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 eBay.com. 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

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 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.

10 COMMENTS

    • 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

  1. 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
      “Erie”
      739
      Big raised X
      Griswold Slant logo

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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