Griswold cast iron skillet. Identify, date your skillet using logos.

Griswold cast iron skillet size number 10.

Learn to date and identify not only Griswold cast iron skillets but also other skillets made by the Griswold Manufacturing Company. 

If you have a Griswold cast iron skillet that has been hiding in the back of your kitchen cupboard. Then it’s time to bring it out, dust it off and start using these wonderful old pieces. People really enjoy and treasure these old skillets including myself.

In this article you can date and identify your skillet using markings and also the different logos and brands Griswold Manufacturing Company used between 1870-1957. 

Do you want to know more about the history of the Griswold Manufacturing Company. Or  if you want some tips when buying Griswold cookware, our article on Griswold cast iron cookware is full of useful information. If your interested in vintage cast iron we also have information on other major foundries which includes:

  • Wagner Wagner which was a Griswold Manufacturing main Competitor.
  • Wapak Hollow Ware which may have use used Erie skillet for templates for their own cast iron skillets.
  • Favorite Stove and Range which made amazing cast iron. Favorite Piqua Ware my in opinion equal to Wagner and Griswold.
  • Sidney Hollow Ware which is one of my favorite makers. They also made their cast iron very light like Erie pans.

Before starting the article common question is how to value or “how much should I pay for an antique skillet?”

How much is my Griswold Skillet worth?

Even though an exact amount can’t be placed on your skillet there are certain sizes and logos which are more desired by collectors and enthusiasts. Generally skillets with heat rings and larger skillet sell for better prices.

How much should I pay for an Griswold skillet?”

Some Griswold cast iron skillets are rarer than others. While the word is out that Griswold cast iron is the name to collect, some asking prices have skyrocketed and are getting onto the crazy territory.

However many sellers value their sellers at market value. Especially those who specialize and trade in vintage cast iron. Also looking at sold listings on eBay should give you an idea on the value of your skillet.

How old is my Griswold cast iron skillet?

If you skillet has a Griswold logo it was made between 1905-1957. During this time the Griswold Manufacturing Company used a variety of logos and markings Griswold skillets. Luckily we can use these markings to determine the age of your Griswold cast iron skillet. 

Table of contents

  • Selden & Griswold cast iron
  • Erie cast iron
  • Griswold cast iron skillet logos
  • Victor cast iron
  • Iron Mountain
  • Good Health cast iron
  • Best Made skillets
  • Puritan cast iron
  • Merit cast iron

Disclaimer: information is to the best of my knowledge only. I’ve tried my best to keep the information as accurate as possible by carefully researching. Dates vary between sources please keep this in mind and use this resource as a general guide. However, I hope you find this guide useful and informative.

Some photos are sourced from and credited to These photos are used as an educational resource for anyone interested in cast iron. To comply with copyright they have been heavily modified from the original.

Selden & Griswold cast iron (approximation date 1873-1884)

Matthew Griswold and two brothers from the Selden teamed up and started to make door hinges in 1868. Their factory was known as the “butt factory” named after the type of door hinge made the “butt hinge”.

The Griswold family bought out the Selden family interest in the foundry in 1884 and although Griswold may have used the Selden & Griswold molds after buying out the Selden’s stake in the foundry.

In 1885 a fire burnt down the foundry. I would date cast iron cookware with the Selden & Griswold trademark before 1885. Check out our other article to learn about the history of Griswold Manufacturing. Wikipedia also some information on Griswold. Although I hope ours is a little more detailed.

Erie cast iron (approximation date 1880-1907)

Erie cast iron is some of the most sought after vintage cast iron you can collect. Griswold used this logo between 1880-1907.

Close up photo of the Erie logo. Erie logos were used on cast iron skillets made by Griswold Manufacturing Company.
Erie cast iron skillets are super light and smooth. However if the skillet was used on coal or wood ranges it may have pitting on the base. It is not uncommon for an Erie skillet to have pitting.

Erie cast iron skillets are very thin and lighter Griswold cast iron skillets. Erie skillets are also super smooth.

Other foundries during time, may have used Erie skillets as a template to make to their own molds. It’s not uncommon the find Sidney Hollow Ware and Wapak skillets with an Erie ghost mark. 

If you have an Erie skillet, you can further break the Erie logo into different categories. The Wagner and Griswold Society has an article on the different Erie versions.

Griswold Erie diamond logo.
Griswold Erie Diamond Logo often found on griddles rather than skillets circa 1884-1909

Griswold cast iron markings include:

  • Griswolds’s Erie: circa 1905-1906
  • Griswold Slant Logo: with heat ring circa 1906-1916
  • Slant logo with EPU: marking and heat ring circa 1906-1929
  • Slant logo without Erie: marking circa 1909-1920
  • Griswold slant logo without heat ring: circa 1939-1944
  • Griswold large block logo: circa 1920-1940
  • Small block logo: circa 1939-1957
  • Medium block logo: circa 1955-1957

Note: please use the dates as a general guide only. Dates from resources often conflict and other factors such as handle design have to be considered. Therefore I have purposefully been conservative in my estimates of the Griswold logos.

Griswold’s Erie trademark

Griswold used this logo somewhere between 1905-1909. There are conflicting dates so I used the wider conservative timeline. Since Griswold used the Griswold’s Erie logo for a short time it is harder to find skillets using this logo.

The Griswold’s Erie logo is the first Griswold logo. It transitions from previously used Erie logos to Griswold logos. However the Griswold’s Erie logo does share similarities which Erie skillets.

Griswold’s Erie sizes.

Look for Griswolds’s Erie skillets between sizes 6-9 and 11 to 12.

Griswold's Erie cast iron skillet. This skillet was only made between circa 1905-1909
Griswold’s Erie logo circa 1905-1909. Great logo and is a little harder to find.

Griswold Slant logo with heat ring no EPU.

The first of the famous Griswold skillet logos. The Griswold Manufacturing company used the Slant trademark from 1906-1916. Again this is a wide conservative range.

The Griswold slant logo is easily with the word Griswold which is in italics. Also the Slant logo has characteristics which differ from Erie and Griswold’s Erie skillets.

Changes Griswold made on their Slant logo skillets. 

  • The size number on the base of the skillet moved from 6 o’clock to 12 o’clock. 
  • Erie placed below the Griswold logo. From 1880-1907 the word Erie was place at 12 o’clock. 
  • The patten number moved from the center of the skillet to 6 o’clock on skillet to make room for the Griswold circle cross logo.
Griswold skillet with slant logo. Slant logo without the EPU markings.
Griswold Slant Logo without EPU. You can see this is missing the words Erie PA., U.S.A under the logo.
Griswold cast iron "Erie" and Erie markings
Does your slant logo pre-E.P.U. have “ERIE” in quotation marks or ERIE without quotation marks? If you know why Griswold did this please let me know in the comments.

Griswold Slant logo sizes.

Slant logo sizes range from 1-14. The largest skillet with the Griswold Slant logo is no14. A Griswold #13 slant logo can cost thousands of dollars to the serious collector. Needless to say, the skillet has to be in great condition for this price.

Griswold cast iron skillet No9.
Griswold slant logo skillets without EPU mostly do not have a number on the handle.

Griswold slant logo with E.P.U and heat ring.

The Griswold slant trademark changed to add the words cast iron skillet in an arc at 12 o’clock on the skillet. The EPU is in reference to the words Erie PA., U.S.A., added to the skillet. 

The slant logo, however, remained the same. Again I cannot pinpoint the exact date of manufacture of the Griswold slant logo with EPU. If you have a Griswold slant logo with EPU the manufacture date is around 1909-1929.

Griswold cast iron skillet No 8with EPU.
Griswold slant logo with EPU. What’s EPU mean? It’s an abbreviation standing for Erie PA., U.S.A which is seen under the Griswold logo. Note the heat rings in the number 8 skillets tend to be more rounded.
Griswold skillet size number 10
Griswold Slant Logo with EPU. Note the size number is now stamped on the handle.

Griswold Slant logo without Erie marking. 

I have only seen this trademark used on a few Griswold cast iron skillets. It seems to be quite rare. The logo is the same as Slant logo without EPU however this logo also omits the marking Erie.

Griswold cast iron skillets without Erie marking had a manufacture date around 1906-1929.

Sizes available, I have only seen the large slant logo without Erie on size #9 skillets. I don’t know of other sizes with this logo.

Griswold cast iron skillet missing the Erie under the logo.
If you think this sometimes missing you’re spot on. The Erie is missing underneath the logo. Circa 1909-1926.

Griswold slant logo without heat ring.

Griswold also used slant logo on smooth bottom pans. Smooth bottom pans are like what we use today.

However slant logos on skillets without a heat ring is not as common as skillets with a heat ring. However, these pieces seem to sell at a similar price to a smooth bottom Griswold with a block logo. 

Griswold made these skillets between 1939-1944.

Note; Griswold skillets with slant logos are sometimes stamped lighter than the block logo so the logo is often less defined.

Large block logo

One of the more popular markings or trademarks is know as the Griswold block logo. The block logo is very similar the the slant logo however Griswold is no longer in italics. Griswold is in straight block letters. 

Skillets with the block logo probably were made between 1924-1940.

Griswold also made a wide of sizes ranging from 0-14, however Griswold Manufacturing also made a larger number 20. The Griswold #20 is a huge skillet and can cost a pretty penny online. 

The Griswold no20 is huge. The skillet is called the “Griswold Hotel skillet”.

Griswold cast iron skillet with Large block logo
The Large Block Logo was made circa 1924-1940.

Large block logo without heat ring (smooth bottom)

Griswold also made the large block cast iron skillet with a smooth bottom rather than the familiar heat ring. However, the sizes were more limited. Look out for sizes between 2-10 if you want to collect a full set.

Smooth bottom skillet are not as desirable to collectors as skillets with heats rings so you can expect to pay less for a Griswold without a heat ring. 

Why the change? Cookware with heat rings were for use on wood or coal ranges. However, with the introduction electric cookers, cast iron cookware with heat rings slowly gave way to cast iron skillets without heat rings. 

So if you want a great old skillet without the price tag of highly collectable pieces then a skillet  Griswold Large block trademark could be a great option.

Griswold made skillets with the large block logo and a flat bottom between 1924-1940.

Small block logo.

The Griswold Small Block trademark is not as collectable to many cast iron enthusiasts however they are still fantastic skillets. Griswold drastically reduced the size of the logo and skillets came without a heat ring. Skillets lost much of their character however there are some beautiful skillets around with the small block logo.

Watch out for sellers pricing these skillets at high perices. You can expect to pick up a skillet with the Griswold small block logo at lower price than more collectable skillets. 

Not the say small block skillets are not any good. Rather the small block logo is simply not as collectible, so you may pick a good skillet at at bargain prices. 

Griswold Manufacturing made the small block in sizes from 3-10.

The Small Block logo were made between 1939-1957.

Griswold small block logo.
Small block logo. You can probably see why the Griswold Small Logo is less collectible than other logos. Much of the character is lost. However these pans are still great cookers. You may pick a skillet with a small at a great price. I’ve seen some real fine skillets with the small logo. Circa 1939-1957

Griswold Manufacturing’s big brands were Erie and Griswold however they also made cast iron cookware under different brands.

Many other foundries such as: Wapak, Wagner and Favorite cast iron made a lower grade range of cast iron cookware which was more budget friendly.

Victor cast iron

Victor was Griswold’s budget-friendly grade of cast iron. Griswold made Victor skillets between the 1880s to the 1930s. The Victor logo also changed over the 50 years. Simply marked in the beginning. with Victor at the 12 o’clock position like Erie skillets. Later Victor cast iron skillets became embellished. 

Griswold Manufacturing marketed Victor cast iron as a lower grade however this does not mean lower quality. Victor skillets have super smooth cooking surfaces just as their Griswold cast iron skillets.

Close up photo of Victor cast iron logo made by Griswold.
Victor cast iron skillet were intact made by Griswold Manufacturing Co., Griswold made Victor skillets for around 50 years. Circa 1880s-1930s.

Iron mountain 

Griswold made another lower-priced range of cast iron known as Iron Mountain. Unlike other cookware made by Griswold Manufacturing the Iron Mountain range doesn’t have any logos or trademarks which makes it hard to identify than other skillets. 

However there are a few characteristics which the Iron Mountain skillet series have which can identify them. Look for rectangular hole in the handle.

Griswold made Iron Mountain cast iron between 1930s-1940s. Since Iron Mountain cast iron was a budget range it’s probably not a surprise Iron mountain skillets have a heat ring for use on older wood and coal ranges rather than new electric technology.

Close up photo of an Iron Mountain skillet with pattern number.
It’s a little harder to identify an Iron mountain skillet. However Iron Mountain skillets may have 4 digit pattern number.

Griswold Manufacturing made skillets for other companies 

Sears contracted with Griswold Manufacturing Company to made cast iron cookware for their department stores. The Cast Iron Collector also has some great information on cast iron store brands. Griswold store bands included:

  • Best Made 1920s
  • Puritan 1920s-1930s Griswold Puritan cast iron will have a pattern number at 6 o’clock. 
  • Good Health 1920s-1930s
  • Merit 1920s-1940s
Best Made skillet made y Griswold Manufacturing.
Best Made Sillets were made by Griswold Manufacturing for Sears
Puritan cast iron logo.
Puritan Cast iron skillet made by Griswold Manufacturing Company. To Identify Puritans Skillets thats were made made Griswold look for the 4 digit pattern number below the size number.
Good Health Skillet made by Griswold. Close up photo of the logo.
Good Health Skillets were made by Griswold Manufacturing Company circa: 1920s-1930s. Long life skillet however were made by Wagner Manufacturing.
Merit cast iron skillet logo
Do you have a Merit skillet? Yes Merit skillets were made by Griswold as well.

Griswold identification and dating main points.

  • Griswold cast iron skillets remain popular with cast iron enthusiasts and those who want a great vintage pan.
  • You can identify your skillet by using logos and marking on your skillet. This site and other online resources can help you date you Griswold cast iron skillet.
  • While the Griswold slant logo block logo with a heat ring are more desired by collectors they also tend to be more expensive than skillets without a heat ring.
  • You However you will most likely pick up a great Griswold skillet without a heat ring at a lower price. 

“Pre Griswold” is a term used for Erie skillets. However there are still Griswold Manufacturing made.

Erie cast iron is sometimes described as “Pre Griswold”. Griswold Manufacturing Company made Erie cast iron cookware. However the Erie logo used before Griswold.

Griswold Skillets are wonderful but take your time if you want to buy one.

If you have a Griswold Cast iron skillet then you should be one proud owner. Many pay a premium for Griswold cast iron skillets. However, the word is out Griswold to the name to have and some sellers are asking some hefty prices. Just take your time if you want to buy one of these beauties.

Griswold made other brands and they are pretty fine too.

If you have an Erie or a Griswold or another skillet made by the Griswold Manufacturing Company then you have yourself one fine skillet. 

However the store brands and the Iron Mountain range are pretty good. Even though smooth bottom skillets are not as collectible many prefer them on modern hobs.

There’s good reason Griswold has the reputation making some of the best cast iron you can cook with. Enjoy your skillet.


  1. Hello Boonie

    I have a Griswold Dutch Oven, it has a Griswold slanted and EPU logo underneath. Can you tell me the approximate date range? Also, there is no heat ring underneath. I guess vintage Dutch Ovens didn’t use heart rings. Any help you can provide is most appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Bill

      Thanks for your question.

      The design change from the 18th century to 19th century pot design is quite interesting. However, 20th century Dutch Ovens are commonly footed or have a flat base.

      A Griswold Dutch Oven is a very fine pot. I’d say your Dutch Oven was made in the 1920s. You’re very lucky.

      Thanks again Bill, I hope this helps.

  2. Hello Boonie

    I live in England, have found myself an owner (or guardian) of a Griswold No8 Dutch oven for a mere £5 from a local 2nd hand shop. I’m amazed and wonder how a piece like this found its way over here. But you ship the likes of tanks etc here so why not an old pot. Found your website very interesting on researching this, it’s in very good condition needing a light restore and season. It has a large logo with Griswold in block capitals (not slanted) with ERIE PA. U.S.A , MAR 16. 20 below with tite-top above the logo. The lid now has me wondering if original as the only marking is 8 on top cover with a dimpled effect, with circular ribs on the underside it fits perfectly.
    I have no idea why I checked this out only for age I guess, I would never imagined these are collectible, certainly not over here in the UK
    Any info would be gratefully appreciated

    • Hi again
      After endless searching I found only 2 photos of the lid, one on a Wagner and the other on a Griswold, It’s not the more common “ugly hammered finish” on the lid, the dimples are much larger.

      Have a wonderful Christmas

    • Hello Richard

      Thanks for your contact, I’m really happy you’ve found the site interesting and useful.

      It sounds like you’ve found yourself a real bargain, but it also sounds like your Dutch Oven has gone to a great home in England.

      Today, many of the high-end manufacturers such as Le Creuset and Staub like to promote a tight fitting lid as a premium product. And they often have a price tag to match. But Griswold advertised their Tite-Top brand a little differently. They advertised their Tite-Top Dutch Ovens as a great way for households to economize. Families could use lower priced cuts of meat and the tight fitting lid on their Dutch Ovens would make the meat soft and tender. Griswold manufactured these ovens over a long period of time. From your description, I’d suspect your oven was made between 1920-1950.

      The lid on your oven has me guessing. On a Griswold Tite-Top oven I would like to see a matching lid. An unmarked lid with a raised number and circular ribs sounds like the Griswold Iron Mountain series I’m not sure if this series had a lid with a hammered finish. I’ve seen a few of these lids on unmarked chicken fryers fitting your description. Type in “unmarked hammered chicken fryer” into Google image search. I think you might find a lid similar to yours.

      Hope this helps with your research. Have a great Christmas in old Blighty.

      Best wishes
      Brett a.k.a. Boonie

      • Ah thank you for replying, and the help with the information. Whilst I have been stroking it wondering how my beef stew with crispy dumplings are going to turn out, though my wife discovering it maybe worth upto twenty times what I paid for it she is stroking it thinking a new dress. I will have to guard it until she samples a few meals from it. I hope your finishing off your Boxing Day with some cheer, I certainly am with the help of a Cognac.
        Once I have restored my Griswold I will send you a couple of photos via an email I see in another comment for your interest.
        Until then seasons greetings & have a wonderful New Year
        All the best
        P.S. Here is a video to a favourite much recommended Beef Stew you must try

    • Greetings from Tucson, AZ Richard. Interesting as well to hear that they are not ‘collectible’. I can understand ‘why’ but they are; for sure. In any case, you DO have a very valuable piece. If you wanted to sell it online, I’m sure someone in Europe, possibly American would certainly purchase it for the right price. If I still lived in Europe, that person would be me!! LOL.

      • Hello Rob
        Nice to hear. I’m not one told hold onto anything if valuable but I have wanted a Dutch oven for some time, once restored I may test interest on fleaBay and if I’m able to buy another cast iron Dutch oven and have cash left over whom am I to stop someone from enjoying a collectors item.
        I’ve been to a few states in the US, living in Dallas for a few months and enjoyed them and the people greatly though Arizona is one I’d like to visit.
        Have a great 2020

  3. Boonie;
    My wife was looking at her mothers Griswold skillets and ran across one that has the Block GRISWOLD cross and in a straight line under is cast “7 inch skillet”. idea on manufacture time period?

    • Hi Greg

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’d say your treasured Griswold skillet was made in the Wagner Sidney foundry when the company took over the rights of the Griswold patterns.

      Check your skillet and you’re unlikely to see the markings “Erie P.A”, indicating it wasn’t made in the Erie foundry. Your wife’s skillet may have been made as early as 1958 but I’d say it’s more likely circa 1960s. Interestingly Wagner didn’t include “Made in the U.S.A.” on these skillets which was becoming standard practice around this time.

      It’s a neat piece of cast iron history, Cheers, hope this points you in the right direction.

    • Hi E. Hall

      It sounds like you have a Wagner made pan which is known as the dual logo in the cast iron community. Unfortunately these pans are not currently as collectable as the older skillets made by either Wagner or Griswold. However, they seem to be fairly scare and I seldom see them for sale. I guess it has Made in USA under the Griswold logo so it’s made after 1960.

      I’d date your pan circa early 1970s.

      Cheers for getting in contact, enjoy your vintage ironware.

  4. FYI. I just acquired 30+ pieces of Griswold. The Scotch Bowl has the slanted Griswold that you talked about in your article. Would that date the pot 1906-12?
    Marked Slant, Large Logo, GRISWOLD, 4, ERIE, 782A. Bottom Ring, Handle. Ring on pot. Very good except needs cleaning.
    If this will help in your research, I’d gladly send you a picture.

    • Hi Geoff

      Wow, that’s a nice haul of Griswold cast-iron. It sounds like you’ll be busy over the next few months cleaning and restoring these little beauties. Thanks for sending a detailed description of your Scotch bowl. The number 4 is a very usable size.

      I’d place your Griswold Scotch bowl Circa 1906-1916 but I admit my dates are a little conservative. But I think Griswold were manufacturing a Scotch bowl with the slant logo and no E.P.U. during this time.

      If you could send a photo and possibly help this resource, I’d be very grateful. Here’s my email if you have time.

      Hope this helps, all the best with your restoration project.

  5. I have two of my mother’s old skillets. First one is a small logo#9. It is marked,
    11 1\4 inch skillet
    Made in USA

    There is also an A on the underside of the handle.

    The second skillet has no logo and is marked
    10 1/2 inch skillet
    Made in USA
    It also has a V on the underside of the handle. The handle is identical to the other skillet. It is a #8. Any help identifying them will be appreciated.

    • Hi Tom

      Hey fantastic, I’m sure your mother is really pleased you’re researching her old skillets.

      I’d place a guess your Griswold and unmarked skillet were made by Wagner Manufacturing after 1957. Wagner purchased Griswold Manufacturing but continued to make Griswold branded products in the Wagner foundry. You’ve probably noticed your Griswold skillet is doesn’t have the markings Erie P.A. so I’d say it wasn’t made in the Griswold foundry. Wagner also made a lot of unmarked skillets so I think you may have a couple of Wagner skillets, very nice.

      Thanks for reaching out, enjoy your skillets.

      • Thank you. Both cook really well even though the Griswold marked one is a spinner. I got them cleaned and reseasoned. Ready to hand them down.

  6. Hello-

    I have few Griswold skillets, and I just love how versatile they are. Can you tell me about lids? Did Griswold manufacture lids for them? If not, can you recommend some appropriate lids that can handle the high baking temps?

    • Hi Denis

      Thanks for the question.

      Great to hear you’re enjoying your vintage pans. Griswold made lids for their skillets. And if you’re cooking at high temperatures a cast iron lid is the way to go. Check out Ebay for an indication on selling prices. Unfortunately, Griswold Skillet Covers are a little scarce and command a high price.

      But half the fun of collecting vintage cast-iron is finding a hidden gems at garage sales and Goodwill stores.

      Good luck

  7. Hi, can you tell me if a glass Griswold dutch oven lid can be used in an oven? Or do I need to use a cast iron top on my dutch oven? Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Hi Joesph

      Thanks for the question.

      I don’t have any glass lids on my Dutch Oven so I cannot speak from experience.

      Both vintage and modern glass can crack at any time even shatterproof glass. Heat resistant cookware was developed in the 1800s.

      Vintage glassware was made from a mixture of Boron and Silica called Borosilicate. And it’s probably more prone to breaking than modern glassware. Today Lime Soda Silica is used and for a couple of good reasons.

      1. It’s less likely to break.
      2. Modern glassware is designed to shatter into smaller pieces and is less likely to cut.

      So if you use your Griswold glass lid please be careful especially around the rim where you may not notice small chips. And use the lower oven-rack to avoid the broiler effect. Here’s an interesting article by Anchor Hocking

      Cheers hope this helps.

  8. I have a 5 qt dutch oven that has the Griswold logo in the center and a Wagner Ware logo above it. Any information you can give me would be appreciated.


    • Hi Joann

      Thanks for your question.

      Your Dutch Oven was made by General House Wares when they owned the rights of both Griswold and Wagner. As a rough guide your oven with dual logo was probably made between 1970-1975 and I think it originally came with a glass lid.

      What a neat oven, I hope you gets lots of use out it.


  9. Hi Boonie, I hope you can help

    I have two cast iron skillets that were my Grandmothers.

    Skillet 1. CAST IRON SKILLET at the 12 o’clock position GRISWOLD logo inside of 2 rings about 4 inches around at 6 o’clock ERIE PA U.S.A under that appears to be P04 and 8 on the top side base of handle.

    Skillet 2 reads Good Health at 12 o’clock, Skillet in the center and 8 under the word skillet. Also there appears to be 658 at the 6 o’clock position.

    I just want to know the approximate date of manufacture. Thanks for your help

    • Hi there Diane

      Your Grandmother will be very happy that you are researching her skillets.

      You can see both examples of your skillets in the article. However, the first skillet is the oldest and most collectable, it’s circa 1924-1940 a #8 is a very usable skillet. The P04 is a pattern number of the mold.

      The second skillet I don’t see too often and it’s a little later than your first skillet. They were made circa 1920s-1930s.

      Both are very nice skillets. I bet you make some very fine meals with them.

      Happy Cooking

  10. I bought four badly rusted cast-iron pans a couple days ago from someone on a tag sale site. Two Wagners and two Griswolds.

    My clean Griswold it wasn’t rusty like these others, but it had years of caked-on deposits (both inside and out) that I scraped/buffed/cleaned off. I also have a Griswold deep-fryer (with basket) that was more rusty than caked-on that is also now in great shape after cleaning it. They are both great cookware pieces now. Any good methods recommended for cleaning the pans I bought?

    (GAH! I can’t find a way to post the picture. Am I missing something?) Would still appreciate good method(s) for cleaning other than the major elbow-grease employed on the last two reclaims.

    Thank you for the informative article.

    • Hi there Michael

      Thanks for the question, unfortunately you can’t send photos in the comment section. However, you can send them to I’d like to see your restoration project.

      1. The best method is probably electrolysis and it’s favored by many cast-iron enthusiasts since it’s gentle on the metal. However, there is a little setup cost.

      2. If your oven has a self-cleaning mode you can set your oven to self-clean with your ironware inside. Best to do this on a fine day with the windows wide open. There will be smoke but the seasoning should burn off. Or you could slowly bring your oven to a high temperature and allow the oil to burn off your pans. Best to line the base of your oven with foil for easy cleanup.

      3. Oven cleaner spray. Again it’s best to this outside. Spray your pans with oven cleaner and put them into a plastic bag for a couple of days. The active ingredient is lye which was used in soap making and it should lift all but the most stubborn layers of seasoning. Some people are hesitant with this method because chemicals are in contact with the cooking surface.

      I’d favor number two if there’s not too much buildup. There’s no chemicals or batteries to worry about. Youtube should have some good videos for you to watch. To keep your pans in original condition and to hold value stay away from the grinders in your restoration.

      These vintage pans are a little piece of history and culture. Good on you for bringing them back to usable condition.

      Have fun with your project

      Brett (Boonie)

  11. My mother-in-law left behind a 9″ Griswold skillet. It only has the Griswold emblem with the cross. It has been used so much that I can’t tell if there was anything at 6 o’clock position and there is nothing at the 12 o’clock position. It does not have a heat ring. From what I am reading, it could have been made within a couple of time periods. My mother-in-law passed while in her 80’s in 2005. I was told that it was handed down from her mother. Can you help me identify the time period it was made?

    • Hi Pam

      Thanks for the question

      I’m sure your mother-in-law is very happy you are taking good care of her skillet.

      Since your Griswold 9 inch skillet doesn’t have a heat-ring and with no discernible writing, I’d say you have a small block logo. And I’d place your skillet made around 1939-1944 if the handle looks like a tear drop and 1944 to 1957 for a handle that looks scooped out.

      I have a picture on the article. Just scroll up and you’ll be able to compare it with your skillet.

      Hope this helps

  12. I have a 10.25 inch cast iron skillet that I am trying to identify. There is an 8 engraved on the top of the handle near the base. On the bottom of the skillet is recorded: Long Life Skillet with the number 1758A on it. The handle has a round hole in it. Any information you could provide would be appreciated.

    • Hi Mike

      Thanks for the contact.

      Sounds like your skillet was made by Wagner Manufacturing and is circa 1930s. It was most likely marketed as budget friendly option to Wagner’s standard product line. If you have time you may find this article on Wagner Cast iron interesting.

  13. I just picked up an Erie 12 inch bail handled griddle with the inset heat ring. Below ERIE (no quotes) is the number 847. These are at the bottom and the 12 is at the top underside. The center of the underside of the griddle has a bit of iron which protrudes out about 1/2 inch and is threaded inside. This prevents the griddle from setting level on a stovetop. Can you tell me the purpose of this and anything else you may know about this piece would be helpful as well?

    • Hi, thanks for your question Larry

      It sounds like you have the griddle part of an Erie Gas Griddle. Originally, it would have come with a base which fit together. Properly used to diffuse heat.

      Even with today’s modern stoves and cookware, some people use heat diffusers to distribute heat and better control the temperature on gas stoves.

      If you have a chance to go back to where you picked up your griddle and search for the base it could be worthwhile. From my understanding, they are rare pieces. Your griddle most likely was made between circa 1905-1940.

      Good luck, I hope you find the base.

  14. I am looking for information on a Griswold No. 34 Patty Molds. I am guessing they were manufactured around the 50s and 60s but I am having trouble finding any information on how to date them. I have seen the item called a pancake pan or a plett pan. On the bottom left hand side of the pan it has the numbers 2980 with the letter A beneath it. I am just curious of the date range when this pan was manufactured.
    Thank you

    • Hi Melissa

      Thanks for your question. It sounds like you’ve done your research. I’d also say your Griswold Plett Pan was made in the 1950s or 1960s.

      From your description, your version of the pan was probably manufactured after 1957. Which is after the Griswold family sold their interests in the company. Griswold probably manufactured Platt pans in the Erie P.A foundry from 1910s-1950s.

      Sounds like quite a few American households were enjoying pancakes on the weekend. That’s the good life.

      Thanks, enjoy your pan.

  15. I have a Griswold no 9, slanted Griswold,3/4 inch Erie, logo,710D, no 9 on handle, would have an idea of the age. Thank- You. Mark.

    • Hi, Mark thanks for sending a message.

      Those Griswold slant logo skillets are some good looking pans. From your description, it sounds like your skillet is without Erie PA., U.S.A.
      From my understanding, Griswold made this version of the logo around 1906-1912.

      If you are wondering the meaning of the 710D at the base of your skillet. The 710 is a Griswold No9 skillet and D is the mold used.

      Enjoy your skillet

      • Hi, my skillet is without the E.P. U.S.A.logo and it has a heat ring. It is a different size from other descriptions. They made different styles the same years? Thank you. Mark

        • Thanks for getting back in touch Mark

          There’s quite a bit of overlap in some of the logos. I guess there was a lot less waste back in the day and they used molds for as long as they could.

          Mark if you can please send a picture to I can double check the logo for you. I want to make sure it’s a slanted Griswold logo. But reading your description again it could be a older Erie logo. If I can see a picture hopefully I can point you in the right direction.


  16. I have a Griswold Number 8 Dutch Oven with a glass lid that I inherited from my mother-in-law, who got it second-hand sometime in the mid-1950s. Unfortunately, the lid was accidentally broken recently.

    I obtained an aluminum lid (which fits perfectly) that I know nothing about. There are three rings on the inside of the lid. At the bottom of the outer ring it says A 465 C and underneath that is the letter N. The top of the middle ring says TITE-TOP DUTCH OVEN and at the bottom ERIE PA., U. S. A. At the top of the inner ring is the number 8, in the center is a large block GRISWOLD logo and underneath that PAT’D. FEB. 10. 1920.

    Can you please tell me something about it?

    • Hi John, thanks for getting in contact.

      I’m sure your mother-in-law is very happy that you are taking care of her old Dutch Oven. If your oven doesn’t have a bail handle it’s not missing Griswold made this style TITE-TOP with glass lid without a wire handle. I’d place your oven circa 1940s-1950s.

      Picking up an aluminum lid was a good idea. From my understanding, Griswold used the same pattern for their cast iron and cast aluminum cookware. So it should fit as snugly as an original lid.

      Your description is very clear. A=aluminum, 465=No.8 aluminum Tite-Top Dutch Oven and C=cover. The letter N indicates an individual mold used in production. Although I must admit, I’m not too familiar with the Griswold aluminium cookware range.

      Unlike modern manufacturers such as Le Creuset, Staub and Vermicular which advertise their tight-fitting lids as a premium product. Griswold advertised their TITE-TOP-Ovens and braisers which were made in both cast iron and aluminum for good family economy. Because you could cook lower-priced cuts of meat in the oven.

      Hope this helps

  17. When my mother passed, she left with two Erie Griswold cast iron skillets that are very much alike. On the bottom of each of them there is a number 9 at the top, the Griswold slanted logo in a cross in the center, the word ERIE beneath the logo, the number 710 under Erie, and a raised heat ring, and no numbers on the handle. The different is as follows. The one with the number 710D doesn’t have quotations marks around the word ERIE. The 710C has quotations marks. Please, tell me about each of them.

    • Hi Karen

      Thanks for the contact, I’m sure your mum is very happy that you are researching and treasuring her antique skillets.

      It sounds like you have two Griswold skillets known by enthusiasts as the Griswold slant logo without E.P.U. (Erie Pennsylvania U.S.A.) Most of the skillets I’ve seen with this logo are without a number on the handle like yours.

      From my understanding, Griswold used “Erie” with quotation marks and Erie without quotation marks interchangeably on their Griswold pre-E.P.U. slant logo range. I’m not sure as to the reasoning for this, but your No9 710C and 710D skillets were probably made around a similar time. 710 indicates the number 9 skillet, and the letters C and D indicate an individual mold. Circa 1906-1912 for the larger 3.5-inch logo, or 1909-1920 for the smaller 2.5-inch logo.

      Thanks it’s a great question, I’ll add a picture to the resource.

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for the question. From your description, I’d say your family pan was made somewhere between 1930 to 1939. However vintage pans are hard to date with any certainty another resource places this logo used between 1924-1940 so please take dates as an approximation.

      After researching, I couldn’t find any Griswold skillets with a smooth bottom made before this time. This could mean more people were using gas or electric ovens instead of wood ranges around this time which is very interesting.

      Happy cooking

  18. I’m looking at a Erie number 9 739 x bottom with the slant logo with a center ghost mark is this a valuable or rare griddle? Asking price is $85 plus shipping it appears to be and very nice condition I know evaluating value on something unseen is hard at best! But I would appreciate your opinion on this unit thanks in advance Ed Brown

    • Hi Ed

      Thanks for getting in contact

      I think a lot of collectors hesitate to value vintage cast iron, myself included. There’s a lot of cast iron around in varying condition. Also, you hear of stories of people picking up vintage cast iron for next to nothing at flea markets while time and effort of professionally restored pieces need to be considered, making valuing difficult.

      There are a few variations of the reinforced X griddle. However, from your description, this type of griddle was made around 1909 could present fair value at this price. Although, I would check the sold listings on eBay to find out the current selling prices. Ghost marks are always interesting. Just to confirm:

      9 placement top
      Big raised X
      Griswold Slant logo

  19. I recently bought a #12 slant logo ERIE. I’ve owned regular #12s slant erie with and without the assist handle on top… The one I just bought has a assist handle with two finger grip holes inside the assist handle. Other than having it confirmed it is real and factory Griswold made by others and from what I can see face to face I really cant find any other info on it? Was wondering if u knew any info on it and if they also did this to other sizes with assist handles on top like the #14?

    • Hi John

      Thanks for leaving a message. It sounds like you have a loop finger handle. I’ve only seen this style on Wagner skillets. But apparently, Griswold also used the loop handle on a couple of their skillets as well.

      If I have your description correct, your skillet probably was made in the 1920s later than the slant Erie logo. It appears Griswold made this scarce version of the assist handle on their number 12 and 14 skillets.

      Hope this helps.

  20. My mother has a Griswold slant logo without EPU and heat ring with 11 in the 12 o’clock position, Erie under the center cross Griswold slant logo, and 717 at the 6 o’clock position however it does have 11 on the handle. I haven’t seen any other slant logo without EPU with the handle stamped but hers sure is! Is this an unusual variation?

    • Hi, Tammy, thanks for the comment and sharing with the readers.

      I’ve never seen an early slant logo without an EPU but with a number on the handle. I had to do a bit of google searching myself. You’re right, they seem to around be not very common. Very cool.

      Griswold number 11 slant logo is a very nice skillet. Your mother is one lucky lady.

      Hey, thanks for sharing, really appreciate it.

  21. I picked up and number 8 Griswold smooth bottom small center mark, Erie PA. 704-F. What does the f stand for ? I noticed there’s a lot of different letters following the number, PS I enjoyed reading the information you provided in thanks again

    • Hi Ed

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

      From my understanding, those letters are called “pattern letters”. Pattern letters were used to identify a mold used in production.

      Why did they use pattern letters? For quality control. If there was a problem with one of the molds, Okay which mold was it? The workers could look at the pattern letter to identify which mold it was and remove it from production.

      Hope this helps.


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