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

Griswold cast iron skillet size number 10.

Learn to date and identify your Griswold cast iron skillet and house brands 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 pans. People really enjoy and treasure these old skillets including myself.

In this article you can learn to date and identify your skillet using markings. And also by the different logos and brands Selden & Griswold and Griswold Manufacturing Company used between 1873-1957. 

Griswold cast iron identification guide
How old is my Griswold Skillet? Well, get your old pans out of the cupboard. Because this article is a guide to identify and date your old skillets.

Table: Griswold Manufacturing background


The origins of Griswold Manufacturing Company
dates back to 1868 as a very small operation making door hinges.

Selden & Griswold Manufacturing Company

The Selden and Griswold family business becomes the Selden & Griswold Manufacturing company.

Griswold Manufacturing Company

The company grew to become one of Americas largest and most respected cast-iron manufacturers of the 20th century.

Reasons for collectibility

Griswold cast iron skillets are highly regarded and sought after because of their smooth cooking surfaces and lighter weight.

Desired and rare skillets

Keep an eye out for the first series “Erie” and “Erie Spider” skillets. These two skillets stand out as the most sought after by collectors.

Also rare sizes such the Griswold #13 and #20 are also prized by collectors and enthusiasts.

Most valuable Griswold skillet
The Erie Spider and Griswold no13 can cost a pretty penny.

But the most valuable Griswold skillet, is your family skillet.

Family skillets vary in size, condition and have various logos. However, they are the most treasured and are often regarded as priceless.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Griswold Manufacturing Company. Or if you want some tips when buying Griswold cookware, check out this article on Griswold cast iron cookware. It’s packed full of useful, well researched information on the company.

How old is my Griswold skillet
Collectors and enthusiasts look at a few determining factors to tell the age of vintage cast iron.

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: I’ve tried my best to keep the information as accurate as possible by carefully researching. I have also collected cast iron for over 10 years, so I a little experience behind me. But dates vary between sources and factors such as handle design can slightly change the date of manufacture.

However, I have spent many hours creating this identification guide and I hope you find it useful and informative.

Selden & Griswold cast iron 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 (butt hinge) manufactured in the ironworks.

Vintage photo of Matthew Griswold
Matthew Griswold founder of the Griswold Manufacturing Company

Selden & Griswold started to manufacture hollowware from 1973. But most of the cookware with this logo was probably made in the 1880s. Even though Mathew Griswold bought out the company in 1884, he still used the Selden Griswold logos.

After all, it would have taken a lot time and money to register new patents and to make new molds. Check out our other article to learn about the history of Griswold Manufacturing. Wikipedia also some information on Griswold. Although I hope my article is a little more detailed.

Griswold Vintage Waffle Iron
Selden & Griswold waffle iron. The company manufactured other ironware but I have only seen waffle iron come up for sale.

Griswold cast iron markings include:

“Erie” Logo
Made around 1880-1907

Griswold’s Erie
(Griswold diamond logo)

Circa 1884-1910

Style changed
Griswolds’s Erie

Circa 1905-1906

New logo introduced called circle cross
Slant Logo

With heat ring circa 1906-1916

Slant logo with EPU

Circa 1906-1929

Slant logo without Erie

No Erie under logo circa 1909-1920

Griswold with large block logo

Without italic lettering 1920-1930

Large block logo
(without heat ring)
Circa 1930-1939

Griswold large slant logo
(without heat ring)


Small block logo
Notable reduction in logo size. Circa 1939-1957

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.

Erie cast iron
Erie cast iron was manufactured between 1880-1907. Over the years Griswold made slight changes to the Erie line such as the handle, Erie logo and the pattern number in the center. In total there are six known series of Erie skillets.

Erie cast iron skillets are very thin and light. Because of this they are more prone to warping. So if you are buying an Erie online, make sure you ask the seller if the skillet rocks or spins. That being said, I wouldn’t look past an Erie skillet just because it has a little movement.

Erie skillets are also known to be super smooth and are often priced similar to other vintage pans.

Other foundries during time, 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 6 different versions of the pan. The Wagner and Griswold Society has an article on the different Erie series.

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.

Diamond logo

If you look on the back of you cast iron griddle and you see a diamond logo then it’s your lucky day. The Griswold Diamond logo is an early logo and it’s more scarce than other logos.

Griswold Griddle with Diamond logo
This isn’t a skillet but I though including this logo could be useful. It’s called the Dimond logo and you’ll likely see it on Griswold griddles.

Griswold manufactured griddles with this logo Circa 1884-1910. The logo is positioned in the center. Unfortunately, this is an area on cast iron often damaged by sulphur pitting.

Griswold Erie diamond logo.
Griswold Erie Diamond Logo often found on griddles rather than skillets circa 1884-1910

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 shares similarities which Erie skillets.


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.

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.

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 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 #14. 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.

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 skillet with slant logo no Erie
Here’s a Griswold skillet which is a little different. It lacks the Erie marking under the circle cross logo.

Griswold cast iron skillets without Erie marking had a manufacture date around 1909-1920.

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.

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 slant logo however, Griswold is no longer in italics. Griswold is in straight block letters. 

Skillets with the block logo probably were made between 1920-1930.

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 1930-1939.

Griswold cast iron skillet with large block logo
Beautiful skillet with large block logo. This skillet was made Circa 1930-1939.

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. 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

Cast iron skillet with Griswold logo
Here’s a smooth bottom pan with the large Griswold slant logo. Circa 1939-1944.

Small block logo.

The Griswold Small Block trademark is not as collectable to cast iron enthusiasts but 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 prices. 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 bargain prices. 

The Small Block logo were made between 1939-1957.

Griswold skillet with small logo
Small block logo. You can probably see why the Griswold Small Logo is less collectible than other logos. However, these pans are still great cookers. You might be able to pick up a skillet with a small logo at a great price. Circa 1939-1957

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

Griswold like 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.

Table: Griswold Manufacturing’s budget friendly line


Circa 1880s to the 1930s

Iron Mountain

Circa 1930s-1940s

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.

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. 

But 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.

Iron Mountain skillet
Here is an Iron Mountain skillet. Note the 4 digit pattern number and the unusual shaped handle.

Griswold Manufacturing made skillets for other companies 

Sears contracted with Griswold Manufacturing Company to make 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:

Table: Store brands manufactured in the Griswold foundry

Best Made

Manufactured in the 1920s


From the 1920s-1930s Griswold Puritan cast iron will have
a pattern number at 6 o’clock

Good Health

Made from 1920s-1930s


Circa 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

Erie cast iron is sometimes described as “Pre Griswold”. Griswold Manufacturing Company made Erie cast iron cookware. However, the Erie logo was used before Griswold started to place their company name on their cookware.

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. 

But the store brands and the Iron Mountain range are pretty good too. 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.

Here are some FAQs

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 skillets sell at higher 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. Another place to look is the sold listings on eBay. It will give you an idea on the value of your skillet.

How old is my Griswold cast iron skillet?

If your 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. 

If you have enjoyed this article be sure to check out my other articles on vintage cast iron.

  • 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


  1. Hi Boonie,

    This was an informative and clean crash course! Thank you! I’ve been using small block Griswolds ever since I found one in a thrift store right outta college — haven’t looked back.

    You say Griswolds are collectible for “their smooth cooking surfaces and lighter weight,” but then say the small block logos are “less collectible” but still a decent cooking pan…

    My question is: exactly how is the small block logo less desirable?
    Is it the lack of heat ring?
    Is the logo too shy?
    Are they heavier than earlier pans?
    Do they have a rougher cooking surface?
    Is the handle less comfortable? Less attractive? Shorter?
    Were post-war materials inferior? If yes, how?

    In short, if you ignored the handles and cooked the same dish/meal in different eras of Griswold pans, what would be the difference? I love the smooth cooking surface and the clean lines of these cast irons, but the jump in price from SBL to other eras has always confused me.

    Looking forward!

    • Hi Eli

      Thanks I’m glad you enjoyed the article. The identification dates are conservative, but think it gives an easy to understand estimate for those new vintage ironware.

      If you see a Griswold skillet with a small logo go for it. They are great pans, and you’ll find beautiful examples for sale. I’m sure you’ll be pleased with any Griswold made skillet and they will cook meals the same.

      I think the small logo loses the old world character of antique ironware. But the pans still have a smooth cooking surface and there’s nothing wrong with the metal.

      In the article, I wanted to highlight the large Griswold logos are more collectable. To help those new to collecting, not to rush to buy the first Griswold pan they see. Buyers might want to hold off until they find their favorite logo. And hopefully to prevent readers from paying too much when they find a Griswold for sale.

      I hope I’ve answered your main questions. I have plans to write an article on the Griswold small logo in the future. To help owners identify and date their pans from the different types of handle design. And I’ll be sure to add your questions too.

      Thanks for your help.

  2. I’ve really enjoyed reading this very informative article- thanks for sharing your obvious passion.

    I have recently inherited what I’ve identified as an Erie 9, 2nd Series cast iron skillet. After doing some research online I was surprised to realize how old it is. While I have cleaned it and re-seasoned to be usable I would like to remove the caked/ burnt on grime from the center bottom and around the sides. While the pan sits flat, there is slight upward warping in the center of the pan. What would you suggest as a cleaning method that would prevent any further damage from occurring.

    Also, we have been using this skillet regularly… would you have any concerns about continued use?

    • Hi Adam

      That’s brilliant, I’m really happy you have found the article useful.

      The second series Erie skillets are old-timers that’s for sure. You’re lucky to have one, and I wouldn’t worry about the upward bow. Think of it as health benefit as the grease will drain off to the sides. Good on you for cooking with the pan, they were made to be used.

      If you have cleaned and striped the old seasoning as a precaution, I’d have no concerns using the skillet. Restoring a single skillet, I recommend watching a YouTube video on “How to strip seasoning off cast-iron using self cleaning oven?” Basically this method burns off the old seasoning in the oven set at a high temperature. But make sure it’s a nice fine day, so you can open up all the windows, because it will get smokey.

      Have fun with your restoration project

  3. I found an Erie Dutch oven. Bottom says “ERIE” with 834x and the number 9. The lid only has a pattern number 834c. I’ve seen the same Dutch oven with different lid numbers which are usually marked with the Dutch oven size. Is my lid not a match? I’ve googled and googled and have yet to find that lid number for an Erie Dutch oven.

    • Hi there Jen

      Thanks for your question, and I’d say you have a matching lid, later lids had a four digit pattern number. And it matches a size 9 oven. I guess the lid is flat rather than domed. This is another indication of the lid design used during the time. I have also seen a few of these ovens without a cover so you’re quite lucky.

      Cheers, hope this helps

      • Interesting. I’ve seen the same Dutch oven with an 838 lid, just never a lid number matching the Dutch oven number. Thanks!

          • Thanks Jen

            You really have done your research. Hopefully, another collector or owner will be able to add to the conversation. And cross reference your lid with theirs.

            If any owners can help out please feel free to comment below.

  4. So, A few days ago I came across a 610 griddle. I already had one with large logo. The one I found was pretty beat up and was really dirty so I set in oven on clean cycle and it came out pretty clean. I assume it’s from 1930-39 large block letters and logo, but what has me asking questions is it’s either aluminum or Du-Chro.. I can’t find images anywhere of this style. Is this griddle very rare? Also what do I need to do now to season it? It’s very shiny.

    Thanks, Ryan

    • Hi Ryan

      Thanks for your question, and congratulations on your purchase.

      Plated griddles are around, but you’re right, they tend to be more scarce than regular cast iron griddles. Your plated griddle could be Du-Chro. But you describe the griddle as shiny, that leads me to suspect it’s chrome plated. Chrome has a polished look and is consistent with the time. The griddle could be late 1920s but circa 1930-1940 with chrome plating seems more likely.

      Multiple layers of seasoning will be needed to cover the sheen. But, you’ll get there.

      Sounds like fun, enjoy your griddle.

      • I bought what I think is a Griddle has a raised up cross and says Griswold in a circle has #8 and ERIE738 A and I think a spider logo on the handle….I gave 25 cents for this what would be the value ?Thank you so much

        • Hi Elizabeth

          Wow, it sounds like you’ve found a bargain. You can check the sold listings on eBay for selling prices. But there’s no question it’s worth more than .25c. The spider logo is very interesting, and I’d love to see a picture.

          If you have time to send through a picture, here’s my email

          Cheers Liz, well done on your purchase.

  5. Hi there, I’ve got a #8 large block letter Dutch Oven with bail and an aluminum “Griswold” branded drippings “tray” or whatever it’s called. I don’t know if that’s original to this piece or not. The bottom markings match those of the 1930-39 skillet pic. 1278C. The lid fits tight, and has 3 concentric rings and an “8” cast into this inside of the lid. There is a faint cross in circle as well. I bought it an antique shop around 15 years ago, and it must have seemed reasonably priced. I was thriftier then… The metal on the exterior seems just shy of perfect, but the inside needs attention. It looks like someone seriously burned the contents then tried to scrape it out with a screwdriver 😬. Since the exterior looks so good I don’t want to burn all of the seasoning off. But that may ultimately be the best choice. I will try vinegar and elbow grease first!

    I’ve also got an old #8 unbranded Wagner, marked with the “8” on the top of the handle, “10 1/2 INCH SKILLET” and “D” below that, and “D” again on the underside of the handle. I foolishly gave away the other two sizes which nested inside this skillet, but at least they went to a guy who also appreciates cast iron. The #8 is unfortunately warped and spins on my induction cooktop. I have read how to repair it, and I’m frankly not in a hurry to wang on it with a wood block and hammer! Its cooking surface is smooth and seasoned, and it still works as is of course. I would love to use it more, but the new range is worth considerably more than this old pan! So I may be on the hunt for a flatter vintage piece.

    Great site, lots of info here!

    • Hi Woody

      Thanks for getting in touch, and I’m really pleased you are enjoying the site.

      It sounds like you’re a cast iron enthusiast like myself and many of the readers. And it’s neat to hear how other enthusiasts come about ironware and what pieces everyone has. I’d trust your identification, it sounds like you are quite knowledgable on vintage ironware.

      I also use an induction hob over here in Japan. Fingers crossed it remains scratch-free. But I’ve let the kettle run dry a could of times, resulting in a terrible mess.

      But if you have your eye on a flat skillet, go for it. I think you can get a silicone mats/liners to protect induction cooktops from scratches, I should really pick one up myself.

      Cheers Woods

  6. Hi!
    I love this website, all the information is very interesting. I found a Griswold chicken fryer at the swap shack at my dump today. It has only a faint small cross in the center, not italic…no other markings are visible as it has a lot of patina, I guess you would say….should I burn it off in the oven to see more or is that dangerous for the pan in any way?

    • Also, I think it might have directly been put into a fire, not sure, but it def has a lot of black on it….not too much though. I have seen far worse. It’s flat bottomed and sadly the handle has no number either, but maybe the chicken fryers didn’t?

      • Hi Emily

        Thanks for your question, and I’m happy you’ve enjoyed the site.

        It sounds like you’re familiar with cast-iron, and I’d go with your instincts and burn off the seasoning in the oven. It’s a gentle way to remove the seasoning. However, as you know, it can be very smokey. So I would try to scrape off as much gunk as possible before putting your pan in the oven.

        Fingers crossed the fryer wasn’t used on a campfire. But because of the high temperature of frying, many vintage chicken fryers have a slight rock anyway. Chicken fryers seem to be universally a number 8 across the old manufacturers.

        Have fun restoring your pan to its former glory, it sounds like a great weekend project.

    • Hi Monica

      I’m really happy you could identify your Griswold using this guide. Hope you found it useful.

      Enjoy your vintage hollowware.

    • Hi Michael

      Thanks for sending in your question

      I believe the Griswold Santa and Rabbit molds were produced in the 1940s-1950s. If your molds are original they could be worth a pretty penny. Unfortunately, there are reproductions made after 1960.

  7. My Mom is giving me an Erie No 8 Dutch oven/chicken fryer. It has two small handles. I’m trying to date it, but there are no references to Dutch ovens or chicken fryers. There are no other markings outside of the “ERIE” and 8. Any idea as to when this was produced?

    • Hi Curtis

      Thanks for getting in touch. I hope to add information on antique Dutch Ovens in the future.

      But let’s try to give an estimate on your Erie Dutch Oven. It sounds like a Dutch Oven rather than a chicken fryer. Chicken fryers like a deeper version of a regular skillet.

      You’re very lucky to get your hands on an old Erie Dutch Oven and it sound like an early one too. The original lid should be flat rather than domed. But from your description and no mention of a bail handle, I’d say your oven is circa 1890-1910.

      Hey, I hope this helps, and enjoy your old Erie.

  8. My father-in-law gave me a Griswold size 7 “Erie” with heat-ring, he had hanging around. It is pretty rusty. How do I get all the rust off and season it back to its old glory?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Roman

      You have a very generous father-in-law. I hope he was able to pass on the history of the pan to you.

      If your pan is just a little rusty you might be able to restore it with some steel wool and a vinegar-water solution. Youtube has some very good videos. Type “how to restore cast iron with vinegar”. I’ll get around to doing my own eventually, but my little Japanese apartment isn’t quite set up for restoring cast-iron.

      Please be gentle with your Erie skillet and avoid power tools at all costs and then just season with a little oil. You see a lot people recommending flaxseed oil, but I think it flakes too easily. Any old vegetable oil will do.

      Good luck with your restoring project.

      Have fun.

  9. I just inherited a Griswold block logo number 9, but apart from the bottom of the pan, and half of the interior that are both black from cooking, my pan looks silver. I’ve never seen a silver cast iron before. Is this unusual?

    • Hi Daina

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It sounds like the skillet has gone to a loving home.

      It’s not unusual to see shiny or silvery skillets. Your skillet is probably plated in chrome or nickel. It often sounds scary to those new to vintage cast-iron. But nickel and chromium are both used today to produce stainless steel. Just like stainless steel chrome and nickel were used to prevent corrosion and the iron rusting.

      Hope this helps and enjoy your number 9

  10. Mine says GRISWOLD’S “ERIE” 701B and is a family heirloom. The cooking surface is fine but the exterior is heavily caked with carbonized stuff. I figure that’s probably not too healthy. How does one clean the exterior safely?

    • Hi Chuck

      Thanks for getting in touch

      You’re very lucky to have a Griswold’s “Erie” as an heirloom piece. I don’t see them come up for sale that often.

      There’s several different methods on removing buildup. However, electrolysis is one of the preferred methods among collectors. But this takes time and potentially a little outlay. And it’s also a lot of work for one piece. The easy-off method and burning the seasoning off in the oven probably makes the most sense for a single pan.

      But methods both are not without their drawbacks. The easy-off method requires you to spray your skillet with harsh chemicals and the other will temperately smoke out the house. Choose a fine day so you can have your windows wide open if you go with this option.

      Type in “How to remove seasoning from cast iron” on YouTube. There are some very good videos you can use as tutorials. But whatever method you prefer, please avoid using power tools on your vintage ironware.

      Good luck and have fun with your restoration project.

  11. Loved your article and it sure did help to identify. The skillet I have looks to be one made in the 1940’s with the small block lettered logo and Erie under it. My question is you didn’t mention anything about the skillet being hammered. Mine is hammered. Are most of the skillets hammered and you just didn’t mention it and I’m just a dummy 😊?

    • Hello Kate

      Thanks for your question and it a great one too.

      Well done dating your skillet using the logo and I can confirm your skillet was probably made in the 1940s. Hammered Griswold ironware is very collectible and quite scarce. So you’re very lucky. On your skillet you’ll see a tab opposite the handle. This was designed for a hinged lid.

      Cheers for your question, enjoy your Griswold

  12. Hello — I was really happy to find your site! It has a lot of great information on it. I was wondering about two pans I got from my mom which I think may have been her mother’s. One is marked ERIE in big block letters with the number 9 with no other markings, the other is approximately 5″ across the base and the bottom says ERIE PA and has some sort of round logo in the center but it’s indecipherable (it’s well well used). I was wondering if you could tell me something about them. I love them very much — the small one always sat on our stove when I was growing up. My father cooked his eggs in them every morning! Thank you very much for any information you can give me about them.

    • Hi Michelle

      Thanks for your contact and it’s always nice to hear from owners with heirloom pieces. And I’m sure your mother and grandmother are so happy you’re looking after their antique cookware.

      You might have noticed from the article Erie cast iron was made by the Griswold Manufacturing Company. These pans can be separated into different series by the style of the handle, logo design and pattern number. It’s interesting your Erie has no other numbers or markings. It sounds like you could have a first or second series Erie skillet. If you do, you’re very lucky and your pan could be circa 1880-1892. I’m hoping to get around to adding information about Erie skillets when I finally get some free time.

      Your other skillet is harder to identify without but it sounds like a Griswold skillet with a small logo. These skillets have different handles but for a date of manufacture you’re looking at circa 1939-1957.

      Hope this helps, enjoy your vintage ironware.

  13. Hi! have enjoyed the information. I have a Griswold with a heat ring, size 12. With a smaller logo-straight letters in the middle. ERIE PA under that, and 719.
    I would assume the manufacturing date is 1939 to 1957 because of logo, but it also has a heat ring.

    • Hi Barbara

      Thanks for your question

      I’m really happy you have enjoyed the article. And it sounds like you have correctly identified your skillet. Because your skillet has a small logo with heat ring we can narrow the date of manufacture. I believe your skillet is around 1939-1944. So great spotting,

      I hope this helps and enjoy your vintage Griswold.

  14. Hi there,
    I was wondering about identifying Dutch ovens. Would a slant logo Dutch oven with no heat ring date similarly to a skillet? Do same rules apply for aging? i.e., without heat ring circa 1929 and after?
    There are no markings on outside of lid.

    Thanks, you’ve obviously put a lot of work into this site and have some great info.


    • Hi Sabra

      Thanks for the question and kind words. I’m really pleased you have found the article useful.

      You should be able to get a rough estimate on the age of your Griswold Dutch oven by looking at the logo. These old Dutch don’t have a heat ring but we can look at the logo and markings on the lid for a possible date of manufacture. Your lid doesn’t have raised lettering which is an indication of an earlier model. I suspect this slant logo without E.P.U. marking is circa 1906-1916.

      Cheers, I hope this helps.

  15. I’m so glad that I found this site. I easily discovered information about my new 6 inch small logo Griswold.( just a good cooker lol)
    I have a question about seasoning, I have several of my grandmother’s skillets with heavy seasoning that has become very uneven. Does it affect value to lye strip and re-season these pans so that I feel comfortable using them? While I will never part with them I sure don’t want to devalue them either.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Bryan

      Thanks for the getting in touch.

      I’m sure your grandmother would be so pleased you’re going to restore her old skillets.

      Electrolysis and lye are two preferred methods with cast-iron enthusiasts to remove old seasoning. Lye should munch away at the old seasoning but leave the iron surface undamaged.

      You might have seen restoration videos removing rust using vinegar, this is where you’ll need to keep an eye on the time to avoid pitting. You’ll also see videos using power tools, this will drastically reduce the value of your pans. Best to keep them in original condition.

      Hope this helps and have fun with your restoration project.

  16. I have a number 8 (12 o’clock position) Griswold slant within the cross/double circle with ERIE (no quotation marks) underneath 704 H. It also has a heat ring. Please let me know the approximate year of manufacture.

    • Hi Vince

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      There are several variations of the Griswold slant logo. But from your description it sounds like your skillet is circa 1906-1929. So, it’s an old-timer. And you’re very lucky, slant logos are highly sought-after by enthusiasts.

      Hope this points you in the right direction and enjoy your vintage Griswold.

  17. I have a Griswold, name is within a cross and double circle, underneath is Erie, PA, under that is 704 and under that is J, just wondering about the age, it’s by far my favorite skillet

    • Hi Denise

      Thanks for your question.

      You’re welcome to double check and compare your skillet with the examples in the article. However, it sounds like your Griswold has a smooth bottom and a small logo. These great pans were made circa 1939-1957. I’m really happy you’re enjoying your old skillet and being part of the cast iron community.

      Cheers, happy cooking.

  18. I just bought a #8 small logo nickle or chrome plated Griswold and cannot find any info on this. Do you have any info, thanks

    • Hi Kelli

      Congratulations on your purchase I hope you’re getting a lot of use from your skillet.

      From my understanding Griswold manufactured their regular cast iron and their plated skillets at the same time. So we can use the logo to get an idea when your skillet was made. Small Logo with a subtle heat ring around the edge your skillet was made circa 1939-1944. However, if your skillet has a smooth bottom and either a scooped or grooved handle then I’d place circa 1944-1957.

      Cheers, hope this helps

  19. Thank you for the effort into this article I was able to learn a lot about the series 3 #8 I recently picked up from and old friend. The question I have is concerning the hooked R on this pan and if there has been any insight as to why or how long it was used? Thank you again and have a great day


    • Hi Jason

      Thanks for your question.

      It sounds like your friend knows their stuff about vintage cast iron.

      From my understanding series 3 Erie skillets were manufactured between Circa 1892-1905. During this time you’re likely to see a few slight variations. Including the letter R with a little flick at the end.

      It’s really fun to speculate. Did they start to hook the R at the end of the series 3 production? Series 4 is known as the artistic Erie so maybe someone at Griswold wanted to be a little more creative and add a little flare.

      Whatever the reason, it’s some pretty cool iron. You’re very lucky to have a piece of cast iron history.

      Enjoy your skillet

  20. What a great resource!

    I have a pan that doesn’t seem to fit any of the descriptions though. I’m betting it’s one of the newer ones and I’m just curious. My Uncle bought it from an antique shop in New Mexico and it has sentimental value just because if that.

    It has the cross in a circle Griswold logo in the middle, the. 11 1/4 INCH SKILLET under that and MADE IN USA under that.

    No other markings and nothing above the Griswold logo at all. Like I said, I bet it’s one of the very last made, but it cooks like a dream and never leaves thr stove top!

    • Hi Royal

      Thanks for your kind words and I’m really pleased you’ve found the resource useful.

      I’d say your Griswold was made post 1957 so you’re right-on point with it being a later pan. The missing Erie P.A. marking is a telltale sign it wasn’t made in the Griswold foundry. Instead it was probably made in the Wagner foundry Circa 1957-1960s.

      Hope this helps and it’s fantastic you’re proudly displaying and getting lots of use out of your family heirloom.

      • Thanks Boonie! I have a skillet similar to Royal’s, but slightly different, It’s a #9. Smooth bottom, small GRISWOLD logo, no slant, and beneath the logo it says “11 1/4 INCH SKILLET”. However, unlike Royal’s, it does not say “made in USA” underneath that, but far below it near the edge is a symbol that appears to be the german letter Eszett – it looks like a capital B, but somewhat like the lower case Greek letter beta. The same symbol is on the underside of the handle. Maybe it’s just an English capital B – letters in cast iron aren’t always the most precise.

        • Hi Todd

          Thanks for adding to the conversation and giving a detailed description of your skillet. It really helps readers identify their skillets. And I think you’re spot on. You have a Griswold made with a Wagner mold.

  21. Hello! Your website is a great resource, thanks so much! I looked over your description of each type of Griswold logo etc. to figure out the age of my Griswold Dutch Oven. It has number 9 on top, then beneath it the slanted Griswold logo in a cross and circle around it, then below “ERIE” (this includes the quotation marks) and finally beneath that 834 C.

    The bottom of the Dutch Oven is smooth, no ring. The accompanying lid has the 9, the same slanted Griswold logo, beneath that ERIE (not in quotation marks), and then at the bottom 2552. I’m not interested in the value, as I want to keep it, but would love to know within what time range it was made.

    Any thoughts? Thank you so much!

    • Hi John

      Thank for the question. I’m really pleased you want to keep and use your Dutch Oven. You have an early oven too. Usually I see Griswold ovens with a block logo and EPU. The Slant logo without EPU was made earlier and I place it around 1906-1916. So it’s a real old-timer but I bet it cooks just as well as any modern oven.

      Happy cooking

  22. Hi there, some years ago my mother gave me a cast-iron skillet. I’ve been using it increasingly and at this point use it so often that it sits on my stove 24/7 because I don’t see the point in hauling it up from a cabinet.

    I’ve taken off the seasoning and re-seasoned it the last couple of days and grew curious about its origins. In looking at your guide it seems to be an #8 Griswold slant logo with E.P.U and heat ring circa 1909-1929. I wondered if the additional markings “704M” with a small “dot” just under the “7” would help narrow the date rang at all???

    When I asked my mother where it came from, she said she thought it had been her grandmother’s skillet. So, that makes sense with the time frame but didn’t help narrow it down at all. All in all, pretty cool to be the 4th generation cooking in this pan 🙂

    Thanks for the great guide!

    • Hi Megan

      Thanks for sharing and I’m so happy you’re enjoying your grandmothers skillet. Fourth generation owner is truly amazing but it also sounds like your skillet is in good hands.

      I’m glad you could use the guide to date and identify your Griswold. Yes, I think you can use the mold letter to narrow the date of manufacture. As to how much I’m uncertain but it’s safe to assume it was made in the middle to the latter half of the manufacturing period. So your skillet could have been made in the Roaring Twenties. Very cool.

      Hope this helps and enjoy using your family heirloom.

  23. Boonie, I’ve located a Griswold, 8, #777, has cast iron skillet 8 , or chicken pan, Erie Pa U S A
    Wondering mfg date and value?

    • Hi Doc

      Thanks for getting in contact.

      Griswold Manufacturing made the #777 chicken pan in both large and small logo.

      From your description the pan sounds like it has the more desired large block logo with EPU. These pans in good condition are not cheap. Collectors will look for pans with a lid and if it sits flat. Because these fryers are often subject to high temperatures, many pans will rock or have movement. A Chicken Pan with Large block EPU logo was made circa 1930-1939.

      Hope this helps

  24. I have a large block letter smooth bottom 8″ # 726 skillet that was my mother in laws. It has a wooden handle. I can’t seem to find any information on it other than probably made between 1930-1939. Any info?

    • Hi Paul

      Thanks for sending in a question.

      I’m sure your mother-in-law is overjoyed that you are researching her skillet. You’re right, looking at the logo on the pan should give estimate of the age.

      Despite the scarcity, Griswold manufactured skillets with a wooden handle for a long period of time. And they were manufactured between 1890s-1940. I agree with your estimation, it sounds like your skillet was made between 1930-1939.

      Thanks for getting in touch and enjoy your vintage pan.


  25. Hi Boonie,
    I have a Griswold 9, 710, large block with EPU. It’s well seasoned with a lot of build up on the outside. Not uncommon. What is, though, is the extremely high polished or plated appearance. At first glance it looks like high polished steel. I don’t see this type of finish in any of the pictures I’ve seen. Any thought’s?
    Great site, learned a lot.

    • Hi Tom

      Thanks for your question and I’m really happy you’ve enjoyed the site.

      It not uncommon to see plated Griswold cast iron. And from your description it sounds like your skillet could be chrome plated.

      Nickel has a softer and sometimes yellow appearance, while chrome is highly polished. The use of chrome also coincides with Griswold using the large block logo. Often on plated cast iron the chrome or nickel has worn off over the years of use and cleaning and it’s rare to find one with perfect plating.

      I hope this helps and enjoy using your vintage ironware.

      • Hi Boonie
        Great Website, I’ve been collecting for 50 yrs.
        And have 2 many pans to count lol
        Have an Erie Pan #8 with an arrow pointing at center of pan. It has a mirror surface and heavy suet on the bottom. I love these pans and have cooked over wood for years. True history of use. See an arrow Erie before?

        • Hi Michael

          It’s great to hear from another collector like yourself, and I’m pleased you enjoy the site.
          Hoping to grow the site slowly and move to old-time recipes. Needless to say, using some vintage ironware.
          I’m very envious of your Erie pan. It sounds like a second series Erie.

          You’re very lucky.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.


  34. 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

  35. 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)

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.


  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

    • Hi we picked a really cool Griswold pot with an orange lid and black handle . It’s marked with the cross and circle with Griswold in the cross and a small R with a circle around the R. It also has 2QT and 92 on it . Was is the piece used for and what’s it value? We plan to use it as an ice bucket. Thanks for any info

      • Hi Michael

        Thanks for getting in touch.

        As someone who enjoys vintage cookware your piece is very exciting. Unfortunately, I don’t touch valuations, But I believe you have a piece of modern cookware from the 1960s, designed by Peter Muller-Munk.

        Very cool

  46. 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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