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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.

    2. I think maybe you want http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/

      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: 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!