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Antique Wagner cast iron skillet cooking Okonomiyaki

Identify and date your Wagner cast iron cookware using logos. Also, learn the fascinating history of Wagner Manufacturing.

Wagner cast iron cookware is regarded by many as some of the finest examples of 19th and 20th century cast iron. And much of the cast iron is over 100 years old and still very usable today. These antique pans are sought-after by enthusiasts and those preferring vintage cast iron to newer pans. But identifying and dating these old Wagner Ware Sidney -o- pans can be tricky.

So, with this article, I hope to help you and other proud owners identify and give an estimate on the age of your cookware. You can also learn the history of your cast iron manufactured by the Wagner Manufacturing Company.

Here is what you can find in this article.

  1. Wagner cast iron “why is it so collectible?”
  2. Learn the history of the Wagner Manufacturing Company.
  3. Where you can buy Wagner cast iron.
  4. Considerations when purchasing Wagner cast iron cookware.
  5. How you can identify and date antique Wagner cast iron using trademarks and logos.
  6. Final thoughts on collecting vintage Wagner Ware cast iron.

But first, here is a quick look at the Wagner Manufacturing Company.

Background to Wagner Manufacturing cast iron.


Milton M. Wagner and Bernard P. Wagner

Operational dates

The foundry in Sidney operated from 1891-1959


Wagner was located in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio

Product line

Wagner was one of the largest American manufacturers of cast iron products in the 20th century.

Their product line included: skillets, kettles, bean pots, Dutch Ovens, roasters, fruit presses, scoops, broilers, Griddles, waffle irons, muffin pans, and cornbread pans.

The company also had a range of aluminum cookware.

Wagner brands

Wagner used different logos and had a range of budget-friendly brands.

Wagner labeled their cookware under the following names:
Wagner, Wagner Ware Sidney -o-, Wagner Ware, National, Long Life, Magnalite, Wardway, and Ward’s Cast Iron

Signature products

Wagner is best known for the Sidney -O- range of skillets and Dutch Ovens.

Reason for closure

The reason for the closure of the foundry came from two fronts.

Firstly, the Wagner family sold their interests in the company in 1953 and was ownership transferred to the Randell Company.

Secondly, the company struggled financially because of a drop in sales.
This was due to two World Wars, the Great Depression, the development of new cookware materials, and the increase of lower-priced imports from Asia.

Wagner after buyout

In 1957 the Randall Company purchased long-term competitor Griswold from McGraw Edison.

The Randall Company was sold to Textron Corp in 1959.

Textron was sold to General Housewares Corporation in 1969.

In 1994 production of Wagner Ware ended.
Wagner Manufacturing Company History
Picture of the Wagner Manufacturing Company. Also, note the wording you’re likely to find on Wagner cookware.

Why is Wagner cast iron collectible?

Super smooth cooking surface.

Wagner cast iron is highly collectible. Like most antique cast iron, Wagner manufactured high-quality cookware for their entire range of cast iron products. 

Unlike, Wapak cast iron ironware that often has characteristic casting flaws. Wagner cast iron tends to have few casting flaws resulting in very smooth cookware on both the interior and exterior of the cookware.

Wagner Ware Sidney O skillet on a table

Focus on quality

Imagine that workers would have worked on individual pieces of ironware. And machined smooth the interior and exterior of each pan. You can only see this level of detail in high-end cast iron cookware such as Le Creuset and Staub.

Today Le Creuset and Staub have the benefit of combining traditional and modern methods of manufacturing. However, for the workers at Wagner, to make cast iron cookware without casting flaws or bubbles. Must have taken great skill and attention to detail.

Wagner cast iron with two other antique cast iron skillets.

Wagner made a wide range of cast-iron cookware.

Sure, I think you can’t go wrong with an old Wagner cast iron skillet. It will serve you well for years, and they’re great fun to use. However, you may want to consider a Wagner Dutch oven. They are super smooth, and just like the skillets, they are reasonably priced. You can also buy cast iron muffin pans, which can be pretty cheap. But watch out for shipping costs that can increase to overall price drastically. Some of Wagner cast-iron cookware range includes:

  • Dutch ovens
  • Griddles
  • Gem pans
  • Waffle irons
  • Skillets

You can even collect Wagner cast iron cornbread pans that are in the shape of corn cobs. Wagner Manufacturing also produced aluminum cookware. Which must have seemed revolutionary for the time.

If you are looking for a vintage skillet, then Wagner skillets are a great choice. You can choose from sixteen different logos and trademarks or markings. I like pans with heat rings, while others may prefer a pan with a smooth base.

I think this wide selection makes Wagner cookware more collectible than other manufactures. Such as Vollrath and Martin Stove and Range, which manufactured a limited range of products.

Wagner cast iron skillet on a table. This skillet shows this Wagner Ware Sidney O logo

Wagner Manufacturing Company focused on quality over quantity.

Quality was a focus from the very start for Wagner Manufacturing Company. They even advertised to consumers this selling point. Old advertisements read; 

We do not strive to manufacture hollowware as cheaply as possible but as good as it can be made. We cannot afford to put on the market ware that will not sustain our reputation. The name Wagner is cast on the bottom of each piece of ware.

Wagner Manufacturing Company History

Founders and foundry

Who founded Wagner Manufacturing?

Wagner Manufacturing Company was founded in 1891 by Milton M. and Bernard P. Wagner. However, two more Wagner brothers, Louis and William Wagner, joined the company in the following years.

Another key player in the foundation of the company was R. Bingham. Bingham previously worked at Marion Stove Company and the Sidney Manufacturing Company.
Where was Wagner cast iron and Wagner Ware made?The company was based in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio.

Although early cookware was simply stamped Wagner, later Wagner included Sidney O. in their cookware around 1895. The term Wagner Ware first appeared in the logo in the 1920s.
Black and White photo of William Wagner.
Willian Wagner the first President of the Wagner Manufacturing Company. Photo credit goes to the Shelby County Historical Society.

Nickel plating, aluminum, Magnalite were added to the Wagner product line.

Nickel-plated cast iron

To complement their cast iron range, Wagner added a nickel-plated range.

Unlike cast iron and copper pots, nickel plating does not react to acidic foods such as tomatoes which can taint food.

It’s easy to look past the development of nickel-plating. But, in the 19th-century bonding, two metals together would have required a lot of expertise in metal casting.

Aluminum cookware

Along with nickel-plated cast iron, the Wagner brothers in 1894 manufactured a line of aluminum cookware, and Wagner Manufacturing was one of the first companies to do so. 
Aluminum cookware exported to EuropeBy 1913, Wagner cast iron and aluminum products were selling in Europe.
In the 1930s, Wagner manufactured a cookware line with a patented aluminum alloy which they called Magnalite.
Great black and white photo of a Wagner Manufacturing Company sales truck
Wagner Manufacturing Company sales truck. Photo sourced from the Shelby County Historical Society.

Wagner Manufacturing buys their Sidney competition.

Wagner bought Sidney Hollowware Company. In 1897, Wagner bought the Sidney-based competitor Sidney Hollow Ware Co. from the founder and owner Phillip Smith.

Sidney Hollow Ware made very high-quality cast iron cookware that was extremely light and smooth. Sidney Hollow Ware Co. was also an early adopter of nickel-plating cast iron.

Why did Wagner buy Sidney Hollow Ware Company?

It was a brilliant idea to buy the Sidney Hollow Ware Company. After all, Wagner Manufacturing and Sidney competed in the same city and made comparable products.

However, it was common knowledge that Smith made a tidy profit from his original investment in the foundry. To run the Sidney Foundry, William H. Wagner joined the family business to oversee the operation.

Wagner sold Sidney Hollow Ware back to Phillip Smith.

In 1903 the Sidney Hollow Ware Company was sold back to the original founder Phillip Smith. Sadly due to health reasons, Phillip Smith did not reopen the foundry.
Sidney cast iron made by Wagner
Photo credit to Lanny Wadle.

Wagner introduces a new product line to stop a decline in sales.

The Great Depression


I have to take my hats off to Wagner because they introduced a new product line called Magnalite in one of the deepest recessions the world has ever seen.

Wagner Manufacturing was steadfast in making only quality products. For this reason, the cookware is collected and highly usable to this day.
The sales decline
Although Magnalite was introduced to stop falling sales at Wagner Manufacturing, it was not due to their product range.

Magnalite was hugely popular, but it could not offset the effect of the worldwide recession.

From 1929-1941, the US was in the grips of what we now call the Great Depression. Therefore it was not only Wagner. But many foundries struggled financially to survive. Many didn’t.
Wager Ware Sidney O skillet and two Sidney hollow ware skillets

The family sells their interest in the foundry.

Wagner family sells the company to Randall Corp.

Wagner Manufacturing Co. lasted longer than many foundries. However, in 1952 Wagner was sold to the Randall Company. Unbelievably the Randall Company was a car parts manufacturer.
Textron buys Randall
In 1959, the company was sold again. This time to a company called Textron. Textron also purchased Griswold Manufacturing Company.

At this time, it is considered production of Wagner Ware stopped. Wagner cast iron pans made after this date are currently considered not as collectible.
General House Wares
General Housewares Corporation in 1969 buys the rights of Griswold and Wagner.
Is Wagner Ware still made?
With the world rediscovering cast iron cookware, will we see Wagner Ware skillets manufactured again?

General Houses Ware stopped the manufacture of Wagner Ware 1994.

However, there is a glimmer of hope for Wagner Ware. In 2014 American Culinary bought both the Wagner and Griswold trademarks.

So fingers crossed cast-iron fans, one day they may decide to manufacture Wagner cast iron again.

Where can you get your hands on some Wagner Ware?

  • grandparents (best deal and great to keep your heritage in the family)
  • antique stores (check online to compare the store price)
  • garage sales (rescue those poor skillets from the tip)
  • flea markets (search the markets for hidden gems)
  • online (largest selection available, however, asking prices can vary greatly)
Wagner Ware cast iron skillet cooking traditional Japanese food

Buying considerations before you buy antique Wagner Ware

There is plenty of Wagner cast iron around, so take your time.

There is no shortage of Wagner cast iron. In fact, Wagner had a large percentage of the cookware market back in its hay-day. And there are plenty of fantastic Wagner skillets and Dutch ovens around in excellent condition.

What size skillet or Dutch oven suits your needs?

The first thing you may want to think about is the size you need. There are often plenty of #8 skillets around. This size seems to be the most common. Not only for Wagner skillets but for most of the other vintage cast iron manufacturers such as Favorite Piqua. 

Inspect carefully since a lot of Wagner Ware is nickel-plated.

Check the cookware carefully. The Wagner Manufacturing Company were early adopters of nickel plating. Although much of Wagner cookware will be simply cast iron, heavy seasoning can hide nickel plating. Nickel-plated can wear off or be patchy in places. Take a close look before purchasing.

Would you like a Wagner Ware skillet with a smooth bottom or with a heat ring?

Do you want a pan with a smooth bottom or one with a heat ring? The older Wagner Ware skillets will have a heat ring while the later made pans have a smooth flat base. It is really a personal preference. I tend to like the older skillets with heat rings. I think they have more character, but the smooth bottom Wagner cookware tends to be a little cheaper. And they are great cooking pans too.

Does the cookware sit flat?

As with all antique cast iron, it could be a good idea to ask the seller if the pan sits flat. This is especially important if you are cooking on a flat surface such as induction or glass.

Learn how to date and identify your Wagner Cast iron using logos and markings.

Although I’ve researched carefully, please use the dates as an approximation only.
Wagner cast iron cookware, to my knowledge, has sixteen known logos, brands, or markings. These include:

Straight Wagner logo 1890s-1915

Wagner Cast Iron with Wagner Straight Logo
Two Wagner Cast iron skillets with the “Wagner” in straight block text. Note this logo lacks the Sidney -O- marking seen in later designs. Circa 1891-1915.
Wagner Dutch oven restoration
Thanks to a kind reader who sent in this photo to add to the helpfulness of this resource. We can see an example of a Wagner Dutch oven with straight wording. Note the unusual placement of the size number. That’s one great find.

Wagner arc logo 1891-1910

Wagner Cast-Iron Skillet with arc logo
An early logo by Wagner. Circa 1891-1910
Wagner cast iron skillet with arc logo.
The arc logo may overlap the block logo. Circa 1891-1910

Double Arc Wagner Sidney O 1895-1915

Wagner Cast-Iron Skillet with double arc logo
In the double arc logo, both “Wagner” and Sidney are in a slight curve. I don’t see these beauties too often. Keep an eye out for them.

Sidney Arc logo circa 1897-1903.

Not much is known about vintage Sidney skillets. However, many cast iron enthusiasts believe they were made in the Sidney Hollowware foundry. After the company was sold to Wagner Manufacturing.

Straight Sidney logo circa 1897-1903.

Antique Sidney cast iron skillet
It’s hard to place an accurate date on when. Wagner produced these Sidney cast iron. I’m willing to change my mind, but currently, I date this cast iron Circa: 1887-1903. During this period, Wagner Manufacturing owned and operated the Sidney Hollowware Company.
Straight Sidney cast iron logo.
Sidney cast iron skillet made by Wagner after the Sidney Hollow Ware was sold to Wagner Manufacturing Company. Center straight logo circa 1897-1903

Straight Wagner Sidney O. (Centered.) 1910-1915

Antique Wagner cast iron skillet identification
Antique Wagner Sidney O skillet. This logo is centered, and both Wagner and Sidney are straight in block lettering. Circa 1910-1915

Wagner Sidney O. Wagner slightly arced while the Sidney lettering is straight. Circa 1915-the 1920s

Vintage Wagner Skillet
Arc Wagner and straight Sidney logo. This skillet was made from 1915 through the 1920s.

First Wagner Ware Sidney O. with Arc Wagner and straight Ware and Sidney. Circa 1920s.

Wagner Ware Sidney o kettle
Here is a little kettle with a scarce Wagner Ware logo. Check roasters and kettles for this logo.

Stylized Wagner Ware Sidney O. for regular skillets. Circa 1920-1924 with heat ring and single-digit size number. 1924-1935 with heat ring and a four-digit pattern number. Around 1935-1959 for skillets with no heat ring.

Wagner Ware Sidney o with stylized logo
You will see a lot of Wagner Ware with the stylized logo. This skillet has two other methods we can use to place an age on the skillet. You’ll notice this skillet has a four-digit pattern number and a heat ring. So, I think this skillet is Circa 1924-1935.
How old is my Wagner Ware skillet
Here is an excellent skillet with a smooth base. This skillet was made circa 1935-1959.

Centralized Stylized Wagner Sidney O. 1924-1935 with heat ring. 

Vintage Wagner Ware Sidney o
Vintage Wagner Ware Sidney o with the stylized logo placed in the center. Circa: 1920-1935

Pie Logo 1924-1934. However, manufacturing dates are uncertain.

Wagner skillet with pie logo
Wagner Skillet with pie logo. This skillet does not have a heat ring. So I think it is unlikely it was made before 1930. Circa 1930-1934

National cast iron 1914-1940s. 

There are several different versions of cast iron with the National marking. This budget-friendly range was manufacturing from circa 1914 to 1940.

National cast-iron skillet
This National cast-iron skillet was made by the Wagner Manufacturing Company. This skillet has large lettering in an arc. It was likely made between 1914-1930
National cast iron skillet with star markers mark.
Economy brand of Wagner Manufacturing Company. Circa 1914-the 1920s

Long Life logo 1930s.

Long Life Skillet
Cast iron Long Life Skillet made by Wagner. This skillet was made in the 1930s.

Wardway and Montgomery Ward. Wagner Manufacturing Company was contracted by the Montgomery Ward Department store to produce an in-store label. Circa the 1930s.

Wards cast iron skillet
This Wards cast iron skillet was made in the Wagner casting works in the 1930s. And It was sold as a house label for the Montgomery Ward Department store.
Montgomery Ward cast iron skillet logo
Montgomery Ward cast-iron logo.
Wardway cast iron skillet
Here’s a Wardway cast iron skillet. Montgomery Ward contracted Wagner to make this in-store brand. And it was most likely made in the 1930s.

Final thoughts on Wagner cast iron.

Fortunately, Wagner cast iron is easier to date than other foundries of the time. Wagner Ware also has a huge collector base, so dates are well documented. The Cast Iron Collector is a valuable online resource for enthusiasts. Also, there are Facebook groups you can share your love of cast iron cookware.

The Wagner Manufacturing Company was known for quality over quantity. And, therefore had a good reputation for making trustworthy products. Today Wagner cast iron is highly prized by collectors. However, you don’t need to be a collector to enjoy vintage cast iron.

Although many cast iron enthusiasts look for Wagner-made skillets. But you’re not limited there. Wagner Manufactured a wide selection of cast iron goodies. And you may find yourself becoming interested in:

  • muffin pans
  • Dutch ovens
  • Scotch bowls

Since Wagner made some of the finest quality cast iron of the 19th and 20th centuries. Wagner ironware is enjoyed by cast-iron fans and hobbyists alike.


  1. My husband bought me a 14” cast iron skillet. The seller claims it is Wagner, but it is unmarked. The bottom of the skillet is marked “14 inch skillet” and “Made in the USA” so I know it is post 1960. The bottom of the skillet as well as the handle are marked with a B. The top of the handle is marked with a 12. The bottom of the handle does also seem to indicate the triangle typical of Wagner. I know that post 1960 is not as collectible, but how much would something like this be worth? He paid about $250 for it. Did he overpay?

    • Hi Michelle

      Thanks for getting in touch. The markings on the skillet sound like it is a Wagner.
      The made-in-the-USA marking is near the handle on Wagner pieces.

      You’re lucky to receive a treasured gift from your husband. Size 14 skillets are not cheap, even if they are unmarked.
      I don’t touch on valuations, but I trust you consider your skillet priceless as you have received from a loved one.

      I hope to have a size 14 someday, have fun.

  2. Hey there,

    I purchased two skillets. One had a#6 stamped on the handle, and on the bottom, it has WAGNER in an arch. Below that is the word WARE and then SIDNEY. There is also the number 1056N
    The second is a #8 skillet that has the same markings, but the number is different. It is #1058M.

    Any information would be helpful.

    • Hi John

      Thanks for the contact and detailed description. It sounds like you might have an arc Wagner with pattern number. And if you didn’t see a photo in the article, this could be the case.

      If so, your pan could be from the early 1920s-1930s. Very neat I haven’t seen one, to be honest. Lucky you.

      I hope this helps and enjoy your pans.

  3. Can you tell me anything about this Wagner cast iron pan? Any information would be appreciated. Date manufactured would be especially helpful.

    • Hi Boonie

      I have a skillet that is 12 inches square. It has the words Wagner, Sidney Ohio USA in a raised oval ring. And then on the bottom, it has the size in inches and centimeters. With the markings A 6 – 97.

      Thank you for your help.

      • Hi Linda

        It’s nice to hear from you. Thanks for your clear description.
        I think these were made by the General Housewares Corporation. I’m not sure of the date of manufacture, but I suspect it’s from the 1970-1980s era.

        Hope this helps

  4. Hello Boonie

    I have one with the double arch WAGNER WARE logo, SIDNEY, -0-. And the #8 on the handle. The serial number is 1058Y. No heat ring. It is in good shape. I would appreciate any info. Very nice page you have set up.

    • Hi Brad

      The double arc is an early logo. But from your description, I believe you probably have a Wagner Ware with a stylized logo. This is because your pan has a four-digit pattern number and a flat base. So it sounds like your skillet was designed for electric stovetops rather than a wood range. If this is the case, I believe you have a pan probably from the mid-1930s to the 1950s.

      Hope this points you in the right direction.

  5. Thank you for your great historical info. We inherited in the early 80s a cast iron Griddle for my husband’s Uncle, who was near 90 at that time. It is a Wagner Ware Sidney O with the marking 1109 stamped on the bottom. Was it made before 1935?

    Thanks for any help.

    • Hi Stephanie

      I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed reading about antique ironware. The four-digit number on the base of the Griddle can give a good indication of age. And your hand Griddle is likely to be made between the 1930s to the 1950s.

      Cheers Steph, hope this helps.

  6. Hi Boonie

    I just picked up a lovely Wagner Ware, Sidney, Ohio Cast Iron Tea Kettle. It has a K stamp. Wagner (rounded) and Ware (flat below) Sidney, Ohio in a radius on top with Made in USA on the bottom.

    Is this a later one?

    • Hi Dan

      Good on you for picking up an old tea kettle. I believe you might have a reproduction kettle, based on the Wagner original kettles from the late 1890s to early 1900s.
      Because it has the marking of Made in USA it definitely is a later model. Circa 1970s the 1990s.

      Cheers Dan, hope this points you in the right direction.

  7. Boonie,

    I’m hoping you can help identify this one. I have had a Wagner Ware 8 for years. Love the skillet, and it’s been my go-to for almost every cook I do with cast iron. But I’ve been looking at the logos and can’t really come to a conclusion for it. It has the stylized Wagner ware logo in the center, but it’s also got the arched National on the top.

    I’m just confused as to when it may have been made.


    • Hi Steve

      It is nice to hear you are enjoying your vintage Wagner Ware. Your pan is considered a National cast iron. And as you know, it was made by Wagner. The design you have is called a dual logo. And I estimate your pan was manufactured between 1930 to 1940s.

      Cheers, I hope this helps, and happy cooking.

  8. Hi, I just scored two cast iron pans that have never been used on an electric stove. The crust is epic. But after burning off the crud on the big one, it revealed a Wagner Sidney 0 logo. I checked the small one, and it’s a Wagner too!

    I paid $20 at a thrift store. Your site helped immensely to date them. They’re older than me (pre-60).

    Thanks for such a helpful site. I feel sorry for whoever donated these gems. The funny thing is, in the same store were some semi-new Taiwan skillets at twice the price.

    • Hi Robert

      Thanks for sharing your purchase. And good on your for restoring these old beauties back to their original condition.
      It sounds like you scored yourself a real bargain. They are going to make great cookers. I guess many past on them after seeing the buildup.

      That was a great find, have fun using your vintage Wagner skillets.

  9. Hi, what a wonderful website!

    I have a treasured little Wagner Ware #3 with a smooth bottom. It has the stylized logo (not centered) with SIDNEY -O- on the bottom and then near the handle end it has the number 1053 S. Any estimated age information much appreciated.

    Thank you for creating such a nicely organized and informative site!

    • Hi Margaret

      I’m pleased you treasure your little skillet. The number 3 skillets are surprisingly useful. And they are perfect for cooking a couple of eggs.

      I believe your smooth bottom skillet with stylized logo, is likely made between the mid 1930s to 1959.

      Hope this helps and have fun using your skillet,

  10. Love the history. Mine says Wagner Ware (one W with “agner” and “are” stacked on top of each other. It has a 10 on the handle and it says 11 3/4 inch skillet made in the USA and then there is a small C. It’s from my mom, and she got married in 1961. Any idea what year it might have been made?

    • Hi Paul

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It sounds like your skillet has a stylized logo. And from your description I might be able to narrow the timeline for you.

      Collectors and enthusiasts usually give a rough estimate of post 1960 for these pieces. But you’ll also notice the Sidney O missing from the logo. Pushing the logo closer the mid 1960s when the new owners introduced this logo. I estimate your skillet was made circa mid 1960s to early 1970s.

      Thanks Paul, hope this points you in the right direction.

  11. Hi Boonie!

    I find myself this morning seasoning a Wagner that once belonged to my great grandparents.

    It has and arched “Wagner” a straight block Sidney with an O underneath, and the marking 9.A at bottom near the handle.

    The A is a smaller font than Sidney lettering. It is nickeled though stained on the outside walls and handle. It’s approximately 9 3/4in from edge to edge of the heat ring. I’m guessing 1915-1920’s using your notes. My question is the significance of the small but capital A after the 9.

    Kind regards


    • Hi Michael

      Thanks for getting in touch. And I’m sure your great grandparents are happy that you are treasuring their old Wagner.

      It not unusual to find letters following the size number on antique skillets. The letters are for mold identification purposes. And foundry men could quickly identify a problem mold without stopping the entire production line. So your skillet was manufactured with mold A.

      Hope this helps and I trust you get a lot of enjoyment from your heirloom piece.

      Cheers Michael

      Brett a.k.a. Boonie

  12. I want to learn more about the Wagner Ware tea kettle I rescued from a flea market junk box. I’m interested in it’s age and how best to care for it
    I checked on your website but wasn’t been able to match the logo to any shown.
    The outside is in good condition but rusty inside. What should I be doing preserve it?
    Your help and advice would be greatly appreciated

    • Hi LeAnne

      Good for you, I’m sure it will made a great display and or useable piece.
      You’re welcome to send a few photos to booniehicks@gmail.com and I’ll try to put a date on it for you.

      I look forward to seeing your undoubtedly happy little kettle.


  13. Hi Boonie,
    I just ran across your website. We have a Dutch oven with the stylized Wagner Ware logo and Sidney. -O-. (which you date from 1924-1959) I’m not seeing any other marking, such as a model number, but then again the bottom is still caked with baked on grease. It has two small handles (with two finger holes in each) and a small flat flange that sticks out on the side. Would the lid have been cast iron or glass? The top edge is smooth, no indentation like my other cast iron dutch oven. Thanks for any information you can give me.

    • Hi Susan

      It’s really nice to hear from you, and I hope you’re enjoying your vintage Wagner.

      Unfortunately, I come across a lot of antique Dutch Ovens with a of hodgepodge covers. So I can’t give you a definite answer that your oven originally came with either a glass, or cast iron lid. Although the era of the stylized logo does coincide with glass lids, unlike earlier ovens. So it sounds like you’ve been researching, good on you.

      If you find a Wagner lid to fit your oven, go for it. Even experienced collectors are happy, and jump on any lid to fit their cookware. Even if it’s not original for the piece.

      Hope this helps and have fun cooking.

  14. I have what looks like a little tea kettle that measures 4 1/2 inches on the bottom. My mother’s older brothers found it in a junk pile when she was little and she turns 97 this year. It has the stylized logo with Sydney -O- on the bottom. I can’t find anything that looks like it. Have you ever seen or heard of anything like that. Thank you.

    • Hi Brenda

      Thanks for getting in touch

      It sounds like you have a toy or miniature kettle. I guess your mother might have played house with her friends as a youngster. Thats so cool.

      These miniatures fall out of my area of expertise, But I can give a conservative date range of circa 1915-1940. It’s a rough estimate, but I hope this helps. There are some very knowledgeable people on Facebook cast iron groups, if you wanted to do further research.

      Cheers Brenda, have a good day.


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