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Old 02-20-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Very old cast iron skillet - Manufacturer?

I have a 100 year or so old cast iron skillet. It has a 12 cast on the helper handle, but no other markings. Can anyone help me identify the manufacturer?


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Old 02-20-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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Probably an impossible task, without any sort of name or logo.

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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The 12 may mean it's 12 inches in diameter...It may not. Without other markings my guess would be it would almost be impossible to identify the manufacturer with any degree of certainty....You may think about the history of the piece...that may offer some clues to follow up on....

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Old 02-25-2009, 03:11 AM   #4
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Are there any markings on the bottom?
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:33 AM   #5
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If the bottom of the skillet has a build up on it, it might be possible to remove it with a wire brush. We bought an old skillet from a yard sale that had a heavy build up on the bottom. There was apparently no mark on it.
After cleaning it up, we found it was made by Wagner Ware. Just a thought.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:25 PM   #6
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Can you post a pic? The most popular cast iron pan of that time was Griswold if that helps.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:12 AM   #7
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I've restored a number of old skillets I find at flea markets and such. Get the Easy Off oven cleaner with lye, I only found it at a hardware store. Slather it on heavy, all surfaces, wearing goggles and rubber gloves, do it outside. Then stick it in a garbage bag, and tie it shut. let it soak for 3 or 4 days. Scrub it clean with soap and water with a brass brush used for whitewall tires. Put the pan in a hot oven right away, to dry it completely, or it will flash rust right away. The pan should be virgin gray iron, and you can season it. I'll pass on a foolproof initial seasoning technique if you'd like.

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