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Dec 18, 2010 03:31 PM
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How old is my cast iron skillet?

Got this 10 inch skillet at an antique store in Leavenworth, KS about 5 years ago. It was pretty rusty when I got it, but it has cleaned up nicely, although I'm still working on it. I've been dying to figure out how old it is, but lack of identifying marks makes it pretty hard to identify the manufacturer. There is only a number "8" on the handle. Pictures:

 
 
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    1. re: FScarrie

      It looks to be a Griswold but I cannot discern if you have any lettering on the bottom. If you have block lettering or a large cross in the center it is from the 1940s and it can w be worth up to $80.00.

      Even if it is not collectible it is a very good pan that will serve you very well.

      1. I dont think that you will be able to determine the age of your cast iron pan if the only mark is the 8 on the handle. The 8 on the handle I think is like a model number the 8 i think is 10.5" pan. Still a nice pan. hope this was helpful...

        1. Unmarked pans can be very hard to identify. The "8" is just the size. The experts on this stuff are at the Wagner & Griswold collectors' society:

          http://www.wag-society.org/

          1. Hi FSCarrie,
            I have this exact skillet inherited from Topeka, KS and am also wondering how old it is and what type. It's a great skillet and mine has been well taken care of. There are no makings on the back; the only marking is the 8 that looks hand carved/chiseled. I would be curious to learn what you found out about it. Thanks for any info!

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            1. re: anniek00

              DId you guys ever figure this one out? I have a similar pan too, also from East/Southeast Kansas area.

              1. re: jakebnhm

                I never found out anything substantial. Just that it was probably a department store brand like Sears. I don't care much about whether it was a high end brand (and I knew it wasn't but it really is the smoothest, well-cared-for pan I've ever seen). I was really just curious about the age, and I never found anything on that. I am assuming at least 50 years old but I can't verify. Good luck!

                1. re: anniek00

                  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Unmarked-Earl...

                  There is one on Ebay that says its circa 1910-1920's I have the same skillet and was looking for an answer also!

                2. re: jakebnhm

                  I never found out anything substantial. Just that it was probably a department store brand like Sears. I don't care much about whether it was a high end brand (and I knew it wasn't but it really is the smoothest, well-cared-for pan I've ever seen). I was really just curious about the age, and I never found anything on that. I am assuming at least 50 years old but I can't verify. Good luck!

                  1. re: anniek00

                    I do know ...that doesn't have (example MADE IN USA) on the bottom of it was made before 1960. If it has a no. on it like 8 or 7 that is the size stove top it would fit.. before 1960. If it is a light weight cast iron... then it will be a Wagner or Griswold. A Lodge has been around over 100 years in the USA but it is heavier than Wagner or a Griswold. The Lodge will have a indention of a short small line at 12- 3-6- 9 clock wise.. on the bottom of the pot/skillet which yours doesn't show in the picture. So i would say it is NOT a Lodge . Now to figure if it is a Wagner or Griswold. This is the way to tell is by the handle... Griswold: Angled handle (comes to a point) and Italic font for size ....8..... Where a Wagner:INCH and description "SKILLET" is spelled out completely Typewriter style font. So I am not expert just love cast iron . I would say you have your self a Griswold.. because of the angled handle and the 8 is in the looks of the Italic font for size and it doesn't say MADE IN USA .. so that is before 1960. Looks like to ME... a Griswold . made before 1960...but ...
                    Good Luck.. in finding out anything more.

                    1. re: Betty_Boop

                      The key is the heat ring located on the very outer rim,(1890's) or later set in a 1/4 " from the edge. Later, 1930 and beyond, some were made without a heat ring.

                      The earliest said "ERIE" and had the heat ring right on the very edge-they were also the lightest ones.

                      By the time the pans said "Griswold" the heat ring was moved in about 1/4 inch from the edge and the pans got heavier. But it always said Griswold and Erie. Later the Griswold insignia got smaller. There were other variations

                      Since this pan has no heat ring it was made after 1930 and is probably a copy, as that was common and it doesn't say Griswold in the center.