Guide To Favorite Piqua Ware: Favorite Stove And Range Co.

My No9 Favorite Piqua Ware skillet on a induction heater.

Do you have a piece of antique cast iron named Favorite Piqua Ware? This vintage cast iron hollowware is from a foundry called Favorite Stove and Range, and it’s one of the most beloved brands for collectors and users of vintage cast iron cookware. 

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

Learn About Your Favorite Piqua Ware.

Company Background


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


Willian King Boal

Operational Dates

The foundry produced ironware between 1889-1935.
However, the company ramped up and focused on hollowware
between 1916-1935.


The foundry produced cast iron products in Piqua, Miami County, Ohio.

Cookware Line

The favorite Stove and Range Co. manufactured a full line of
hollowware. These products included skillets, griddles, Dutch Ovens, kettles, Scotch bowls, gem pans, and waffle irons.

Cookware Brands

The company had several branded cookware lines, including Favorite Piqua Ware, Miami, and 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 Stove & Range Co. made cast iron cookware under the Favorite Piqua Ware.

Like Wagner Manufacturing Company, Favorite Stove and Range Co has a wide range of cast iron products that collectors and enthusiasts highly prize. 

Do You Have A Favorite Piqua Ware Skillet Or Scotch Bowl?

Do 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’sGrandma’s skillet away in the bottom cupboard. Use these old-timers as your go-to pan; they are also a lot of fun.

I think it’s rather 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 Piqua Ware 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

Choose Favorite Piqua Ware Cookware For Griswold Quality Without The Griswold Price Tag.

Putting these variables aside, Favorite Piqua Ware is a good option if you are looking for vintage cast iron. Piqua Ware is often less costly than the big two names in vintage or antique cast iron. The two are 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. 

Is Your Favorite Piqua Ware Any Good?

If Favorite Stove and Range cast iron is cheaper than Griswold and Wagner. Then, I have a question: Is Favorite Piqua Ware any good?



Boonie Hicks

Finding A Bargain

You’ll find many Favorite Pique Ware skillets in great shape on eBay. You won’t have to search for one in excellent condition for long. Many of these skillets have smooth cooking surfaces and are much lighter than modern pans. Favorite Piqua Ware and 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 various cast iron products, including cast iron stoves.
Their foundry made products in Piqua, Miami County, Ohio.

When Was Piqua Ware Manufactured?

Probably somewhere between 1916-1935.

Hollowware may be older than this date. However, between 1916 and 1935, the dates stand out as possible company strategy changes and a focus towards hollowware

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. started making iron products in Cincinnati in 1848. W. William C Davis founded C Davis &. Co.

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 had connections in another foundry called Anchor Iron Works in Cincinnati.

Like many foundries, W.C. Davis & Co. did not focus on one product. 
Instead, they manufactured a wide range of metalware.

W.C. Davis and Co. and Anchor Iron Works 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 more challenging than Piqua Ware.
If you have a piece of cast iron made by the company, you have a real piece of history.

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


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 and renamed 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 July 1st, 1888. 

By 1889, the foundry had become operational and began 

Favorite Stove & Range Co. Growth Phase.

The Favorite Stove & Range Co. became the largest manufacturer in Piqua.
The city also became affectionately known as the Favorite City.


Even by today’s standards, the company’s foundry was massive.
The foundry buildings spread over 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.
Several other local companies adopted Favorite in their company name.

New Leadership And Expansion Of Manufacturing Hollowware

In 1916, Willian King Boal passed on. The son of Willian Stanhope Boal took over his father’s interests. 

It was Stanhope Boal who ramped up cast iron hollowware production
Cast iron stove made by Favorite Stove and Range.
Photo donated by Mona Rutger of Ohio. The detailing on this parlor stove is simply stunning. Mona, we love your stove. Thanks for sharing.

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 of Favorite Stove & Range Co. in 1928.

The Great Depression

Sales declined in the 1930s because of the Great Depression.
Unfortunately, Favorite Stove & Range was not alone, and most foundries struggled during this time.

The Passing Of Willian Stanhope Boal

On December 17th, 1933, Willian S. Boal died.

Favorite Stove & Range Co. Liquidates

By 1935, the company collapsed, and the Foster Stove Company of Ironton, Ohio, and the Chicago Hardware Foundry bought the patterns, machinery, and trademarks between them.
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. However, the company decided to outsource molding to the Champion Foundry Company 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 WareMiami, and Puritan cast iron Using logos.

Favorite Stove and Range used eight logos for its cookware range. Made between 1916 and 1935, it seems to be the consensus among collectors. Did they make cookware before this date? Yes, republished catalogs indicate the company making hollowware before this date. Most likely, it was early cookware such as Scotch bowls and cauldrons.

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 manufacture of 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 the more aged markings. But without evidence, collectors usually date all of Favorite Piqua Ware between 1916 and 1935.

Identify And Date Your Favorite Stove And Range Cast Iron. 

Block Favorite Piqua Ware

Circa: 1916-1934

Favorite Piqua Ware The Best To Cook In

Made between

Favorite Piqua Ware Smile

Manufactured from

Stylized Favorite Piqua Ware In Block Writing


Sunrise Logo, Favorite Piqua Ware, Favorite Stoves And Ranges

Made around

Favorite = Piqua Ware

Manufactured around

Vertical Diamond Miami

Circa 1916-1935

Favorite Piqua Ware Smiley With Vertical Diamond Miami

Made between

Puritan Logo (Private Label For Sears Roebuck)

Made from

Favorite Piqua Ware Block Logo

Many collectors think this logo is older than other logos. The Favorite Piqua Ware block logo is simple but has plenty of charm.

The word Favorite is slightly arced and placed near the top of the skillet, and Piqua Ware is straight text underneath. The lettering of this logo is capitals and 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.

Favorite Piqua Ware Best To Cook In Block 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 in an arc at the top of the skillet. This design is like the early Lodge or Wagner logos. 

Piqua Ware is written under the word Favorite and is embossed straight, and the best to cook in is below. Again, the lettering is in block form, and the font is the exact size.

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 the 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. I’m unsure if other collectors use this name for the logo, as there is little to no information to name it differently. The logo lettering is in an arc with FAVORITE=PIQUA WARE written in upper case and the same font size.

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 in an arc, and the F and E FAVORITE is in a larger font. Piqua Ware is in a smaller font. The 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.

Favorite Piqua Ware Smiley Logo

Do you have a soft spot for the smiley logo? I sure do. Although it’s similar to the stylized logo, the lettering is thinner. Underneath is ever-so-friendly embellishing that resembles a smile. The good news is that this logo is not as scarce as the other logos.

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

Miami cast iron is the budget-friendly brand of 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 in capitals, 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.

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 12 o’clock location.

Click the highlighted link for an in-depth article about Miami ironware

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 made for Sears Roebuck. The store is commonly known as the “Sears” department store.

To learn about Puritan cast iron, click the highlighted link.

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 Stove And Range

Favorite Piqua Ware cast iron tends to have smooth cooking surfaces like other manufacturers. 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 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 reasonably priced skillet. These pieces are nearing one hundred years old and cook 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.


  1. Is there such a thing as a #0 Piqua Ware Skillet? I have a very small one which I believe would be considered a 0, However, The Main Question in Point is, And it is Very important to know with all my CI groups. Was there ever a 0 made that was stamped 0? You have no idea how important it is to know this info. Please send me a Pic also if you can… It is driving us all crazy!

    • Hi Robert

      Thanks for getting in touch, and it’s great to hear from another collector.

      Unfortunately, I haven’t come across a number 0 Piqua Ware. Size 1 is the smallest Piqua Ware skillet I have seen. Any mention of a size 0 skillet and I automatically think it’s an ashtray.

      For a size comparison with your skillet and a size 1, I believe the number one is approximately 4.5 inches from spout to spout.

      I hope this helps in the discussion within your cast-iron groups.


    • Hi Robert,
      Seem as though there totally IS!! I own one!! Stylized Font. I know it is legit, too, because I only found out it was a Favorite pan after all the years of antique crud started to come off on their own. Hooray for us, eh?? ENJOY!!! 🙂

  2. Hello,

    Thanks for the great info!

    I found a small cast iron skillet (4.5 inches from side to side and 6.5″ including the handle). On the back it has a semi-circle “FAVORITE” with a straight “PIQUA” below it. No WARE, number, or anything else written.

    Have you come across this item?


    • Hi Kyle

      Sounds like you have a great little skillet.

      There are collectors that specialize in these antique pieces. But I believe you have a toy skillet, as you can imagine for children to play house. But the skillet could also be a salesman sample, to show potential customers the company’s product without carrying around the weight of a regular sized skillet.

      Very cool, you have a neat old piece of cast-iron history.

      Hope this helps

  3. Boonie:
    Thanks for the great information. I have one with a smiley and vertical diamond. I bought it at scrap yard here in Maine for $5.00 3 years ago and it’s my daily pan. I make great omelets in this pan. I like it better than my Griswold.

    • Hi there Ray

      Thanks for getting in touch. You’re right, Favorite Stove and Range sure knew how to make a fine skillet. I have to agree my smiley logo pans are just as smooth as my Griswold skillets. And they are sure fun to use.

      Thanks for getting in touch, and I’m pleased you’re getting a lot of use out your old Piqua Ware.

      Happy cooking.

  4. Hi Boonie

    I just picked up a Favorite Piqua Ware No. 8 griddle. There is a faint “Miami” in a diamond underneath the Favorite smile logo.
    I have a few questions regarding this griddle.

    Was this designed to be cooked on either side of the griddle? The side with the logo (I presume is the bottom) has deeper walls but is still smooth enough to cook with. The handles angle downward in this position. The side without the logo is also smooth but has very short walls. The handles angle up and are easier to access.

    And finally, is the smile logo with Miami diamond a later version?

    Thanks for any help you can provide

    • Hi Jim

      Great to hear you’ve picked up an old griddle.

      Unfortunately, there is little information on when The Favorite Stove and Range Company introduced the different logos. But I believe the Favorite Piqua Ware logo is one of the oldest. And I suspect the Miami logo was introduced after the ever popular smiley logo.

      Jim go ahead and use your griddle with the handle facing up. The pronounced lip on the side walls, I guess was a way to lift the griddle from direct heat. And to allow the surface to heat evenly.

      Great purchase, have fun

  5. Great information! Thanks so much. I have a scotch bowl marked Favorite with the smiley logo. However, it is painted with a blue enamel on the exterior. Was this a limited line or was it done by the consumer?
    Thanks again!

    • Hi Nicole

      Thanks for sending in a question.

      Favorite Stove and Range also had an enamel line of cast-iron cookware. The blue porcelain enamel seems the most common but I’ve seen a few other colors. Because of the age it’s not uncommon to see a few chips or cracks on the base. However, I only seen a couple of enameled pieces and never a Scotch bowl.

      A nice scarce piece, well done.

  6. I picked up a #8 Dutch Oven today for $15 at the thrift store; it’s blue enamel with a smiley logo and a red lid that fits; the lid has small raised small letters C G in the inside center and larger stamped, or cast in place, 3F8D closer to the rim. Both are in good shape. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Barry

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It sounds like you’ve found yourself a bargain. If the porcelain enameled base has a few cracks, I wouldn’t worry, I’m sure it’s had a few dings over the years. There isn’t too many enameled pieces around, so well done on your purchase.

      The enameled pieces are considered to fall within the 1916-1935 timeline. And the Dutch Ovens came with a matching lid. But, the pattern number on your lid is consistent with an original Favorite Stove and Range lid.

      Cheers, hope this helps and enjoy your purchase.

  7. Hello,
    We found a 7a Smiley face skillet with heat ring. It appears to have a very light logo as well. The light faded logo is horizontal and also Favorite. Are there any ideas what this skillet would be? It is very light and very flat. I can not wait to cook in this little skillet.

    • Hi Tonya and Vincent

      Well done on your purchase. I think Favorite Piqua Ware is equal to Wagner and Griswold. The cooking surface is super smooth.

      Your Skillet is very interesting, especially the outlined number 7 on a smiley logo pan. Today foundries use laser cut aluminum templates to press into sand molds to form the size and shape of cast-iron cookware. However, Favourite Stove and Range didn’t have such technology. And, like other manufacturers, they repurposed older useable templates. They tried to cover up the old logo the best they could and simply add the newer logo.

      The lighter logo is called a ghost mark. And they a quite desirable for collectors and enthusiasts. As you know, it adds interest to the pan.

      You can visit eBay sold listings to get an idea of the value of your pan.
      However, as for a date of manufacture, I think it was made circa 1916-1935.

      Enjoy cooking with your vintage ironware.

  8. Hi – I just found a Favorite Ware Piqua Dutch Oven – with the smiley logo at a local estate sale dealer. From the great information you’ve shared on this page – I’m guessing its from 1916-1935.

    It’s got an “8” on the bottom of the pot (bottom edge in relation to the logo the logo.) Its in beautiful condition – although it’s missing the lid. Did lids come with these – or were they sold separately? Any suggestions on if/how I might I go about tracking down a lid to go with this oven?

    • Hi John

      It sounds like you’ve picked up a great vintage piece. I think you’re spot-on with the dates for the smiley logo.

      Yes, Favorite Stove & Range manufactured lids for its Dutch Ovens. It’s going to be hard to track down a lid, but if you search on eBay, I’m sure one will come up eventually.

      For an original lid you will want to keep an eye out for a high domed lid, not flat like the earlier pieces. There will be no markings on top of the lid. But underneath, the lid will have three rows, of separated basting rings. It will also have a size number.

      But if you find one, please confirm with the seller before purchasing. Just to make sure, it will fit. Because, I’d say other manufacturers used similar designs during this time.

      Best of luck, and have fun tracking down a lid.

  9. I have a cast iron Dutch oven. The lid has “basting ridges” and the number/letter “8B”.
    The bottom of pot has the number 8 inside a vertical diamond.
    Can you tell me the manufacturer and era it manufactured? Thank you.

    • Hi Adam

      I believe you have a Dutch oven made by the Chicago Hardware & Foundry. The company had a long history but unfortunately, very little is known about their cookware line and the date they were produced. We do know they bought the patents and machinery from Favorite Stove and Range in 1934. Undoubtedly the company then ramped up production after the purchase. So it’s likely your Dutch oven was made between 1934-1938.

      Hope this points you in the right direction.

  10. I bought a cast iron lid last year just because I thought it was reasonably priced. It has a 8 1/2 A inscribed on the inside kind of a low dome. What skillets does this lid go with? It is in really good shape and would to make a set.

    • Hi Garry

      Thanks for getting in touch. It sounds like you’re fairly confident it’s a Favorite Stove and Range lid. And the 8 1/2 followed by a pattern letter is a good indication.

      Just to make sure. There should be three separated raised basting rings on the underside of the lid. I don’t have lids in my collection, However, keep an eye out for a chicken fryer with smiley. I’m pretty sure it will have the corresponding marking of 8 1/2 on the base. But please confirm sizing with the seller first.

      It could take a while but best of luck with your search.


  11. Hello,
    I just acquired a skillet that has Favorite Ware and the number 3 on it. Can you tell me if the company produced skillets without the word Piqua on it?

    • Hi Tracy

      Wow, sounds like you have an unusual skillet, I’d love to see a picture. If you could send a picture through I’d be really thankful.

      There’s a lot of unknowns about the Favorite Stove & Range Company. And the company remains a mystery for many collectors. The company might have manufactured skillets without “Piqua” In which case it could be an older piece and potentially made before their Piqua foundry was operational. But also check out the Chicago Hardware Foundry on google images. The company bought the rights to Favorite Stove and Range when they got into financial difficulty and the logos look very similar. It would be good to compare the logo on your skillet with vintage Chicago Hardware ironware.

      This might leave you with more questions than answers but this is what makes collecting fun.

      Enjoy your skillet

  12. I have a cast iron deep skillet (chicken fryer?) with a lid. The only markings I can find are a small diamond with the letter ‘A’ inside it. This is found on the bottom near the base of the handle. It has a square of cast iron with a hole opposite the handle which I assume is for hanging. It has pour spouts on the skillet and the lid has pour spout ears. It has a domed lid with a loop handle in the center and concentric broken circle drip rings inside. It has an inset heat ring with no notches.

    Any idea who the manufacturer might be and/or age?

    • Hi Tammy

      Thanks for your question

      It sounds like you’re familiar with cast iron from the terminology used in your description. And I think you’re on the right track. The broken basting rings are telltale sign of Favorite Stove and Range Company’s design.

      However, collectors are unsure if Favorite manufactured cookware with the diamond logo or if it was Chicago Hardware Foundry after they purchased the assets of the Favorite Stove and Range.

      By and large people lean towards Chicago Hardware Foundry as the manufacturer of the diamond logo. And if so your chicken fryer was probably made from the middle to late 1930s.

      Cheers, hope this helps and enjoy your piece of cast iron history.

  13. Hello everyone. A friend of my Mother’s went into assisted living recently. She gave me, what she called) a roaster. On the bottom it says Favorite Piqua Ware and below it has No 0. It’s in wonderful condition and with the lid. I am curious of the value of this cast iron roaster. I am not a collector of cast iron. I do have 3 cast iron skillets. The story behind the roaster goes way back. Could someone please let me know the possible value of this antique.

    Thank you,

    Julia Young

    • Hi Julia

      Wow, I think your friends Mother secretly knew she had a rare piece. And you are so lucky to be the proud new owner. I hope it still has the trivet which often goes missing over time.

      How rare is it? Well, you won’t find it in the reference books. And if it’s in as good of condition as you say it is, it would raise a fair bit of interest from collectors. You won’t be able to retire if you sold it. It’s a Dutch oven at the end of the day. But it would be worth a few shiny pennies online and you could probably buy yourself a fancy new Le Creuset oven from the proceeds if you wanted to.

      Hope this helps and you might want to have tea and scones with your friends mum.

      Cheers, enjoy your vintage roaster.

  14. Several years ago I found a Favorite #10 Dutch oven with trivet, block letters. I have yet to find any information on it. I use it all the time along side my Wagner’s and Griswold’s. Any information on that size?

    • Hi Mark

      Thanks for your question.

      Sounds like your Dutch Oven is an old-timer. I believe Favorite Stove and Range made Dutch Ovens in four sizes and number 10 being the largest. From your description I’d say the lid on the oven is flat rather than domed which is often seen on the smiley logo ovens. Which probably indicates your oven was made in the early part of the company’s history.

      Hope this helps

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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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