Dating griswold cast iron skillet
In March 1957, Mc Graw-Edison of Chicago, Illinois, acquired Griswold Manufacturing.
Later that year the Griswold brand and housewares division were sold to the Wagner Manufacturing Company of Sidney, Ohio.
As with other types of antiques, both the age and the condition of a Griswold skillet play a big role in its value.
Check the bottom of the skillet for the image of a spider whose body is comprised of a skillet. The edge of the skillet shows the word "Erie" in large letters, while the center contains a logo comprised of a spider in a web.
The first aluminum cookware was a tea kettle made around 1893.
In 1903 the company moved to new premises at 12th and Raspberry Streets.
Hopefully this guide will help you to become a little more educated when selecting Griswold pans.
I typically recommend a #8, #9, or #10 pan for a first-time purchaser.
Some collectors are very specific about the type of handle they want.
Historians and collectors note these modifications and use them to "date" these pieces, to gives more accurate estimates of their age and approximate date of manufacture.
After a fire destroyed the foundry in 1885 a reorganization took place and the company was renamed to Griswold Manufacturing Co. was sold twice resulting in Griswold's main competitor, Wagner Manufacturing, taking ownership of the name and trademarks.
The plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, was closed in December 1957.
Randall Corporation, the owner of Wagner since 1952, sold both companies to Textron in 1959.