Identify Rare And Hard To Find Griswold Cast Iron

Rare Griswold Cast Iron

If you are an experienced cast iron collector, you know some Griswold cast iron is rarer than others. However, for those unfamiliar with Griswold cast iron, you might think that small skillets and unusual pieces hold no value. So in this article, you can learn about hard-to-find and rare Griswold cast iron with the circle cross logo.

I hope to highlight vintage Griswold cast iron that people might find in their attics and basements and discount as non-collectible. Do you have a tiny Griswold skillet or a lid without a pot? Well, don’t throw it away because it could be sought-after by collectors. 

Table of contents

  • What is rare Griswold ironware?
  • Does scarcity equal valuable?
  • Small size skillets
  • Large sizes skillets
  • Less common Griswold cookware
  • Lids and Chicken Fryers
  • Final thoughts

Rare Griswold cast iron

Griswold Cast Iron From The Commercial Line | Waffle Irons and Large skillets

Some of the most scarce Griswold cast iron is from the commercial line. The Griswold size 20 double-handled skillet, commonly known as the Griswold hotel skillet, is one example of the commercial grade. Griswold undoubtedly produced several products for industrial and commercial use, such as waffle irons. These pieces rarely come into the market. But when they do, they can attract lots of interest from collectors.

Rare Griswold cast iron includes non-kitchen items 

However, Griswold also made non-kitchen goods such as letterboxes and umbrella stands. These items are some of the rarest and most sought-after pieces by collectors. Also, spittoons or cuspidors are some of the more rare pieces of Griswold cast iron available. Spittoons are not pleasant, but I’m sure there’s a collector who would be happy if you rescued it.

Does rare Griswold cast iron equal valuable pieces?

Although I hope you rescue any pieces of Griswold ironware from the scrapheap, I have to say not all rare Griswold ironware holds a lot of monetary value. For example, cast iron skillets can sell for a lot of money. Griddles have lesser buyer demand. And items such as tobacco cutters may be hard to sell.

However, some pieces such as scoops and rare Griswold gems pans that you would expect to hold not to have much usability are highly sought-after with collectors. So hold on to them if you find them in the junk drawer, and you can research them later.

Here are some reasons Griswold cast iron can be so expensive

Rare Griswold cast iron skillets

Small sizes can be hard to find. Look for Griswold size 2 and 4 skillets

Griswold skillets size number 2

It may be a little surprising to find, but small Griswold skillets are some of the rarest and most valuable. Keep an eye open for Griswold number 2 and 4 skillets. These were uncommon sizes back in the day, and consumers preferred size numbers 3, 5, 8, and 9. 

Undoubtedly people may overlook the size number 2 because they are so small. So it’s important to rescue these pieces.

Look for Griswold size two skillets with the following logos

Griswold LogoHeat RingScarcity
Slant logo with ERIEYESRare
Slant logo with ERIE PA, U.S.A.YESRare
Block logo with ERIE PA, U.S.A.YESExtremely Rare
The Slant logo with ERIE PA, U.S.ANORare
Block logo with ERIE PA, U.S.ANORare

Griswold size four skillets

The Griswold number 4 skillet is also a rare piece of cast iron. But not to the same extent as the number 2. The number 4 is between two popular skillet sizes, numbers 3 and 5. So it is likely Griswold produced fewer of these skillets, and this makes it challenging for collectors wanting to complete a full set

Griswold produced the number 4 with the following logos 

Griswold LogoHeat RingScarcity
Slant logo with ERIE YESRare
Slant logo with ERIE PA, U.S.A.YESRare
Block logo with ERIE PA, U.S.A.YESRare
Block logo with ERIE PA, U.S.ANOHard To Find
Small logo with ERIE PANOUncommon

If you are not sure what the Griswold small logo looks like, then take a look at this article.

Rare Griswold sizes
Griswold skillets sizes 2 and 4 are some of the hardest to find.

Rare Large Griswold skillets | Look for the following sizes 13, 14, and 20

The large Griswold skillets between 10-14 are highly collectible. But the size numbers 13, 14, and 20 are the hardest to find. Large skillets in good condition have a large buyer pool, and they attract the attention of both cast iron enthusiasts and home cooks.

Luckily for us, many of the larger skillets were treasured over the years. And despite their scarcity, it’s not uncommon to see large skillets in excellent condition. Collectors will love to own any large Griswold skillet, but the preferred choice among enthusiasts is the harder to find Griswold slant logo.

Griswold LogoSizeHeat RingScarcity
Slant logo with ERIE13,14YESVery Rare
Slant logo with ERIE PA, U.S.A.13,14YESVery Rare
Block logo with ERIE PA, U.S.A.13,14,20YES13 Extremely Rare
14 Hard to Find
20 Rare
Griswold Skillet 14
B.D. Frady from DWF Texas sent a photo of his huge Griswold 14 for us to enjoy.

Hard to Find Griswold Cast Iron

Griswold Chicken Fryers and Lids

If you find an old chicken fry covered in gunk, please don’t throw it away. These old pieces are sought-after, particularly if it comes with a lid. Griswold chicken fryers with a large logo or a hammered finish also attract the attention of cast iron collectors. 

Unfortunately, many deep skillets are in poor condition due to the higher temperatures used when frying. And it is common for these pots to have a warp and or spin on a flat surface. 

Warping decreases the value of the pan. And you can read this article if you want to learn other factors that affect the value of Griswold skillets.

Griswold Lids

In a spring clean, you may come across a miscellaneous Griswold lid. Griswold lids are surprisingly scarce, and you would make a Griswold collector happy if you put it up for sale. Griswold covers with raised wording are favored.

However, collectors have no problem mismatching lids to fit their cookware. And often, the covers are rarer and hold more value than the pot itself. So hold on to them if you find them.

Lesser-known rare Griswold cast iron

Although this article is for those with little cast-iron knowledge, I have found an increasing number of cast iron enthusiasts coming to the site. So here are a few pieces of rare Griswold cast iron for those already familiar with vintage ironware.

Griswold Loaf Pan

If you are want to add a rare piece of cast iron to your collection, look no further than the Griswold Loaf pan. These pans rarely come on to the market. So if you see one in a garage sale, you should pounce on it quickly. Griswold also made a lid for these pans, but most of the pans I’ve seen are without a cover. 

Griswold Cast Iron Loaf Pan
Here is rare Griswold Loaf Pan. Find one with a lid is especially difficult.

Griswold Shallow skillets

Shallow skillets are a cross between a skillet and a griddle. So it’s no surprise that these skillets are also named skillet griddle. Griswold manufactured several versions over the years, and they deserve a separate article highlighting the differences. 

In the meantime, keep an eye out for the characteristic three holes in the handle. But check the back because other foundries such as Wagner, Sidney Hollow Ware, and Wapak also produced shallow skillets with the same design.

Slant logo skillets with smooth bottom

This pan often goes under the radar on the marketplace, but I think it belongs in the collection of every Grtiswold collector. While the pans do not command the higher price tag of the more recognized pieces, they are certainly less common than a large block logo on smooth bottom skillets. 

Another reason the Griswold slant logo on smooth bottom skillets is scarce is these skillets only come in sizes 2,3,5, 8, and 9. 

To learn more about the different Griswold logos, click on this link for an in-house article. 

Final thoughts

If you come across any vintage cast iron, hold on to it and find out what it is before throwing it away. Even if the cookware is in poor condition, it could be worth restoring. Some Griswold cast iron is rarer than other pieces. Size and the type of cookware are two significant factors when determining rarity. 

Lids are rare not because they are scarce. But from the demand of both collectors and Griswold owners that want covers for their Griswold cookware.

Keep an eye out for those hard-to-find pieces. You never know what you can find when you start looking.

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