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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 19th and 20th century cast iron. This could be due to the fact, 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 to 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’s 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 buying 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’s a quick look at the Wagner Manufacturing Company.

Table: 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 location 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, boilers, 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

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

(non collectable cast iron)

In 1957 the Randall Company purchased long tern 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 for good reason. Like most antique cast iron, Wagner, manufactured very high-quality cookware for their entire range of cast iron products.

Unlike Wapak cast iron which often has very 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

It’s really neat to think that workers would have worked on individual pieces, 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 huge range of cast-iron cookware

Sure, I think you can’t go wrong with a good old Wagner cast iron skillet it will serve you well for years and they’re great fun to use. However, you may want to to consider a Wagner Dutch oven. They are super smooth just like the skillets and reasonably priced. You can also buy cast iron muffin pans, which can be pretty cheap. Although watch out for shipping costs, cast iron can be weighty. Some of the 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.

Collect your favorite logo

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 made a limited range of products and used fewer logos.

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 hollow ware 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. to their cookware around 1895. The term Wagner Ware was used when Wagner added “Ware” to their logo in the 1920’s. 
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 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 however,
in the 19th century bonding two metals together would have required great expertise in metal casting.

Aluminum cookware

Along with nickel plated cast iron the Wagner brothers in 1894 manufactured a line of aluminum cookware which 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. Here is an eBay article on Magnalite if you want to learn more.
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 a Sidney based competitor called 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. were also early adopters of nickel plating cast iron.

Why did Wagner buy Sidney Hollow Ware Company?

It was quite shrewd 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 have ever seen.

Wagner Manufacturing was steadfast on making only quality products because of this the cookware is collected and used to this day.
Drop in sales
Although Magnalite was introduced to stop falling sales at Wagner Manufacturing it was not due to their product range.

Magnalite which was hugely popular could not offset the effect of one of the biggest recessions.

From 1929-1941 the US was in the grips of what we now call the Great Depression therefore not only Wagner but many other foundries struggled 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 had also purchased Griswold Manufacturing Company earlier.

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

Remember I’m not a cast-iron expert, however, here’s my tuppence worth as an enthusiast.

1. There’s plenty of Wagner cast iron around, take your time

There’s no shortage of Wagner cast iron. In fact Wagner had a huge market-share of the cookware market back in its hay-day. And there are plenty of fantastic Wagner skillets and Dutch ovens around in great condition.

2. 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. If you’re interested in a Dutch oven then a Wagner Ware Dutch oven could be just your ticket.

3. Inspect carefully, some 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 made of just cast iron, heavy seasoning can hide nickel plating. Nickel plated can wear off or be patchy in places. Take a close look before purchasing.

4. 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’s 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 from all accounts, they’re also great cooking pans.

5. 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 your cooking on a flat surface such as induction or glass.

Learn how to date and identify your Wagner Cast iron using loges 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 logos. 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 a straight logo. 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 used 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 is straight in block lettering. Circa 1910-1915

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

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’s a little kettle with a scarce Wagner Ware logo. Check roasters and kettles for 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’ll see a lot 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.

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 to the best of my knowledge (different authoritative published works are inconsistent).

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 prior to 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 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.
Enonomy brand of Wagner Manufacturing Company. Circa 1914-1920s

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 Montgomery Ward Department store to produce an in-store label. 1930s.

Wards cast iron skillet
This wards cast iron skillet was made in the Wagner ironworks in the 1930s. And It was sold as a house label for 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.

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.

Final thoughts on Wagner cast iron.

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

Although many cast iron enthusiasts may look for a Wagner made skillet, you’re not limited there. Wagner Manufactured a huge selection of cast iron goodies, therefore you may find yourself becoming interested in:

  • muffin pans
  • Dutch ovens
  • Scotch bowls

Since Wagner made some of the finest cast iron of the 19th and 20th century Wagner cast iron is enjoyed by cast iron fans and hobbyist alike. If you have found this article interesting, take a look at our vintage cast iron page, if you want to find leading foundries from the 19th and 20th centuries.


  1. I have an Aluminum Baster Sidney #265 that reads DRIR DROP BASTER (NOT DRIP DROP)…how many others have shown up like this? Any help would be appreciated

    • Hi Bev

      Wow, it sounds like you have a very rare piece. The only information I could find is your oven might have been made in 1922.
      Thanks for sharing. Hopefully another collector might be able to shed some more light on your vintage Wagner.

      Enjoy your vintage cookware

  2. Hello. Thank you for the interesting content! I have a few pieces from thrift stores that I use when camping and a #8 Wagner that I cook and bake in regularly. Could you help me date it? It is smooth bottomed, at 12 o’clock a stylized single W shared for Wagner Ware and Sidney -o- beneath. At 6 o’clock 1088A, and a small triangle shape on the underside where the handle joins the pan. A large 8 on the top of the handle and pour spouts on 3 & 9 o’clock. We use a lid for it that I’m sure wasn’t made to match: Wagner Ware Sidney -o- in the center at 12 o’clock, 1081A at the center 6 o’clock. It has 5 concentric rings on the top, close to the edge, and the edge has 2 lips that correspond nicely with my skillet pour spouts.

    • Hi Judy

      Thanks for getting in touch and for your detailed description.

      Your Wagner skillet with an accompanying lid sounds like it with a good find. Wagner manufacturing these skillets around 1935 to 1959. And as you can see on your skillet it was manufactured in the Sidney foundry. After 1959 you’ll see skillets without Sidney -o- when the new owner moved production.

      Hope this helps and good on you for rescuing these old vintage pieces.

  3. Hi Boonie,
    My mother recently passed away. She had several cast iron skillets. The one I have has Wagner arched and Ware under it Sidney -0- 1059C It does not appear to have a heat ring around it. Unfortunatey there was not a lid. She had a glass dome lid that fit the one my sister chose. The skillet is heavily crusted on the bottom so I am not sure if it is a Wagner. If you are aware of where I might a glass dome lid to fit it, please let me know. I spent 2 hours researching and all I could find was modern lids.

    • Hi Ann

      Thanks for getting in touch and I’m sorry to hear about your mum. However, I’m sure she’s very happy that you and your sister are treasuring her old skillets.

      The no9 is a very useful size. Unfortunately, the original C series glass lids only came in three sizes and I don’t think any fit the number 9. Glass lids are mostly seen Dutch ovens and chicken fryers. My bet, is your sister chose a number 8 or 10 skillet to have an accompanying lid.

      However, keep an eye out for a Wagner skillet cover 1069 which should fit your skillet. But please confirm with the seller first. Esty and eBay often have lids listed.

      Cheers, hope this helps and welcome to the vintage cast-iron community.

  4. Hello and thank you for having such a great, resourceful website. I just discovered a Wagner Ware Sidney -O- pan at my Mother’s house. It has the follow PAT. NOS. 97022-1554360, and 1402 on the bottom. Can you date this pan based on this information?

    • Hello Hedy

      Thank you ever so much for your kind words. I’m really happy that you’ve enjoyed the resource.

      It’s a wonderful find in your mothers kitchen. However, you might need to take look a second look. From your description you have a double skillet. Two skillets that interlocked, with the base being around 3 inches deep and the covering skillet just under 2 inches deep. Often the base is missing. My guess is the base was used frying and once it become too cruddy with buildup. It might have become a fire hazard or warped due to use on high temperatures.

      Wagner made several variations of the double skillet but I believe you have a circa 1930s pan.

      Your mothers pan has seen a lot of history

      Cheers, hope this helps.

  5. Hi Boonie, I have a Wagner teakettle that I’m researching. Do you know of a resource to help me with that please? It says “Wagner’s 1891 original” on the lid and “original” is in cursive. Below that it says “cast iron cookware” inside a rectangular outline.

    I don’t think it’s that old. Does anyone have any insight that might help?

    Thank you!


    • Hi Matt

      Thanks for your question.

      You’re spot-on with your estimate on age. Unfortunately, it’s not a vintage Wagner Ware.

      Your teakettle was made by General Housewares Corporation in the 1990s. The company made commemorative kettles and other ironware to celebrate 100 years of Wagner cast iron. I’d place your kettle circa 1991-1994. It’s not considered collectible but I’m sure you can make a great cuppa with it nevertheless.

      Cheers, hope this helps.

  6. Hi Boonie! (Makes me smile bc my husband’s nickname is Boonie too!)
    I enjoyed and appreciate your article and I’m so excited to learn more about cast iron cookware. I received a Wagner Ware Sidney -O- 8 flat bottomed skillet from my Nana before she passed away 15 years ago. I’ve been using it with the outside of the pan encrusted with black stuff! Never bothered me but I’m thinking I may restore it with my newfound knowledge! Unfortunately, it recently got a crack in it, possibly due to extreme temp change by a family member who didn’t consider that. So, it’s now designated for only ”light duty”, like breads. Also, my husband recently brought home 7 pieces of cast iron cookware from his deceased parents’ home, some of them Wagner Ware. His mother definitely used them and some MAY even have been his grandmother’s before that. His mother died 31 yrs ago and these skillets (and 1 Dutch oven) have been stuck, rusting away, in an outside pantry of sorts. I’m so excited to restore these pieces and give one to each of my 7 kids! Have a nice day!

    • Hi Jan

      Thank you so much for getting in touch and sharing the history of your ironware. I’m sure your Nana and your husbands mother are both over the moon that you’re treasuring their old cookware. And it sounds like your getting a lot of enjoyment for these old pieces too. One little crack, I’m sure the old skillet can still cook up a storm.

      Restoring these old pieces sounds like a fantastic project.
      Cheers, have fun.

  7. Hi. Great article. I have a great Wagner ware 1088 X #8 deep skillet. Could you please tell me if you know it’s nickel plated pan? Thank you.

    • Hi Maria

      Thanks for your question.

      I hope you get a lot of use out of your deep skillet. Plated cast iron, including antique ironware is very shiny and will have a silvery appearance. Over the years of use, plating can wear off on the cooking surface. But plating is often in good condition on the exterior of the pan, especially on handle.

      However, many people are surprised of the color of bare cast iron. If the color of your Wagner is grey, even shiny grey then I’d say you have regular cast iron.

      Hope this points you in the right direction

  8. Hi!

    I have a Wagner Ware skillet, not even sure how I got it it’s been that long. It’s a smooth bottom logo having a large “W” which is used as the first letter of Wagner and ware. Logo is positioned at 12 o’clock, at the bottom at 6 o’clock it has “9 inch skillet” beneath that “made in the USA” then below that the letter “F.” The 9 also appears on the handle front. Any clue on the years this could have been made? Thanks so much.


    • Hi Tom

      Thanks for the contact and detailed description.

      I suspect your skillet was made by General Housewares Corporation when they owned the rights of Wagner Ware. Later General Housewares Corporation added their own logo so this can help estimate the age of your skillet. And I think this circa 1970s.

      Cheers Tom, I hope this helps and enjoy your skillet.

  9. Hello, I’m watching a Wagner skillet set online. It does have a Sidney -o- at the top of the bottom, the code is 1403. It also has “5 star skillet” mark and the lid can sit on the skillet just like lodge 4-in-1. But I’m worried about the weight due to my antique lodge set. Do you know when it was produced and whether the weight is heavier? When does the cast irons become heavy? I wasn’t able to find any info online. Thank you!

    • Hi Yifan

      Thanks for the question.

      Wow a Wagner 5 star skillet set. I believe Wagner made these very early 1940s. And I see Circa 1941 referenced a lot.

      You’re right, antique iron was cast thinner than modern ironware but the set would almost be like lifting two skillets. However, I’m sure the seller would be able to give you an exact weight.

      Some foundries made skillets with a real heft to them such as Martin Stove and Range. And they were made in the 1940s. But the old Wagners including later made smooth bottom pans are still lighter than modern cast iron.

      Cheers, hope this points you in the right direction.

  10. Hello. Not really a question but figure you may enjoy it. Watching YouTube last night and didn’t realize collectability of cast iron. I have my moms old skillets from probably 40s or 50s, not sure of when. A 9″ 1056D with 6 on top of handle and a 11 1/2″ 1060S. Big one is warped in the middle probably because mom was orphaned young and no one taught her how to cook or season pans. Doesn’t bother me because it’s main function is pineapple upside-down cake – none better. After seeing articles, I now plan to restore them both.

    • Hi Donald

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m really pleased you’ve decided to restore your pans. It sounds like a perfect weekend project.

      Cheers, and good luck with the restoration

  11. Thank you for this very informative information . I have a flat Short edge skillet pan with the curved Warner Sidney logo and 4 digit marking 1109D that was my fathers and I always wondered were he got it. Based on your info, it made between 1924-1935.
    However , I have another small skillet with same Warner curved markings and letter C . It’s very worn and looks like its Nickel . Can you tell me when did they made those pans ?

    • Hi Maria

      Thanks I’m really glad you’ve found the resource useful. I’m sure your father is also very happy you’re researching his old skillet. It sounds like an old-timer with a heat ring. Very nice.

      Wagner manufactured plated cookware over a number of years but fortunately the date of corresponds with the logo used. Wagner manufactured their regular cast iron range at the same time as their plated cast iron. With a bit of luck you’ll be able to use this resource again to match a logo with the one on your plated skillet.

      Cheers hope this helps and enjoy your skillets.

  12. Hi Boonie,

    I am stripping and seasoning a skillet that has been in the family possibly more than 60 years. The bottom only says 10 1/2 inch skillet. The handle has a curvy 8 on top and the letter I on the bottom. Is this a late 1950s unmarked Wagner made in Sydney?


    • Hi Carol

      It sounds like a great project, I hope you have a nice day for it over there.

      Wagner along with a few other foundries manufactured quite a number of unmarked pieces. However, a letter on the back of the handle is strong indication of Wagner made ironware. Check the back of the handle on your skillet. If the handle flattens into a triangular shape where the handle meets the pan then it’s a strong possibility it’s a Wagner and possibly made in the Sidney foundry. If it has a smooth bottom it’s a later skillet and possibly late 1950s, thanks you’ve read my article. Although unmarked skillets are rather hard to date.

      Good luck and have fun restoring your skillet.


  13. Is there a key to the markings on the bottom of Wagner Ware Sidney Magnalite pans? (especially hoping to find an indication of size)
    For instance, an extra large skillet with the markings:
    Wagner Ware
    Thank you for your help. I appreciate your thorough research and clear explanations in this article.

    • Hi Lee

      Thanks for your question and it’s a good one too. A full list of sizes would require a separate article and lot of research. But It’s a great idea for a future post. Yes there’s an indication of size in the pattern number. Your Magnalite 4512 is a 12 inch skillet that originally came with a lid. However, from my understanding Wagner also made a 8″ and 10″ skillet.

      I hope this helps and trust you are getting a lot of enjoyment from your skillet

      Cheers, have a good day

  14. Thank you for this great post Boonie!

    I have my grandparents cookware, I was raised by them, and thought that was the texture… ugh found it’s a dense layer of carbon. Good thing about it… the pans lack rust!

    Two are BSR, but the third was a Sidney -O- 8. If I understand correctly the 1058 B, the B would mean it’s a B mold? Could you tell me if the mold letter means it’s older than say a C, D, or Z?

    Thank you in advance. I tried to read as many comments as I could! They are great info, but I worked in these pans (Easy off method) for hours today and I am dragging a bit – so I apologize if I repeated a question.

    These pans look so much more amazing now!


    • From what I see here it would be the ringless post 1935? Because it’s at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. Wagner Ware Sidney -O-

      I want to get them pretty tbh and use them properly. But I still am curious about their history.
      I also have an unidentified Dutch oven with lid and if I recall a trivet! But it’s back home 600 miles away.

      • Hi there Kelly

        You’re spot-on with the date. I’d say Wagner Ware with a smooth bottom was made post 1935. It’s amazing to think it wasn’t that long ago most families cooked on wood ranges. Moving from a wood range to electric must have been so exciting.

        Good on ya for restoring your cast iron. Once cleaned vintage cast iron is fun to use and also looks great on display and you’ll be able to share to history of your pans with your visitors.

        Have fun restoring your vintage ironware

    • It’s great your’e looking after and restoring your grandparents cookware. Thanks for reading through the comments section.

      You’re right, the letter proceeding the pattern number on regular cast iron skillets was the particular mold used. And 1058 B Wagner Ware was most likely made before a 1058 V skillet with the same design.

      Cheers and good on you for restoring your vintage iron, I’m sure your grandparents are smiling and are both so happy that their old cookware is in good hands.

      Have a good day

  15. Hello I found a Wagner Ware #7. Drip Drop Roaster. Model #1287 oval 1207 patent. Dec 4_Feb 10_20 mch8_21mch 14_22.

    Just want to know how old is it and how to clean it? Any info would help thank you

    • Hi Christy

      Thanks for your question.

      Finding an old Wagner Roaster is what I call a good day.

      From your description it sounds like you have an older roaster with a marked lid. On the cover I’m guessing there is raised lettering with the words Drip Drop Roaster. In which case I believe your roaster was made in Circa 1920s. So it sure is an old-timer.

      Well-done on your find. To clean your oven I’d recommend watching some Youtube videos on how to restore cast iron. For a single piece of cookware I’d recommend the oven cleaning method. But please avoid restoring your roaster with any power tools. As with other antiques this will great reduce the value of your oven.

      Cheers, have fun restoring your oven.

  16. Hi – I found a Large #12 Ware Sidney -O- Iron skillet (no heat ring) it also has a 1062A at the bottom. The Ware is in script .
    The Sidney is straight not curved. Is it 1930s vintage?

    Tom Osborne

    • Hi Tom

      Thanks for your question. And I have to say, “great find”. Number 12 is a harder to find size.

      From your description it sounds like you have a Wagner Ware with a stylized logo. Because it has a smooth bottom it probably was made Circa 1936-1956.

      Enjoy your skillet

  17. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and passion for cast iron. I’m a newbie to the cast iron collecting and I’m loving the fact that I can use pieces that are over 100 years old and the continued to get better with every use. Thanks again.

    • Hi Robin

      Thanks for your kind comment and I’m over the moon that you’ve decided to collect and treasure these little pieces of our history. And I feel the same, it’s brilliant we can use these antique everyday. You really are cooking with history.

      Cheers, have a good day

  18. I have a Wagner Ware aluminum round roaster with drip drop lid, marked 3248 C. Judging by what I read here, it sounds like 1920’s era. Am I correct?

    • Hi John

      Thanks for your question.

      I have little expertise on aluminum cookware but I think you’re really close on the date of manufacture. From my understanding Wagner made these roasters in the 1920s and 1930s.

      Cheers John, and enjoy your roaster.

  19. I have a Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Skillet with the word NATIONAL in an arc across the top. The number 1358 at the bottom. I cannot find a size marking anywhere. I’m guessing it’s a #8 based on other cast iron skillets I have. Did Wagner make a skillet without a size marking or has it worn off?

    • Hi Michael

      Wow, Great spotting and it’s not your imagination. Yes, the National, Wagner dual logo is missing the easily identifiable size number at 12 o’clock. As you’ve noticed its replaced by the pattern number. The last digit on National pattern number represents the size.

      So you’re right on the money, your trusty skillet is a number 8.

      Thanks for the question, hope this helps

  20. I have what I believe to be an unmarked #9 Wagner skillet, with the letter X on the bottom of the pan and back of the handle. I have yet to come across it in my search. Does anyone know anything about this pan?

      • Hi there Guys

        Real sorry it’s taken me a while to respond. However, I think you are both spot-on with your assumption of your pans being a Wagner. Yes, a letter on the back on the handle is a strong indication I would use to identify an unmarked Wagner.

        Probably sold cheaper than their marked hollowware but just as finely made.

        Enjoy your vintage cast iron

  21. I work with a pet rescue that is totally donation based in how we pay for the care of the dogs we rescue. We have lots of fundraising events, one of them been large garage sales. I had some cast-iron donated that we would like to sell individually instead of in the garage sale where they will not make enough money. I am a novice and collectibles and antiques. Could I send you some photos of them and you tell me how to proceed as far as pricing? They are Wagner mostly, some good health.

    • Hi Rachel

      It’s nice to hear from you and the great work you are providing rescued dogs.

      I usually stay away from pricing vintage cast iron, as prices can vary greatly. However, in your case it’s no problem to take a look over your donated collection.

      Here’s my email, booniehicks@gmail.com I should be able to date, give a you rough estimate and how to describe your ironware. It would be great if you can include the whole front and back of the cookware. So I can see the cooking surface, handle, logos and markings.

      Many thanks and I look forward to your email

      Brett a.k.a Boonie

  22. Hi there, I have become very interested in Wagner Ware Oval Roasters recently and have started collecting them. I cam across and purchased a #1 as I have never seen this size before. I have 3,5,7. I once saw a #2 that sold online so I know they exist. I know the #2 is rare, I’m wondering how rare is the #1 ? I have not been able to find much data on them at all. It is a Sytlized logo Wagner Ware Sidney -o- , top says Wagner Drip Drop Baster, handle is the flat folded over version, It has the zig zag pattern on the under side of the lid with the #1 in the middle. Can you share some info on oval roasters for my edification, I would greatly appreciate it !

    • Hi there Erik

      Sorry for my late reply I was traveling around Yamagata and Akita.

      I need to do more research on Wagner Oval Roasters. But you’ve probably already come across several different logos and lid designs Wagner used. You have a great collection. To complete a set keep an eye open for sizes 1-9, especially if it sit flat. Trivets are an added bonus and you can expect to pay a little more if it has one along with the bigger sizes. Luckily you already have the #7, nice find.

  23. I have a 10 1/2 made in USA unmarked cast iron skillet I just picked up today at a thrift store. Any way I could send you pics or could you identify what year it’s from please ?

    • Hi kim

      Thanks for the contact and I hope you’re enjoying your vintage pan.

      You’re welcome to send a picture or two at booniehicks@gmail.com however, skillets with the markings Made in the USA are generally considered post 1960 era. During this time overseas manufacturers were taking market share from an industry already struggling from the manufacture of modern cookware.

      If you want send through a picture that would be great. I’d love to see your purchase.

      Cheers, have a good day

  24. Hello Boonie , Trying to identify and date a old number 9 . It has the fire ring , the handle and pour spouts match the Wagners as well as the#”9” matches with Wagners. There is not a Wagner or Sidney stamp but just a star located about where the -o- would be . Any help is appreciated! Thanks Scott

    • Hi Scott

      Thanks for your question.

      It sounds like you’re familiar with vintage cast iron with stars often present on Wagner and Sidney cast iron. Stars are frequently seen on National skillets so your skillet could be from the same Era.

      Unfortunately, I have not seen a skillet with just the star. But from your description I would also assume it was a Wagner. But you might want to google image search “Erie skillet with star” for a comparison. I wonder if there is a light Erie marking hiding under the seasoning.

      This is what makes collecting so interesting.

      Thanks for sharing.

      I’d love to see a picture if you have time. booniehicks@gmail.com

  25. My wife and I have been cast iron hobbists for more than 30 years. We bought, new, some of the 1891 Wagner pans with the seasoning instructions on the back and have never had a complaint. They work great. Since then we scour yard sales and thrift shops. We have discovered these places have the absolute best prices, some for as little as a dollar a pan. We even keep a cast iron pan in our camper. Got a Sydney-O- for free not too long ago, just because I was admiring it on a hook in someone’s kitchen. The owner admitted that it had been a family hand-me-down but that they had never used it.

    • Hi Wayne

      Thanks for sending in your experience collecting cast iron and where to find these hidden gems.
      You’re very lucky getting a free Sidney -O-. But it also sounds like it’s gone to a very good caring home.

  26. Hi Boonie!

    Glad to know there are other skillet nerds like me!! I am a collector and re-season
    skillets and dutch ovens for many people. I am The Skillet Doctor! You have a wonderful collection of cast iron and I thank you for all of your knowledge- I am a member of the Cast Iron Collector Forum and use that as a resource.
    However, I will check back with you periodically if I need more info!

    Just found out about the Findlay Cast Iron company from Ontario, Canada. Seems they were the Griswold of Canada- A family business until the foundry closed in the 70’s. Interesting!
    Just purchased one of their skillets. Will let you know how it cleans up!

    Keep up the great info!

    Seth Affoumado

    • Hi Seth

      Thanks for stopping by. It’s great to hear from collectors and enthusiasts like yourself.

      The Cast Iron Collector is a great resource for serious collectors and the site owner is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. So it’s very humbling you have also found the articles on my little site informative. Hopefully, I’ll add a couple more articles on vintage cast iron this year which you might find interesting.

      Thanks for letting me know about the Findlay Cast Iron Company and congratulations on your purchase. It sounds like the skillet has gone to a good home. I’ll be interested to know how it cleans up.

      By the way, I had a cheeky look at theskilletdoctor.com. It’s wonderful you are helping proud owners restore their treasured vintage cast iron.


      Brett a.k.a Boonie

  27. Hi Boonie,

    Thank you so much for all of this helpful information on cast iron. I just bought a Wagner Ware Sidney -o- pan (markings on back 1058 x), numbered 8 on handle. I noted your warning to watch out for the nickel plated Wagner Ware. I’m just wondering how to tell whether the pan is nickel plated or plain cast iron. Thank you so much in advance for your help.

    • Hi Ashley

      Thanks for getting in contact and I’m really happy you’ve found the information useful.

      Firstly, congratulations on buying an antique pan and welcome to the vintage cast-iron community. A number 8 Wagner is a great sized pan, I reckon you’ll be very happy with your Sidney -o-.

      Nickel or chrome plating will appear shiny. Quite often plating is worn off on the cooking surface, however, the handle and side will likely have the appearance of silverware.

      Regular cast-iron with without seasoning is also silvery, which is a surprise to many users because we are used to seeing pre-seasoned ironware which has that lovely coating that we all love. If your pan is jet black then you have a regular cast iron pan but if your pan is seasoned but still appears silvery or bronze then it might be plated.

      Hope this help and have fun using your skillet

    • To Ashley-

      Since I work to restore older cast iron cookware, I’ve worked on nickel plated pans and found the cooking surface to be just as smooth as non-nickel pans. However, when seasoning
      do not coat the exterior of the pan with Crisco or whatever you use to season! That can lead to a yellow film build up on the silver / nickel surface- Only season and re-coat the cooking area
      after each use…And NEVER wash any cast iron pan with soap! ‘Cause The Skillet Doctor gonna get ya if you do!! LOL!
      Congrats on your pan and use it in good health!


  28. Hello Boonie,
    Yesterday I was excited to find a completely unused Wagner Ware skillet. Although it has the classic Wagner Ware logo, it also says
    “General Housewares Corp”
    “Made in USA”
    “10 1/2 INCH SKILLET”
    Again, it’s completely unused. Call it “new”. Even if it’s only from the 50′ or 60’s, it seems remarkable that it sat on a shelf for decades never even being allowed to get rusty. How old IS it? And does it’s new/unused condition add greater collectors value?
    Happy New Year!

    • Hello Robert

      Thanks for sending in a question and good description. I know exactly the skillet you have seen.

      It’s a very exciting find. You’re right it’s unbelievable that the skillet is almost in perfect condition.

      You’re on the money realizing it’s not an early 20th century piece. With the wording “Made in the U.S.A.” and the missing “Sidney O” we can date the skillet from 1960 onwards.

      Some enthusiasts might date your skillet from the 1970s-1990s. However, I date the pan with the two logos a little later and place it from mid 1980s to early 1990s.

      Unfortunately, the dual logo currently doesn’t hold much collector interest. You probably have noticed the casting is not as smooth as the older pans. But who knows if it will be a collectors item in the future. However, it’s still a very usable pan and I bet it can cook up a pretty good English breakfast.

      Thanks for sharing your find and I hope you and loved one have a fantastic year ahead.



    • Hi there Renee

      Thanks for your question

      You sound like a keen cast-iron enthusiast yourself.
      Unfortunately, I don’t have anything compiled. However, adding sizes to this post or another post sounds like a great idea.

      Thanks for your suggestion.

  29. I inherited my Grandparents old skillet. It has the Wagner Ware curved logo, 9 inch skillet, and Made in USA on the bottom. But doesn’t say Sidney O or any model number. Has a number 6 or 9 on the handle. It’s a flat bottom. Just curious on the history. I’m assuming between 1920’s and 1952 but wondering what your thoughts.

    • Hi J

      Thanks for getting in touch and posting a very good description.

      I’m sure your grandparents are smiling and happy that you are researching their skillet. There are two markings on your skillet which can be used to identify and date your ironware. Because it has “Made in the U.S.A” it was made sometime after 1960 and possibly up to the 1990s. Sorry it’s not as old as the real old timers. But it’s a treasured heirloom.

      I hope it brings you many happy memories

      Brett a.k.a. Boonie

      • Boonie, thanks so much getting back to me. I saw one just like it on eBay for $40 so I figured it wasn’t real valuable but just found it odd that I couldn’t find any info on that that exact model. Thanks for informing me! It still makes awesome chorizo and eggs! And I’ll keep it in the family for generations to come. Thanks again!


  30. I recently found a Wagner number 1428 fryer pan. I have several books on cast iron and cannot find that number or any information. It is two piece, similar to a waffle iron design, but smooth with two handles and two ball type hinges. I assume it fits a base, but don’t know. Just looks like it should. Any info would be appreciated

    • Hi there Bruce

      Thanks for your question.

      I checked the pattern number on your Wagner 1428 and you may have a Damper.
      Does it have a few holes and a large pin running through the center? If so it may have once belonged to an old wood range. Very cool.

      Hope this point you in the right direction.


  31. I just came into possession of a Wagner Ware -0- Sidney Square Skillet but can’t find any information on it. It even has an indention made into the handle where your thumb would go. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi John

      Thanks for your question.

      Those Wagner Square skillets are pretty cool looking in my humble opinion. Wagner made a couple of styles of the square skillet. The pattern number on the skillet is either a 1218 or 1220 for the larger skillet. The pattern number is located at the 12 o’clock position on the back. The two design have a slightly different appearance, with 1930s version more square and with a rounded handle. Your Wagner Square Skillet with a thumb rest, I suspect has a rectangular shaped handle and slightly rounded corners. If that’s the case I’d say your skillet is circa 1940s-1950s as a rough estimate. It doesn’t have a made in the U.S.A on the skillet but there are unmarked Wagner Square skillets that look exactly the same with “Made in the U.S.A” which were made probably in the 1960s.

      I bet it cooks a great breakfast

      Enjoy your skillet

      • I’ve been trying to restore my old skillet but have had a problem and could really use some help. After I cleaned it up and removed all the old gunk, I washed it and it looks rusty. I was going to try to season it but when I applied some oil and rubbed it it, the towel is brown. How can I get this rust look gone? Thanks for any assistance

        • Hi John

          It’s great to hear from you and it sounds like you are having fun with your restoration.

          I like the vinegar method to remove rust. Especially if you have one piece to restore. You can see this method on youtube.

          In this method you soak your cast iron in container with a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar.
          1. Let it soak 10-15 minutes (No longer, vinegar can pit the surface).
          2. Rinse and hard scrub with soapy water
          3. Repeat steps one and two.

          This should remove the rust and grime. Quickly dry and apply oil to prevent flash rust.

          However, many youtube videos totally submerge the cast iron the solution. And I find this unnecessary and expensive. A spray bottle works great. But personally, I just make the solution in a cup and tip a little in the skillet. Then work it in with my hands. It’s a little messy this way but it saves buying vinegar in bulk.

          Good luck with your project.

  32. I have a Crusty Corn Cobs Junior REG IN USA PAT OFF PAT July 6, 1920 #1319, WAGNER arc over WARE then Sidney under that then -0- …when was it actually made?

    • Hi Brenda

      Thanks for your question.

      I know your pan very well have and have one of these little cuties myself. They’re a great sized pan and I hope you get the same amount of use and enjoyment from yours.
      I believe Wagner made the Krusty Korn Kob pans from circa 1940-1960s.

      Hope this helps, enjoy your vintage Wagner Ware

          • Hi Ruth

            Thanks for your question.

            It sounds like you’re having a little difficulty washing your cornbread pans. Yes, the mixture really gets baked on. And your’e left asking yourself, if it’s really with the effort?

            To reduce sticking and to make washing-up a lot easier I recommend preheating your Kristy Korn Kob pans fully oiled before adding your mixture. Searing hot is preferable. ̇While handling searing hot oiled pans is not ideal, it should release your cornbread a lot easier.

            Cheers, hope this helps.

  33. I found a Wagner 8 in skillet today, can you help date it? It has Wagner Sidney Ohio USA in an oval and 8 in / 20 cm. B 2 – 98 on a smooth bottom. I have not been able to find info on that logo.

    • Hi Mitzi

      Thanks for your question.

      It’s interesting there have been a few readers asking about this logo recently. I’ll have to update the article to include the logo.

      This logo wasn’t made by Wagner Manufacturing but another company which bought out Wagner. I’m not sure exactly when this logo was used, so I’ll give a conservative manufacturing date of circa 1960s-early 1990s.

      Cheers, hope this helps Mitzi, enjoy your skillet.

  34. Hi my name is Tina. I have a 10″x 3″ deep Wagner Ware Sidney with the -0- on the bottom it says 1060 H, can you tell me what the 1060H means? Thanks.

    • Hi Tina

      Thanks for your question. You have a wonderful big skillet and I suspect it could be larger than 10-inches. The number you have provided helps me to identify the size of your skillet and hopefully answers your question. The number on the back of your Wagner Ware is called a pattern number and it identifies the material, size and type of cookware.

      Using your pattern number, collectors and enthusiast can identify your Wagner Wagner as a: size number 10 cast-iron skillet. The letter is the mold that was used. So your skillet was made in mold H.

      Hope this helps Tina, have fun using you vintage ironware.

  35. I have a Wagner 5qt pot and the logo doesn’t look like any of the examples. It reads Wagner on the first line and Sidney Ohio USA below it. All of this text is encased within an oval. Any ideas on age?

    • Hi Jared

      Thanks for your question.

      I hope you’re getting a lot of use out of your old Wagner Dutch Oven. The logo you describe was used after Wagner Manufacturing was sold to another company and is a little out of my knowledge. However, as a rough guide, I’d say your Dutch Oven is Circa 1960s to early 1990s.

      Hope this helps with your research, have fun cooking.

  36. HI. I have an 8″ Wagnerware Sidney O skillet with 1058 H on the bottom. (The pan is a smooth bottom) can you tell me what the 1058 H stands for please.

    • Hi Theresa

      Thanks for the question.

      The numbers on the bottom of your Wagner Skillet is called a pattern number. It’s used to identify products within the Wagner product range and most likely retailers used this number when they ordered products from a catalog.

      In the case of your pan, the number 1058 tell us, it’s a number 8 cast iron skillet. You’ll also see the same number on Wagner skillets with various logos. So, it’s really an indication of the type of cookware, the size, and material. And the letter was the mold that was used in manufacturing. You skillet was made with mold “H”

      Cheers hopes this helps, enjoy your vintage Wagner Ware.

  37. Hello, I found a Wagner skillet 14a with heat ring. I was wondering when it was made and a possible value. I’ve been looking and it’s hard to find info on it. Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Hi Tyler

      What a great find. It probably comes to no surprise these larger skillets are highly sought-after, especially those with Griswold and Wagner markings. The value of your Wagner skillet depends on the condition of the interior and exterior of the pan and if there is any movement.

      Big cast iron skillets are often treasured family heirlooms and many are in good condition. However, large skillets do like to move. So if your skillet sits flat it would attract the attention of many enthusiasts and collectors. Sold listings on eBay should an indication of price.

      Because you have described your Wagner 14A without a pattern number I guess your skillet has two finger holes in the handle helper. Very nice. I think Wagner introduced pattern numbers Circa 1924 so I would place your skillet Wagner 14a with heat ring and stylized logo Circa 1920-1924.

      Hope this helps, I bet she’s a real beauty.

  38. Hello, I am not sure what I have my guess is that they are griddles they are about 23 1/2 x 12 and made of aluminum. They weigh 4lb 12oz each.

    The markings are:

    The words are centered and straight across.

    At the bottom is the # 640

    My neighbor was throwing these out, I have 4 of them.

    Thanks for any help

    • Hi Dean

      Thanks for your question.

      You have a Wagner Long Griddle. The pattern #640 was part of Wagner’s standard Aluminum range. I guess is has an X reinforcing on the back. I’d place your griddles circa 1910s-1920s. Well done rescuing a little piece of early 20th century cookware

      Hope this helps.

    • Hi there Rob

      Anywhere that sells second-hand good you’ll find cast iron.

      However, Wagner skillets are sought-after and they command a higher price. I’d recommend researching on eBay to familiarize yourself with the selling prices so you don’t pay too much.

      If your looking for one pan then eBay isn’t a bad choice. There’s a wide selection to choose from and some sellers offer restored pans. However, these are sold at a premium but this may offer good value if you take into account the time and effort needed to restore vintage pans.

      My advice is to take your time. There’s lots of iron out there.

      Great to hear you’re interested in vintage cast-iron. Good luck finding your first piece.

  39. I got a Wagner Dutch Oven at a garage sale. It says Wagner Sidney Ohio USA and has an oval ring around it. At the bottom it has B 2-98. Couldnt find anything like it in your logos. I don’t think it’s old but just curious. Thanks Boonie.

    • Hi there Cheryl

      New or old I’m sure it’s doing you proud in the kitchen.

      Many of the Wagner Ware inside an oval I’ve seen do not have Sidney Ohio. Interesting logo, unfortunately I don’t think it’s a collectable item as you have probably guess. I’m assuming the surface of the oven is a little rougher than what you would expect to find on a vintage piece. After Wagner was sold in 1957 the rights of the name and logo changed several times. So your oven was probably made between 1960-1990s.

      May not be a collectable piece but I’m sure it’s great for slow cooking.

      Happy cooking

  40. I have a smooth bottom stylized Wagner ware -o- at 12 o’clock position
    #6 on handle 1056B. Just curious if the 1056B narrows down to the year of its manufacturing. Damn fine pan! Beautifully seasoned and slick!

    • Hi there Marc

      Great question.

      I think you could narrow the date manufacture a little using the Wagner’s alphanumeric pattern number. I would place a guess your Wagner cast-iron skillet 1056B was made before a 1056N skillet. By how much? I’m not sure, but I’m sure there’s a couple of serious collectors out there trying to piece the timeline together and having a lot of fun trying to do so.

      Alway great to hear from vintage cast iron users who love using their pans.

      Cheers Marc

  41. I have a aluminum (magnalite??) baking dish of some sort, I don’t know what it is called and can’t find anything on it. It is rather small and has Wagner Ware Sidney -O- #312. Any ideas on what it could be and possibly value? Or point me in the right direction to get some more information on it, Thank you

    • Hi there Hillary

      Thanks for your question

      It sounds like you have a “Shirrer” or a dish to make shirred eggs. These dishes are usually made from ceramic stoneware so it’s neat that you have a Wagner Shirred Egg Pan. Your Wagner Shirred Pan was probably made circa 1915-1940s. Eggs baked in the oven with a little cream and butter, yum.

      The French had a similar dish to the English method but they used small ramekins instead. The ramekins are placed in a pot with a little boiling water to cook the eggs. Today you’ll see modern recipes combining the two methods.

      You have an interesting piece of food history. Very cool.

      Thanks for sharing

  42. I recently purchased a “skillet griddle” at yard sale. The bottom of the pan has the following markings: the stylized Wagner Ware logo at the top and then at the bottom “11 inch skillet griddle” underneath that “Made in the USA” and underneath that there the letter “E” . It does NOT have Sidney or -O- anywhere on it. Is this pan a fake/counterfeit? I only paid $1 for it so no harm if it is. Just curious. Thanks!

    • Wow, great find Lisa

      It sounds like you have a Wagner Ware made around 1959-1969. Your ironware was probably made by Textron, Inc. Who had the rights to manufacture Wagner Ware during this time. So it’s a real Wagner but it wasn’t made by the founding family.

      Thanks for the question.

      Hope this helps, enjoy your Vintage Wagner Ware

  43. Did Wagner make an aluminum cup? I ran across a metal cup I thought looked pretty cool and picked it up. The logo on the the bottom says:
    MFG CO

    The Wagner and the Sidney O are arched.

    • Hi Wayne

      Thanks for the question

      I had to get the reference books out for this one. It looks like Wagner made big and small aluminum cups matching your description. You’re looking around Circa 1910s.

      You’re right very cool.

  44. I just picked up a waffle maker. On one side it has “THE WAGNER” around the outside and the inner circle has “No8. 8 & 9”. The other sides outer circle has “WAGNER M’F’G CO SIDNEY O”. The inner circle is harder to make out but looks like “PAP D” “JULY 26 1892” or maybe “1899”.

    I still have a ways to get it cleaned up. It has a coating that I am trying to figure out how to remove. Wooden handles makes my go to remedies unfeasible. I don’t think I have ever seen a date on Wagner before and this is the first waffle maker I have seen. Any ideas on removing the coating it seems to be flaking off in some places and of course that is where a bit of rust is hiding.

    • Hi James

      It sounds like you have an old Wagner Waffle iron (circa 1900). But hopefully the handles can still unscrew so, you can continue with your restoration process.

      If the coating is different from your other restoration projects then you may need to be careful.

      Around this time people used leaded paint on metalware such as cast-iron stoves to prevent rust and to make it look shiny. So, if you think the waffle iron is painted then I would be hesitant to use your cooking oven or outdoor grill to burn off the paint. I think you would need a hotter temperature anyway.

      I’d pick up a home lead testing kit from the paint section in your hardware store. If the staff look knowledgable I’d ask them how to safely remove leaded pain from cast-iron.

      If it’s normal seasoning and you can’t get the handles off. Try a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar and let your waffle iron soak for a couple of days.

      Hope this helps.

  45. I have a Wagner Ware skillet # 8, but does not have Sidney O under the Wagner Ware on bottom and no ring on bottom either. Is it a real Wagner Ware?

  46. I have a roaster that has Wagner Ware Sidney -o- and then towards the bottom has Magnalite 4265 M. Can you tell how old it is? And any thing about this roaster. I love the roaster it is my favorite!

    • Hi Esther,

      Wagner Magnalite owners love their cookware and are just as passionate about their cookware as cast-iron enthusiasts.

      To be honest, I don’t know much about Magnalite. However, I’m sure if we look at the logo and put it into context with what was happening around the world at the time and we can narrow it down to an approximate date.

      Stylized Wagner logo circa around mid-1930s-1950s
      Economic challenges late 1930s early 1940s
      Possible resources diverted and rationing 1942-1944s (I have fond memories of my Grandmother reusing her teabags).

      At a guess, I’d place your Magnalite around 1945-1957. A time when life is getting back to normal, there was an uptake in technology and many young families needing a big 8-quart roaster for that yummy Sunday roast.

      I hope this helps. Enjoy your Magnalite, Ester.

    • Hi Claire

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your Wagner’s 1891 original skillet was probably made between 1991-1999 by a company, which at the time held the rights to the Wagner line (General Housewares Corp). It’s an interesting piece but unfortunately it’s not considered a vintage Wagner skillet.

      But there’s good news…There are many old pans around looking for a loving, caring home. Keep an eye open for them.

  47. I have a pan with no manufacturer’s name, but marked “10 1/2 INCH SKILLET”, straight across.
    No “Made in USA” marking.

    I understand this is likely to be a Wagner pan sold by lower prestigious retailers.

    Cooks just FINE! Can you verify my suppositions?

    • Hi Will thanks for the question

      I’m really glad you’re enjoying your skillet. I think your suspicions could be correct. Wagner made a lot of unmarked cast iron. I guess the placement of the “10 1/2 INCH SKILLET” is at the 6 o’clock position. Check for a single letter under this marking and on the backside of the handle which is another identifying mark on unmarked Wagner skillets.

      Cheers hope this helps.

  48. I happened to be reading your article, trying to date my National Wagner Ware Sidney O pan, and I noticed you have a picture of 1358A, and I have 1359A! I found it while on vacation in Idaho at a goodwill. Too funny!

    • Hi April

      Thanks for sending a message. I’m really happy you found the information useful.
      Picking up a vintage Wagner at a goodwill, great find that’s my kind of vacation. Those National skillets are fine looking pans.

      Enjoy your number 9

  49. I have an old 8 inch gate marked skillet that plainly has WAGNER imprinted on the bottom, Very crude and with a small arch, I’ve been told Waghner made no gate marked skillets, Just want to know if this is true.
    Thanks- Charles Walker

    • Hello, thanks for your question Charles.

      I would have to agree with the person you have spoken to. I don’t think Wagner gated any of their cast iron skillets.

      Wagner opened their foundry in the late 19th century and would have adopted the latest technology and techniques. Foundries such as Griswold, Marion and Sidney Hollowware were already producing cookware without gate marks before Wagner operated. So I don’t think you’ll find many pieces of Wagner iron with gate marks.

      Thanks for sharing.


  50. I came to your blog as the result of my neighbor handing me a Wagner Ware #10 Drip Drop Roaster that she had no longer wanted. It’s in perfect condition although lightly rusted. It has the stylized logo and is marked on the underside of lid and bottom of roaster 1270 a. I’m not concerned about the value although I would love to know the approximate age.

    • Hi Dale

      Thank’s for your contact. It sounds like your neighbor’s old Dutch oven has found a good home. Those #10’s hold 8 quarts, that’s a nice size for a family gathering. From my understanding, Wagner Drip Drop Roasters were made in the 1920s. I think yours is round but Wagner also made oval roasters.

      I’m sure your neighbours will be inviting themselves over when winter arrives for a nice bowl of soup.

      Enjoy your vintage Dutch oven.

  51. I have a Wagner #9 with a painted eagle on the back and along with 3 gold stars.
    Do you know anything about it. It has never been used.

    • Hi Jimmy

      Sounds like you have a nice piece of Americana. I could be wrong but I’m unaware of any painted commemorative cast iron. I’d place my bets it was painted for decorative proposes and used for display. I’ve seen a few painted skillet but I mostly come across this style of folk art on antique firkin buckets and old pantry boxes.

      Thanks for sharing, enjoy your skillet.

  52. Perhaps someone here can lend a hand. I recently bought an 1890s vintage Wagner, straight logo #8 skillet. As might be expected in its 120-130 year lifetime, it had been tossed in the fire and overheated. There are a couple small damaged areas of “red” iron. I’d really like to save this skillet. The one time I tried to season a red skillet, I had little success. I’ve run this one through electrolysis and lye, so it’s clean. Any ideas?

    • Hi Farmer

      I haven’t had any experience seasoning cast iron with fire damage. Hopefully someone can share their expertise.


    • Hi there Bree thanks for getting in touch.

      It sounds like you have a No9 dual logo. With no “i” hey that’s neat.

      There are quite a few different versions of National skillets. Because your skillet has a pattern number “1359c” I’d say your pan was made Circa 1930s to mid-1940s.

      Cheers Bree enjoy your vintage cast-iron.

    • Hi Kim

      Thanks for your question.

      A single letter at the base of a skillet could be an indication of which mold used to make the cookware. If there was a problem with the casting workers could quickly identify the suspect mold and remove it from production without stopping the line. Or a molder’s mark probably an initial of the makers name.

      Many unmarked Lodge skillets have a single raised single letter around the 6 o’clock position and a raised number on the handle. Other old Lodge skillets may have a single notch in the heat ring at the 12 o’clock position. Or three notches in the heat ring at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock position.

      Hope this helps

  53. I have an heirloom skillet I’d like to date and value. The logo is the stylized Wagner logo situated at 12:00 without the Sydney stamp. It simply says Wagner Ware. At 6:00 there are 2 lines in block lettering saying 13-1/2 INCH SKILLET, MADE IN U.S.A. The number 12 is stamped on the handle. Any ideas as I’m unable to determine through internet searches.

    • Hi, Kelley

      Thanks for the question. It sounds like your piece was made in or after the 1960s. A regulation was passed during the time requiring manufacturers to indicate the country of manufacture, probably because of lower cost and quality imports coming out Asia at the time.

      Wagner Ware cast iron with made in the U.S.A., unfortunately, holds less value than the older Wagner Ware Sidney O pieces and was made after Wagner sold of their patents and naming rights to another company. However, larger skillets such as your No 12 often sell at higher prices depending on condition.

      A good place to see current value is the sold listings on eBay. Just keep in mind online prices are often higher than other methods of buying or selling.

      Hope this helps

    • Hi, Jane thanks for the contact.

      You have a really interesting old Wagner. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on your piece. Hopefully, another collector will read the comments and can shed more light on your ironware.

      Enjoy your Wagner

    • I have several Wagner Cast Iron pieces that I am trying to date and determine if they are made with nickel. All have smooth bottoms. Two have WAGNER’s 1891 Original with seasoning instructions. The other is a Wagner Ware, Sidney -O- numbered 1268 J. Are you able to help me with this?

      • Hi Bridget

        Thanks for your question.

        Your Wagner Ware 1268 J. is the older of your cast iron holloware. As a rough estimate, I’d say your Dutch oven is circa 1935-1959. Some collectors may date the Wagner stylized logo as early as the 1920s. However, I prefer to give a conservative estimate to avoid disappointment.

        Unfortunately, you may be disappointed with your 1891 Wagner cast iron original. These are commemorative pieces celebrating Wagners 100th Anniversary. They were probably manufactured from 1991-1999 and not considered collectable. However, I’m sure it’s a great pan to use.

        Nickel-plated cast iron is very noticeable and will have a tin or shiny appearance. However, regular unseasoned cast iron is also quite shiny. I’d recommend you compare your Dutch oven with a few Google images. It could be worth noting that chromium and nickel are still used to make modern stainless steel cookware to this day.

        Hope this helps

  54. I have a stylized Wagner ware No.8 Drip Drop Roaster made of Magnalite. Can you tell me when it was made and possibly cost ?

    • Hi R.W.

      Thanks for your question

      I hear those who use Maganlite are just as passionate about their cookware like us cast iron collectors. I tend to stay away from giving an estimate on the value of vintage cookware. The sold listings on eBay can give you an indication of Magnalite values of similar condition and those with plastic and metal knobs.

      Have a look at the bottom of your Wagner Drip Roaster. Because Wagner made a large range of aluminum cookware before introducing the Magnalite range. It sounds like your Drip Roaster will have a stylized logo and read Round Roaster or Oval Roaster without Magnalite circa 1920s-1940s.

      However, if the bottom has Wagner Ware + Magnalite it was made circa 1930s-1970s. Magnalite is around 94 percent aluminum with the remainder being a magnesium alloy.

      Hope this helps

    • Hi there Tara

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ll be honest some of the larger Wagner skillets with a heat ring or one with a rare logo can cost as much as Le Creuset skillet. A fair chunk of change.

      However, please don’t let this put you off vintage cast iron cookware. Half the fun of collecting cast iron is finding hidden gems at garage sales at bargain prices. Also, you can pick up a #8 or #9 Wagner skillet at a much lower price compared to a large #12 Wagner skillet.

      If you’re looking for good vintage skillet, Wagner cast iron could be a good choice. They often sell for less than Griswold cast iron but they are comparable in quality. I’d check out eBay sold listings to familiarize yourself with current selling prices.

      Cheers Tara

  55. Hello I have a Wagner #6 logo
    The code on the other side of the pan is 1056Q

    Are you able to tell me the year when it was made thank you Ken

    • Hi Ken,

      Thanks for the question.

      It sounds like you have a stylized logo. You didn’t mention a heat ring, so I’m guessing it’s a smooth bottom pan. I can’t give you a year but as a very rough timeline, I’d say the 1940s to mid-1950s.

      Enjoy using your vintage pan.

    • Hi Starlene,

      Unfortunately, to my knowledge, Wagner didn’t make any. However, I’m happy if another collector can share their knowledge of Wagner toys.

      You may know of the Wagner 100 Year Anniversary Toy Set (Wagner’s 1891 original) that includes a cornstick pan. Although it’s not considered a Wagner vintage collectable, it’s still cute.

      Thanks for the great question.


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