Favorite Piqua Ware: Favorite Stove and Range Co. vintage cast iron.

My No9 Favorite Piqua Ware skillet on a induction heater.

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:

  1. Who made Favorite Piqua Ware?
  2. Variables which may affect the value and collectability
  3. Is Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron any good?
  4. The History of Favorite Stove and Range and the company’s predecessors
  5. How to date and identify Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami and Puritan logos
  6. Final thoughts

Company

Favorite Stove and Range Co. (successor to W.C. Davis & Co.,)

Founder

Willian King Boal

Operational dates

The foundry produced ironware between 1889-1935.

However, the company ramped up and focused on hollow ware
between 1916-1935

Located

The foundry was located in Piqua, Miami County, Ohio

Cookware line


The favorite Stove and Range Co. manufactured a full line of
hollowware.

This included: skillets, griddles, Dutch Ovens, kettles, Scotch bowls,
gem pans and waffle irons

Cookware Brands

The company had serval lines of branded cookware which included Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami, Puritan (for Sears Roebuck)
Favorite Stove and Range custom graphic
The chef is pointing out the foundry buildings at the Favorite Stove and Range Company. You will also notice the three brand names the company used: Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami and Puritan.

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.

Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron skillet on a table

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
  • size
  • 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.

Favorite Piqua Ware skillet with smiley logo made by Favorite Stove and Range.

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
C Davis.

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

Restructuring

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.
W.C. Davis Co. Cast iron examples
Three examples of antique cast iron manufactured by the W.C. Davis Company. Circa: 1848-1865

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
production

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
“Favorite City.”

Scaling

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


Labour Strikes

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

Management turnover

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

Production stops


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

Circa: 1916-1934

Favorite Piqua Ware the best to cook in

Made between
1916-1935

Favorite Piqua Ware smile

Manufactured from
1916-1934

Stylized Favorite Piqua Ware in block writing

Circa:1916-1934

Sunrise logo, Favorite Piqua Ware, Favorite Stoves and Ranges

Made around
1916-1935

Favorite = Piqua Ware

Manufactured around
1916-1935

Vertical diamond Miami

Circa 1916-1935

Favorite Piqua Ware smiley with vertical diamond Miami

Made between
1916-1935

Puritan logo (private label for Sears Roebuck)

Made from
1916-1934

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 Block Logo
Did Favorite Stove and Range make hollowware prior to 1916? Many cast-iron enthusiasts date this logo Circa 1916 to 1935, including myself. However, the company probably made cookware before this date. And I place my bets they used this logo.

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.

Favorite Piqua Ware Best to cook in cast iron skillet
A great looking logo, with an old world charm. This skillet is in great shape. I often see theses little fellas with a little sulphur pitting on the base. But when the logo is clean, boy do this skillets look great.

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 Stone and Range cast iron waffle irons
These two Favorite Piqua Ware waffle irons have the sunrise logo. And I think they look pretty nifty.

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.

Cast iron Favorite Piqua Ware waffle maker
Waffle iron with the logo Favorite = Piqua Ware. I have only seen a few examples of this waffle iron come up for sale. However, she looks like a real beauty and I bet plenty of tasty waffles are still made using these irons. Circa 1916-1935.

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 logo identification
Classic Favorite Piqua Ware logo. You’ll likely to find this logo on a #3 skillet. Circa 1916-1934

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.

Favorite Favorite Piqua Ware Smiley logo identification
What’s not to like about the Favorite Piqua Ware Smiley logo. It’s really popular with cast iron collectors and enthusiasts.

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.

Miami cast iron skillet
The Miami brand was a budget friendly option for those wanting a finely cast iron hollowware without the cost. But don’t be fooled in thinking Miami cast iron is substandard, the ironware is just as well made as other Favorite Stove and Range lines.

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.

How to identify and date Miami cast
Miami cast iron with Smiley Logo. Circa 1916-1935.

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.

How to date and identify Puritan cast iron
This Puritan skillet was made for Sears in the Favorite Stove & Range foundry. Circa 1916-1934

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.

12 COMMENTS

  1. I have my mom’s Favorite Piqua Ware #8 skillet in really good condition. Very seasoned with lots of carbon on the bottom and outside. Inside is fabulous, smooth with no cracks. What would be the best way to remove the carbon buildup to restore this beauty? Or do I even want to? Love your site, by the way. My son got interested in Wagner and Griswold that someone gave him and we found your site.

    • Hi Ben

      Thanks for getting in contact and I really appreciate your kind words.

      I’m sure your mum is very happy that you want to restore her old skillet. It sounds like your family heirloom may benefit from removing the years of build up and applying a fresh layer of seasoning. The two preferred methods for removing carbon build up by enthusiasts are: setting up an electrolysis or lye tank.

      However, for one skillet there are two common methods. One uses oven cleaner with the active ingredient being lye and the other is setting your oven on self cleaning mode. There are some very good YouTube videos on both methods. I prefer the second method, if that’s an option. But make sure it’s a nice fine day so you can open all the windows. Also try to get as much gunk off as you can to reduce smoke.

      If you’re using the oven cleaning method there are some precautions to take such as using vinegar and water to neutralize the caustic soda so please watch the videos to the end.

      It’s brilliant another generation is interesting in protecting these old treasures.

      Once again thanks for your question and good luck with your restoration project.

  2. Hey Sir

    Good article! I had one piece of Piqua Ware, a real nice #8 I found in an old stove when I was working at a junkyard. It had the best finish on cast-iron I have ever seen! I mean it was like glass and light.

    • Hi Ron

      Thanks for sharing your lucky find.

      Finding an old Piqua Ware was one lucky day. I’m guessing you had a big smile when you found that little beauty.
      I really appreciate your feed back on the article, you’ve made my day.

    • Hi, Kevin thanks for the message.

      There could be several reasons for this but if I was to guess without seeing your cast iron. I’d say your cookware is or was one plated with chrome or nickel. Favorite Stove and Range did plate some of their cast iron. Because of the age of these pans, plating is often worn off. However, there is a noticeable color difference between plated and bare cast iron. Sometimes plated cast iron appears bronze or copper.

      Both chromium and nickel are used in modern stainless steel cookware today which helps rust prevention and to make the cookware nonreactive to acidic foods.

  3. Regarding the #9 Dutch oven by Favorite Piqua Ware. Is that size rare or did they not make very many? I have searched and searched and have not yet found one. With my shape,brand ,or size.

    • Hi Robin,

      The Favorite Stove and Range Company were pretty big players. They manufactured a wide range of cast iron hollowware including Dutch ovens. I guess your oven has a smiley logo on it.

      Piqua Ware Dutch ovens are around but you’re more likely to come across Griswold and Wanger ovens. I often see number #8 and #9 for sale and occasionally they are sold with a trivet. The company also made enameled versions.

      I’ve seen two different versions of the cover. One domed while the other looks similar to the dome but flatter and grooved. The latter design is more scarce. However, both styles of lids I know of are rounded.

      If this doesn’t sound like your oven, you’re welcome to in send a picture and I’ll have a look over it.

      Cheers for the message Robin

    • Hi Robin

      Feel free to send over a picture or two. If you’re on mobile just, type contact in the search bar. It should bring up the contact page.

  4. I have a Favorite Piqua Ware #9 cast iron Dutch oven with handle and lid in very good condition. How do I find out how old it is and what it’s worth if I sell it? It has a flat lid and has a flat bottom.

    • Hi there Robin

      Thanks for getting in contact.

      I’d have a look on eBay to see the current asking prices. The sold listings on eBay is a good way to find out what people willing to pay. You can also compare the condition of your Dutch oven with other Piqua Ware Dutch ovens and to see if it has the correct lid.

      Just keep in mind online asking prices are often higher than other selling methods. I’d say you’re looking at Circa 1916-1935.

      Hope this helps with your decision

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