skillet and can cost a pretty penny online. Why this logo came and went so quickly is uncertain. In this article you can date and identify your skillet using markings and also the different logos and brands Griswold Manufacturing Company used between 1870-1957.
Pour most of the melted shortening into the batter. Matthew Griswold passed on ownership of the company was passed on to his son, Matthew Griswold Junior, in 1905. It is a Griswold 704 no. Ebay is setting the values today. Knowing what design features were implemented at what points in Erie skillet history can help collectors make a reasonably confident estimate of when their piece was produced. I'm sure it's at least 50 years old. Smooth bottom pans are like what we use today.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The first of the famous Griswold skillet logos. What does this mean in plain English? If you subscribe you may have a chance to win a Dutch oven. It does have some areas where it has come off, black area's. Griswold Manufacturing marketed Victor cast iron as a lower grade however this does not mean lower quality. The interior has a beautiful rich, black patina.
Luckily we can use these markings to determine the age of your Griswold cast iron skillet. Please watch this video for the terms and conditions. These photos are used as an educational resource for anyone interested in cast iron. The lip is wide and slants downwards toward the inside of the pot. The symbol most collectors associate with Griswold Manufacturing Company, however, is the cross symbol. Does anyone know about how old this pot might be. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Founding of Griswold Cast Iron The company was founded in 1865 under the name Seldon-Griswold Manufacturing Company. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Griswold used this logo between 1880-1907. At the same time, the company faced new competition from manufacturers making cookware out of more modern materials such as aluminum. Steve 27-Mar-2009 01:48 I've just today found at a local thrift store a Griswold 3 burner cast iron campstove 203.
A 1928 advertisement in Good Housekeeping described the Griswold Electric Waffle Baker, and invited readers to write to Aunt Ellen for details on making the waffle cream pie. These pans are thinner and lighter than later pieces made by the company. Changes Griswold made on their Slant logo skillets. There are collectors around the country who will pay thousands for a rare find. If you have a Griswold Cast iron skillet then you should be one proud owner. I have kept the skillets around for sentimental reasons and now am using them again. The main reason the items are collectible is that they have distinctive brand markings.
Just more work and no real benefit. It is difficult to tell if these variations reflect progressions in the Erie design or if they are merely the result of an individual pattern maker's artistic choice or in some cases oversight , as they are apparently not confined to a single series. Some people recommend using a mild white vinegar-water solution one part vinegar, five parts water and to soak the piece for several hours. He and his wife, Jan, did a lot of canoe racing, camping and outdoor cooking. From 1865 until the late 1950s, the Griswold Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania made various cast iron implements for home use including many types of hardware. She was given the job of handling letters asking for advice on using the company's products. I cannot believe how smooth the inside is compared to my modern Lodge brand pans.
You can expect to pick up a skillet with the Griswold small block logo at lower price than more collectable skillets. This is done by warming it in the oven for a few minutes then applying a little shortening, vegetable oil, lard, or bacon fat to the surface of the pan. This precious piece has been thoroughly cleaned, and heat seasoned with Crisco. The age and quality of these pans make them among the most desirable for collectors, and as such they are often sold for high prices at antique malls and fairs. Accordingly, skillets are typically built to take almost non-stop use, with cast iron being a favorite medium for manufacturers.
In the second half of the 19th century, one particularly legendary cast-iron cookware maker was Griswold Manufacturing Company. Add garlic and jalapenos and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. However there are still Griswold Manufacturing made. These are less collectable than the spider and web logo, but are still excellent pieces of cast iron cookware. Sometimes these valuable items are found at flea markets or garage sales, barely identifiable because of layers of rust.