Learn about Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami, and Puritan antique cast iron
Do you have a piece of antique cast iron with the brand name Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami, or Puritan? This cast iron hollowware was made by a foundry called Favorite Stove and Range. In this article you can learn the fascinating history of the Favorite Stove & Range Co., and how to date and identify your treasured antique cast iron using logos and markings on your cookware.
This article will cover:
- Who made Favorite Piqua Ware?
- Variables which may affect the value and collectability
- Is Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron any good?
- The History of Favorite Stove and Range and the company’s predecessors
- How to date and identify Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami and Puritan logos
- Final thoughts
Favorite Stove and Range Co. (successor to W.C. Davis & Co.,)
Willian King Boal
The foundry produced ironware between 1889-1935.
However, the company ramped up and focused on hollow ware
The foundry was located in Piqua, Miami County, Ohio
The favorite Stove and Range Co. manufactured a full line of
This included: skillets, griddles, Dutch Ovens, kettles, Scotch bowls,
gem pans and waffle irons
The company had serval lines of branded cookware which included Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami, Puritan (for Sears Roebuck)
Who made Favorite Piqua Ware?
Favorite Piqua Ware vintage cast iron is often in great shape and still very usable even on modern stoves including induction.
So “who made Favorite Piqua Ware?” Favorite Piqua Ware was in-fact the product name for cast iron cookware manufactured by a company name Favorite Stove & Range Co. Favorite Stove and Range Co like Wagner Manufacturing Company had a full range of cast iron products that a highly prized by collectors and cast iron enthusiasts.
You can learn about the history of the company, and the logos they used later in the article.
Do you have a Favorite Piqua Ware skillet or Scotch bowl? Don’t hide them away in the bottom shelf, they are fantastic to cook with.
If you have a piece or two of antique cast iron? Well, these old pieces are still great cookware. And I have seen many Favorite Piqua Ware skillets with super smooth cooking surfaces that are equal to Wagner and Griswold skillets.
So, there’s no need to tuck Grandma’s skillet away in the bottom cupboard. Use these old timers as your go-to pan and they’re also a lot of fun to use.
I think it’s kinda neat that you can cook in an old pan which someone used the 19th century on their coal-range. You can also use you vintage cast iron cookware on modern stoves but I recommend preheating your pans first to prevent warping.
What factors affect the price of antique cast-iron?
There are many variables that can affect the price of vintage iron. Such variables include:
- casting flaws
- hairline cracks
- smoothness of the cooking surface including pitting and utensil marks
- movement on a flat surface
Favorite Piqua Ware is great cast iron without the price tag
Putting these variables aside, if you are looking for vintage cast iron Favorite Piqua Ware is a good option. Piqua Ware is often less costly than the big two names in vintage or antique cast iron. The two being Griswold and Wagner.
So you may find a great Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron skillet or Scotch bowl for a lower price especially if you find a larger size.
Favorite Piqua Ware, is it any good?
If Favorite Stove and Range cast iron is cheaper than Griswold and Wagner, then a question to ask is “Favorite Piqua Ware any good?”
“Favorite Piqua Ware tends to be incredibly smooth and very light”
“You don’t need a Griswold or a Wagner to have a great vintage pan.”Boonie Hicks
Finding a bargin
If you look on eBay you’ll find many Favorite Pique Ware skillets in great shape. You won’t have to search for long to find one in great condition. Favorite Piqua Ware, Sidney Hollow Ware, which is one of my favorites and Wapak often go under the radar with those new to cast iron collecting.
Often there are many listings to choose from and new listings are regular. However, many cast iron enthusiasts enjoy finding hidden gems at antique stores and garage sales. You could attend cast iron auctions and meet others cast iron enthusiasts.
The History of the Favorite Stove and Range Co.
|Where was Favorite Piqua Ware manufactured?|
Favorite Stove and Range Co made Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron.
They manufactured a wide range of cast iron products including cast iron stoves. Their foundry was located in Piqua Miami County in Ohio
|When was Piqua Ware manufactured?|
Probably somewhere between 1916-1935.
Hollowware may have been manufactured before this date.
However, 1916-1935 stands out in a possible strategy change towards hollowware or when hollowware was first manufactured in the Favorite Stove & Range Piqua Ohio foundry.
|The foundations of the Favorite Stove and Range Co. started in 1848|
Before the first Favorite Piqua Ware skillet came off the line in their Ohio foundry.
A different company called W C. Davis and Co established in Cincinnati in 1848. W. C Davis &. Co. founded by William
The predecessor to the Favorite Stove & Range Co. The W.C. Davis & Co.,
|W.C. Davis & Co|
W.C. Davis and Co. and Anchor Iron Works
The company focused on the manufacture of ironware.
They also had interests in another foundry called
Anchor Iron Works, located in Cincinnati.
Like many foundries, W.C. Davis & Co. didn’t focus on any one
product. Instead, they manufactured a wide range of metalware.
W.C. Davis and Co. and Anchor Iron Works together
manufactured a large range of metalware. W.C. Davis manufactured metal coffins called the Fisk’s Metallic Burial Case under license.
|W.C. Davis Hollowware|
Look for W.C. Davis Co., made cast iron
Although you can still find W.C. Davis cast iron, it is much harder
to find. If you have a piece of cast iron made by the company, then you have a real piece of history.
However, W.C. Davis & Co. cast iron can still be found occasionally for sale.
Pots and skillets may have a distinctive single pouring spout instead of the double pouring spouts which are standard today. And keep an eye out for kettles that occasionally come up for sale.
Renamed to Great Western Stove works
The W.C. Davis & Co was renamed to Great Western Stove Works
which included a series of ongoing restructuring efforts.
Davis also sold his interest in Anchor Iron Works to
Chamberlain & Co. Iron and the casket business to Martin Hale Crane and J.R. Barnes in 1853.
The Great Western Stove Works to Favorite Stove Works
Willian Boal takes control
After the retirement of Willian Davis in 1880, a partner named Willian Boal who had a controlling financial interest renames the company from Great Western Stove Works to Favorite Stove Works.
The rise of the Favorite Stove & Range Co
The move from Cincinnati to Piqua
Boal moved from Cincinnati to Piqua and formed the
Favorite Stove and Range Company on the 1st of July, 1888.
By 1889 the foundry become operational and began
The growth of Favorite Stove & Range Co.
The Favorite Stove & Range Co. became the largest manufacturer in Piqua.
The city also became affectionately known as the
Even by today’s standard, the company’s foundry was on a huge scale. The foundry was located on ten acres of land.
It also employed 550 to 600 people when the foundry became established.
Favorite Stove and Range had such an impact on
the area, that several other companies adopted “Favorite” in their company name.
New leadership and expansion of manufacturing hollowware
In 1916 Willian King Boal dies and Willian Stanhope Boal, William’s son took over his fathers interests.
It was Stanhope Boal who ramps up cast iron hollow ware production.
The fall of Favorite Stove and Range
In 1919 a labour strike hit the firm. During this strike, workers demanded an extra 25 percent increase for wages
The strikes lasted for eleven days
Stanhope Boal remained president until 1923
The next five years the company had three other presidents. Willian C. Katker became the final president for Favorite Stove & Range Co. in 1928
The Great Depression
Sales declined in the 1930s because of the Great Depression
Unfortunately, Favorite Stove & Range were not alone and most foundries during this time struggled
The passing of Willian Stanhope Boal
On December 17th 1933 Willian S. Boal who was so instrumental in the success in the company dies
Favorite Stove & Range Co. liquidates
1935 the company liquidates, and patents, trademarks and tools were sold to Foster Stove Company of Ironton, Ohio
And Chicago Hardware Foundry bought the patterns and machinery
Post WW2 and the drop in demand
After restructuring, Katker renamed the company to the Favorite Manufacturing Company.
However, the company operated on a much smaller scale.
They produced coal and wood ranges, gas cooking stoves and hollowware although molding was outsourced to Champion Foundry Company also located in Piqua
In 1958 the company stopped operation due to the post WW2 decline in demand
Learn how to date and identify Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami, Puritan cast iron using logos
Favorite Stove and Range used eight logos for their hollowware range between 1916-1935 seems to be the general consensus. Did they make hollow ware before this date? Yes, there are online catalogs to indicate hollow-ware was produced such as Scotch bowls, and caldrons.
We know W.C. Davis & Co. produced skillets so it is not unreasonable to think Favorite Stove and Range do as well.
It’s also difficult to give an accurate date of manufactured cast iron by looking at the logos. However, we can look to other manufacturers at the time and look at their logos estimate of which Favorite Piqua Ware logos were most likely the earliest and which were the latest, towards the end of production.
Table: Identify and date your Favorite Stove & Range cast-iron
Block Favorite Piqua Ware
Favorite Piqua Ware the best to cook in
Favorite Piqua Ware smile
Stylized Favorite Piqua Ware in block writing
Sunrise logo, Favorite Piqua Ware, Favorite Stoves and Ranges
Favorite = Piqua Ware
Vertical diamond Miami
Favorite Piqua Ware smiley with vertical diamond Miami
Puritan logo (private label for Sears Roebuck)
Favorite Piqua Ware Block logo
Considered one of the older logos, the Favorite Piqua Ware block logo is simple but has plenty of charm.
The word “Favorite” is slightly arched and placed near the top of the skillet and Piqua Ware is stamped straight underneath. The lettering in this logo is capitalized in block form.
Favorite Piqua Ware Best To Cook In Block Logo
I love the “best o cook in” logo. It must have been pretty good marketing for the time.
Similar to the block logo. The word favorite is arced at the top of the skillet similar to an early Lodge or Wagner skillet. Piqua Ware is written under the word Favorite and is embossed straight. Finally “The best to cook in” is written beneath. The lettering again is in block form and in the same size font.
Sunrise with Favorite Piqua Ware
I’ve only seen this logo on waffle irons.
The Piqua Ware Sunrise logo looks amazing. A circular logo in the center containing Favorite Stove and Ranges with the Sun rising and sunshine rays. Surrounding the logo are two banners. The upper banner contains the words “WE GUARANTEE” and the lower banner contains the words “BEST IN THE WORLD.” The circumference has familiar wording of “FAVORITE-PIQUA-WARE.”
Favorite equals Piqua Ware logo
I’ve only seen this logo a few times on waffle irons. Favorite equals Piqua Ware logo is not an official name for the logo. I haven’t found any information about this logo to name it differently. The logo lettering is arced with FAVORITE=PIQUA WARE written in upper case and in the same sized font.
Stylized Favorite Piqua Ware in block writing
This Favorite Piqua Ware logo is more stylized than the previously mentioned logos. Again Favorite is arced however the “F” and “E” FAVORITE are in a larger font. Piqua Ware is written in a smaller font than favorite. Lettering is all written in upper case.
Favorite Piqua Ware smiley logo
Do you have a soft spot for the smiley logo? I sure do. Although it’s very similar to the stylized logo the lettering is thinner. Underneath is ever so friendly embellishing which resembles a smile. This may have been a very popular logo and it’s not uncommon to find a Favorite Piqua Ware with this logo.
Vertical Diamond Miami logo
This logo was made by Favorite Stove & Range however, sometimes it’s referred to as Miami cast iron. The diamond is vertical with the word MIAMI written in the center, Although the lettering is capitalized the font size varies to contain the wording within the logo.
Favorite Piqua Ware smiley logo and vertical diamond logo
This logo has both the smiley and the Miami logo. The Maimi logo is in the center while the smiley logo is in the regular position of 12 o’clock.
Puritan logo private Sears Roebuck logo
The Puritan logo was an in-store private label skillet which was made for Sears Roebuck and company which is commonly known as “Sears” department store.
Looking for a great piece of cast iron cookware then a Piqua Ware skillet could be just what you’re looking for
Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron tends to have smooth cooking surfaces like many of the manufactures at the time. However, a Favorite Piqua Ware skillet is likely cheaper than a Wagner or Griswold skillet.
Furthermore, a Favorite Piqua Ware skillet is great to cook with. There are some great bargains at a garage, Estate sales and auctions. Online stores are also a great option. Although you tend to pay internet prices you also have a wider choice to find a skillet that suits your needs.
Favorite Piqua Ware is fantastic vintage iron if you find a nice piece at a reasonable price I think it will do you do proud for many years after all these pieces are or nearing one hundred years old and they cook just as well today as they did all those years ago.
Happy cast iron hunting.