What is the rarest Griswold?

One of the rarest of all Griswold skillets the Block EPU (BEPU) is the hardest among the 13s to find as so few were made (people tended to buy them less for the fear of unlucky 13). This one is a beauty with a heat ring, glassy cooking surface and nice mill marks. Super collectable.
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What is the rarest cast iron skillet?

The value of antique cast iron skillets can start at similar to new prices, but a super rare Wagner or Griswold can fetch up to $1,500 apiece. A mint condition, super rare "spider skillet" made in the 1890s by Griswold is worth up to $8,000.
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How can I tell how old my Griswold skillet is?

Look for an apostrophe in the Griswold logo. If you find Griswold spelled Griswold's, you have a skillet that was manufactured between 1884 and 1912.
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What is Griswold cast iron worth?

Griswold Cast Iron Price Guide

An antique skillet from the early days of the Griswold iron works can be marketed for more than $3,000, depending on the condition and traceability.
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What is the most expensive cast-iron cookware?

What is this? Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron is some of the most expensive cookware in the world.
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Unboxing A Rare Vintage Griswold Cast Iron Skillet in 2019

Why are Griswold cast iron so expensive?

Griswold cast iron is highly collectible

And this makes the ironware fun to collect for collectors and enthusiasts. So when a rare piece or size comes up for sale, it will attract the attention of many buyers and ultimately drive up the price.
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What do the numbers on a Griswold skillet mean?

In the case of Griswold, in addition to model or item numbers, "pattern numbers" were devised, ostensibly unique to each model, size, and type of pan produced. Griswold pieces like skillets and dutch ovens are inscribed with their size number and a pattern number.
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What is the oldest cast iron skillet?

The oldest cast iron artifacts date from early 5th century B.C. China, in the Jiangsu province, and such tools were widely used in the region by the 3rd century B.C. Cast iron slowly made its way to Western Europe, likely via the Silk Road, and wasn't an important material until the 14th century A.D.
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What does the number 8 mean on cast iron?

Ever wonder what that number on the handle of your cast-iron skillet means? It's not, as you might think, the size of the pan. The number actually refers to the diameter of the pan in inches across the bottom of the pan, not across its flared top, which is the industry standard way to measure skillet size.
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How big is a Griswold #10 skillet?

The base measures approximately 10 1/2" (26.7 cm) wide & the top is 11 11/16" (29.7cm) wide. It is 16 1/2" (41.9 cm) long with the handle. It weighs 5lbs 10oz (2.55 kg).
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Are Griswold skillets good?

Griswold is one of the best vintage brands if you want to start collecting vintage cast iron. Griswold is a reputation for being some of the finest quality cast iron cookware on the market. And is popular with both enthusiasts and home cooks. Some collectors like to find rare and collectible Griswold pieces.
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What is considered vintage cast iron?

Only cast iron made between the late 19th and mid-20th century is considered “vintage.” That's basically anything produced before 1957. Most cast-iron goods from this time period were made by just a handful of companies: Birmingham Stove & Range. Griswold Manufacturing.
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Why is Lodge cast iron so cheap?

They're made locally. The fact that Lodge skillets are manufactured in the USA helps, too. Cast iron is heavy and it's cheaper to ship to stores and shoppers from Tennessee than China. A fun plus to being made in America is that the company creates lots of jobs for locals.
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How big is a Griswold #8?

This is a Griswold size #8 and it measures about 10.5 inches in diameter. This example is from the large block logo era, and judging from the smooth bottom with no heat ring, it was probably produced sometime in the 1930s.
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What year did Wagner buy Griswold?

Under the new management of the Randall Company, Wagner purchased Griswold Manufacturing Company in 1957. In 1959, Textron, Inc. bought the Randall Company, which included both the Wagner and Griswold divisions.
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Do they still make Wagner cast iron?

Wagner was active between 1891 and 1952, and at one time dominated the cookware market, selling in Europe and the US. The purchasers of the company in 1952 continued the brand, and Wagner products are still manufactured today.
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What is the largest Lodge cast iron skillet?

At 18 feet from handle to handle, and 14,360 pounds, Lodge says he's the "world's largest cast iron skillet." I want to cook the world's largest steak in him.
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Why are old cast iron pans better?

However, according to many people who love cast iron, vintage pans are far superior to modern ones (vintage, in this case, being defined as any pan made pre-1950). Many cast-iron aficionados swear that older is definitely better—better as in more durable, conducts heat more evenly, and withstands arduous conditions.
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What you should not cook in cast iron?

4 Things You Should Never Cook in Cast Iron:
  • Smelly foods. Garlic, peppers, some fish, stinky cheeses and more tend to leave aromatic memories with your pan that will turn up in the next couple of things you cook in it. ...
  • Eggs and other sticky things (for a while) ...
  • Delicate fish. ...
  • Acidic things—maybe.
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Should you Polish cast iron?

Why did they stop polishing cast iron? According to some manufacturers, the modern rough surface cast iron pots and pans helps the seasoning oils to adhere better than a smooth finish would. Smooth cast iron does not sell well commercially compared to rough iron.
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