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 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. 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 background


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 hollowware
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?

The Favorite Piqua Ware vintage cast iron is often in great shape and still usable even on modern stoves, including induction.

So who made Favorite Piqua Ware? Favorite Piqua was manufactured by the Favorite Stove & Range Co.

Favorite Stove and Range Co, like Wagner Manufacturing Company, had a wide range of cast iron products that a highly prized by collectors and cast iron enthusiasts. 

Do you have a Favorite Piqua Ware skillet or Scotch bowl?

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. And they 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 are also a lot of fun to use.

I think it’s kinda neat that you can cook in an old pan that someone used in the 19th century on their coal range. You can also use your 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?

Many variables can affect the price of vintage iron. Such variables include:

  • casting flaws
  • hairline cracks 
  • the smoothness of the cooking surface
  • size
  • movement on a flat surface

Favorite Piqua Ware is great ironware without the Griswold 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 light.

You do not need a Griswold or a Wagner to have a great vintage pan.

Boonie Hicks

Finding a bargain

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, are some of my favorites.

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 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, the dates between 1916-1935 stand 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 was 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. did not 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 wide 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, 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 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 Great Western Stove Works.
And underwent 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 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 massive 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 passed on. And the son of Willian Stanhope Boal took over his father’s interests.

It was Stanhope Boal who ramps up cast iron hollow ware production.

The fall of Favorite Stove and Range


Labor Strikes

In 1919 a labor strike hit the firm. During this strike, workers demanded an extra 25 percent increase in wages.
The strikes lasted for eleven days.

Management turnover

Stanhope Boal remained president until 1923.

For 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 dies.


Favorite Stove & Range Co. liquidates


In 1935 the company liquidated. 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 Favorite Manufacturing Company.

However, the company operated on a much smaller scale.

They produced coal and wood ranges, gas cooking stoves, and hollowware. But molding was outsourced to the 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, and Puritan cast iron using logos.

Favorite Stove and Range used eight logos for its cookware range. And made between 1916-1935 seems to be the general consensus among collectors. Did they make cookware before this date? Yes, there are republished catalogs to indicate hollowware being produced before this date. Most likely, it was early cookware 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 did as well.

It’s also impossible to give an accurate date of manufactured cast iron by looking at the logos. And what logos are older. But if we look at the style and font used on the cookware, we can estimate what logos are older. But without evidence, collectors usually date all of Favorite Piqua Ware between 1916-1935.

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

This is 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 before 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.

I love the best to 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. This is 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 these little fellas with sulfur pitting on the base.

Sunrise with Favorite Piqua Ware

I’ve only seen this logo on waffle irons.

The Piqua Ware Sunrise logo looks fantastic. 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 has the words WE GUARANTEE. And the lower banner has 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.

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, and the F and E FAVORITE is 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 find this logo on a #3 skillet. Circa 1916-1934.

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 that resembles a smile. 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.

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 and 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 finely cast iron hollowware without the cost. But don’t be fooled into thinking Miami ironware is substandard. The ironware is just as well made as other Favorite Stove and Range lines.

This logo has both the smiley and the Miami logo. The Maimi logo is in the center, while the smiley logo is in the 12 o’clock location.

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

The Puritan logo was an in-store private label made for Sears Roebuck. The store is commonly known as the “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.

Favorite Piqua Ware

Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron tends to have smooth cooking surfaces like other manufacturers of the time. However, a Favorite Piqua Ware skillet is likely cheaper than a Wagner or Griswold skillet

Furthermore, the skillets are fantastic 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 more choices to find a skillet that suits your needs.

Look for Favorite Piqua Ware ironware if you want a skillet at a reasonable price. These pieces are or nearing one hundred years old, and they cook just as well today as they did all those years ago. And this is the reason Favorite Piqua Ware makes my top vintage cast iron skillet list. Click the link to learn about the other foundries on the list.

Happy cast iron hunting.

51 COMMENTS

  1. I was at an antique store and came across a #3 cast iron skillet. It had a Favorite logo at 12:00 without the Piqua or Ware; the large 3 was at 6:00. It was in very good condition. Not seeing any mention of that logo in any Favorite Ware documentation I was concerned it was a fake or reproduction. Have you ever heard of this skillet?

    • Hi Kevin

      Thanks for getting in touch. It sounds like you’re familiar with Favorite Stove and Range cookware, and the skillet in question would also leave me scratching my head. Even the toy skillets are marked “Favorite Piqua”.

      If the skillet is marked THE FAVORITE, then I can refer you to The Columbus Hollow Ware Company. Otherwise you might want to get in touch with the cast iron Facebook groups. One of the knowledgeable enthusiasts in the groups might be able to identify the skillet.

      Cheers Kev.

  2. I just picked up a #5 and #7 Favorite Piqua Ware smiley logo. They have never been used or seasoned. I have never seen one not seasoned. The cooking surface sparkles like a diamond. Should I leave as is, or should I season and use.I have plenty of other users.

    • Hi Keith

      It’s great to hear of your existing find.

      I’ve also never seen an unseasoned Piqua Ware. I imagine there aren’t too many around, well done.

      You can jump on the Facebook groups to get other opinions, but I’d be inclined to keep them unseasoned and proudly put them on display. I’d use a little natural beeswax as polish, to ensure the cooking remains pristine.

      Cheers Keith,

      • Thanks for your reply.I agree and am leaning to leaving them as is. All my cast iron pans are hanging on the walls of the kitchen, and these would be a nice addition and conversation pieces.

      • Oh I also saw your video on tawashi brush and found them on Amazon. I will be getting some, thanks.đź‘Ťđź‘Ťđź‘Ť Keep up the great videos.

        • Thanks Keith the encouragement is most appreciated. Hoping to add some videos in the near future, with an emphasis on 19th century dishes. It should be a lot of fun.

  3. I am definitely an amateur when it comes to cast iron. All I know to do is clean old pans in the self clean oven and season them. Fine with any old pan but not my grandmother’s Favorite Piqua Ware Best To Cook In pan. She died in 1948 and it hasn’t been used since. It is almost impossible to read Favorite. There is something built up all around the outer part of the bottom of the pan. I don’t know if this is built up gunk or maybe a chemical reaction if she cooked on a wood fire. My concern is could I ruin this pan if I put it through the self clean cycle, or should I just leave all my grandmother’s gunk alone. Thanks so much.

    • Hi K

      Thanks for getting in touch, and I completely understand you want to look after your grandmothers skillet.

      You’re right in being a little concerned about the self cleaning method for such a treasured heirloom. And many professional restorers advise not to do this method as the extreme heat may warp the pan. It’s not unusual to see a skillet of this age with a lot of build up, and or sulphur pitting on the base.

      The safest methods of restoration are put the skillet in either a lye or electrolysis tank. As I live in a small apartment in Japan that’s beyond my level of skill. And if you’re in the same boat you might want to consider someone that specializes in cast iron restoration to take care of your skillet. These people often restore ironware in their free time or as a side gig. Type in your city name and cast iron restoration on google to potentially find someone in your area. It’s going to cost more than doing it yourself but in this case it could be worth it.

      There’s a guy on Facebook that lives in Illinois that you might want to contact if you’re willing to ship your skillet. He goes under the name Black Iron Medic, And you can see his work too.

      Thanks for your contact, hope this helps.

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