Vintage cast iron. How to identify Sidney Hollowware cast iron.

Sidney Hollowware Cast iron skillet.

How to identify Sidney Hollowware Cast iron.

Sidney Hollowware Co, has to be one of my favourite companies that made cast-iron cookware. The cast iron, tends to have very few molding imperfections and is smooth on both the interior and the exterior. Unfortunately is company is not as well known as Griswold or Wagner Ware and only manufactured cast iron for a short period of time.

Looking for a light pan then it’s hard to look past Sidney Hollowware.

It must have been standard practice to cast iron thinner back then. Sidney skillets are great if you’re looking for a lighter pan but without the price of an early Wagner cast iron skillet or Griswold skillet. However, larger skillets in good condition are highly collectable and can command some healthy prices.

English breakfast cooking in a vintage cast-iron skillet

If you have any Sidney Hollowware cast iron, then your’e lucky, they only manufactured cookware between 1888-1897.

Sidney Hollow Ware Co. had their foundry based in Sidney Ohio and only made cast iron cookware between 1888-1897. I reckon you’re lucky if you have old an old Sidney Hollowware skillet in your possession. There aren’t too many of these pieces around.

They’re more scarce than Wagner and Griswold cast iron and rarely come up on online auction sites, so keep an eye out for them. I also have an interesting article find you want to learn more about the history of the Sidney click the link below.

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Each piece made by Sidney Hollowware had either one of two logos. However, both of the logos have an old world charm from a bygone era. They really look great. If you’re looking for a vintage pan, these old-timers are really good looking.

The Sidney Hollowware logos.

1. Sidney O logo script lettering.

Sidney Hollow Ware script logo identification
I really love the script logo. How about you?
Vintage Sidney Hollowware skillet

The script logo is considered the older of the two logos. This logo is quite beautiful and also simple. This logo is embossed with the word “Sidney” followed by “0″ for Ohio and the lettering is in a cursive writing style.

2. The Sidney Hollowware Co, logo (block printed lettering).

The second logo is called the block logo which has the full company name which was either straight or in an arc shape. Both had Sidney the 0 place in middle. This logo has an “Old West” look to it. 

Sidney Hollowware with block lettering

The Sidney Logo Confusion.

There is another Sidney cast iron logo which is often confused with Sidney Hollowware. This logo is considered to made under the ownership of Wagner Ware which bought-out Sidney Hollowware Co, in 1897.

If you’re looking for a true Sidney Hollowware piece then look for the script logo. But those Wagner skillets that were made in the Sidney foundry are extremely well made.

Sidney cast iron made by Wagner
Photo credit to Lanny Wadle

Some more terms used you may come across. “Pre Wagner” and “made by Wagner”. 

Online Sidney cast iron maybe described as “Pre Wanger” or “Made by Wagner.” This is really referring to the different logos mentioned above. This is to correctly identify Sidney Hollowware cast-iron from Wagner produced cast iron.

Sidney Hollowware used the script logo under the ownership of Phillip Smith. While Wagner used “Sidney” block lettering

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If you want to buy a piece of Sidney cast iron please check the logo carefully before deciding to purchase. Understandably those selling one or two pieces of cast iron may label it incorrectly. 

Sidney Hollow Ware skillet with fancy logo
Look for the Sidney logo written in script to identify the cast-iron made by Sidney Hollow Ware Co.

Is Sidney Hollowware ware collectable? 

While people value Wagner cast iron and Griswold cast iron more highly for their collectability. Sidney Hollowware is still very collectable also pieces are harder to come by. They made some really nice iron which you can be proud of.

The logos also have that old world wow factor that look wonderful. I really enjoy my Sidney skillets.

You might want to consider Sidney Hollowware only manufactured cookware from 1888-1897. So while Griswold and Wagner maybe more more well known as quality vintage iron and there is a lot more iron around. Sidney Hollowware on the other hand would is more scarce and less information is documented on the company. 

Two vintage Sidney Hollowware cast-iron skillets

Did Sidney Hollowware make good cast iron?

Sidney Hollow Ware seemed to cast their iron very well. With very smooth cooking surfaces and exteriors. The iron made is lighter than today’s cast-iron cookware. How light are Sidney  skillets? Well, like many of the vintage cast-iron manufactures there is a noticeable difference with cast-iron cookware made today.

However, vintage cast iron may have imperfections from piece to piece so they have lots of character. Wapak Hollow Ware tends to have more casting flaws. However those characteristics are what really make vintage cast iron fascinating. 

Things to consider with Sidney cast iron. 

  • Check the logo carefully before you buy.
  • Older pans such as Sidney Hollowware are lighter than other iron. Lighter pans are more prone to warping and the iron may rock or wobble on a flat surface.
  • Thin pans can warp easily. Preheat your skillet on a lower temperature first.
  • Check to see or the if the iron sits flat. Ask if there is any movement when pressing down on the edges. 
  • Is the iron shiny? Many Sidney Hollow Ware pieces maybe plated with nickel.

Vintage Sidney Hollowware skillet cooking a fried breakfast

Our final thoughts.

I have tried my best to research and to give accurate information. The guide is to the best of my knowledge. I’m are no-means an expert in the field of cast iron but rather a keen hobbyist. 

However, as an owner of a small collection of cast iron I can say that Sidney Hollowware is incredible. Many of these pieces are still usable today as they were all those years ago.

If you come across a piece for sale it may pay to take a second look. If you’re thinking about selling a family heirloom I’d think about keeping it in the family. After all you don’t come across these old pieces everyday.

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