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Antique Wagner cast iron skillet cooking Okonomiyaki

What makes Wagner cast iron so collectible? Learn how to date, identify and the history of Wagner Ware.

Why do cast iron collectors and enthusiasts love Wagner Ware cast iron cookware? Like most of the old vintage iron, Wagner Ware has super smooth cooking surfaces and is lighter than modern cast iron. In fact, Wagner and its main competitor Griswold Manufacturing Co. were the two Goliaths which made some of the finest quality cast iron cookware of the late 19th to the mid 20th century. Today Wagner cast iron is highly collectible and sought-after by enthusiasts and those preferring vintage cast iron to newer pans. 

Sure much of vintage cast iron is collectible but what makes Wagner cast iron so sought-after?

Wagner Manufacturing Company and Griswold were the two leading cast iron cookware foundries in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Both companies were highly innovative and had a huge selection of products and a wide range of sizes. They were highly respected for their quality and were favored over other brands during the time.

Which was better Griswold vs. Wagner? I’m sure most cast iron fans recognize the quality of both Griswold and Wagner. If you have either a Wagner or a Griswold you have yourself a great pan. However, you don’t need a Wagner or Griswold skillet. I still have a soft spot for Sidney Hollow Ware and Favorite Piqua Ware.

Wagner cast iron with two other antique cast iron skillets.

Before checking to see if you have an old Wagner Ware skillet. This is what you can find in this article. 

1. Wagner cast iron “why is it so collectible?”

2. History of the Wagner Manufacturing Company

3. Where to buy Wagner cast iron

4. Considerations when buying Wagner cast iron cookware

5. How to identify and date antique Wagner cast iron using trademarks and logos. 

6. Final thoughts on collecting vintage Wagner Ware cast iron

What makes Wagner Cast iron so collectible?

Wagner cast iron is super smooth. 

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

Wagner Ware made their cast iron in the late 19th to mid 20th century.

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.

Collectors of Wagner cast iron are very lucky to have a full line of products and sizes to add to their collection. Heard of a Gem Pan? Me neither, however Wagner made those too. 

Sure, I think you can’t go wrong with a good old Wagner cast iron skillet it will serve you well 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, they’re pretty cheap. Although watch out for shipping costs, cast iron can be weighty. Some of the Wagner cast iron cookware 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. Aluminum cookware must have seemed revolutionary for the time.

Block logo or the ever so popular Wagner Ware Sidney O skillets you have a wide choice. 

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 other 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 few 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.”

The History of Wagner Manufacturing Company. 

Who founded Wagner Manufacturing? 

Wagner Manufacturing Company 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 works and the Sidney Manufacturing Company.

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.

Where was ‘Wagner cast iron’ or ‘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. 

Early growth strategies paid off for the company and Wagner cookware started to sell in Europe

The Wagner Manufacturing Company were quite aggressive for the time. Here’s what Wagner did in the early years of the company:

  • they bought out their main competitor (Sidney Hollow Ware Co.)
  • added several lines to their cookware range

Wagner Manufacturing Company added a nickel plated line to their cookware

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.

Wagner Ware also made 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. 

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 Company bought a major competitor

In 1897 Wagner bought a Sidney based competitor called Sidney Hollow Ware Co. from the founder and owner Phillip Smith. Sidney Hollow Ware also 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.

Sidney cast iron made by Wagner
Photo credit to Lanny Wadle

It was quite shrewd to buy the Sidney Hollow Ware Company, after all, Wagner Manufacturing and Sidney competed in the city and had 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 Willian H. Wagner joined to oversee the running of the foundry

In 1903 the Sidney Hollow Ware Company was sold back to the original founder Phillip Smith. Sadly due to heath reasons Phillip Smith did not reopen the foundry.

Wager Ware Sidney O skillet and two Sidney hollow ware skillets

Aluminum Ware Ware cookware exported to Europe.

By 1913 Wagner cast iron and aluminum products were selling in Europe. By this time Wagner had a full line of metal goods including:

  • furnaces 
  • metal grates
  • agricultural goods
  • aluminum tea kettles

I would be very hesitant to use aluminum because of the well documented health concerns. Mind you at the time the possible side effects of aluminum cookware were unknown. In the 1930s Wagner manufactured a cookware line with a patented aluminum alloy which they called Magnalite. Here is an ebay article on Magnalite.

In a gutsy move the Wagner Manufacturing Company introduced a new product in the mist of the great depression.

I have to take my hats off to Wagner because they introduced a new product line in one of the deepest recessions. Wagner Ware Magnalite is made very well, that’s no surprise when it comes to Wagner Made cookware. They were steadfast on making only quality products because Wagner Magnalite is such high quality it is still collected and used to this day.

The impact of the great depression on Wagner Ware cookware and Wagner cast iron 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 some didn’t.

Wagner Ware and Griswold combine, however it’s not the manufacturing powerhouse it could have been.

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.

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.

With the world rediscovering cast iron cookware will we see Wagner Ware skillets manufactured again?

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 stores 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

Here are some buying considerations when it comes to 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 huge market-share of the cookware market back in its hay-day and there are plenty of fantastic Wagner skillets and Dutch ovens available 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 platted.

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 are 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.

Wagner cast iron Logos and marking. How to date your vintage Wagner cookware.

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 skillet. This skillet show the block logo.
Wagner cast iron “Block logo” circa 1890s
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.
The arc logo may overlap the block logo. Circa 1891-1910

Double Arc Wagner Sidney O 1895-1915.

Wagner cast iron "Double Arc Logo"

Sidney Arc logo circa 1897-1903.

Straight Sidney 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 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

Wagner Sidney O skillet. Straight center logo
Wagner Sidney O skillet. Straight center logo. circa 1910-1915

Wagner Sidney O. Wagner slightly arced while Sidney O. Is straight. Low 1910-1915.

Wagner Sidney O. Wagner slightly arced while Sidney O. Is straight. Top 1915-1920.

Wagner Sidney O skillet with arc Wagner.
Arc Wagner and straight Sidney logo. This skillet was made circa 1915-1920.
Skillets made with the same logo but placed lower on the skillet were made circa 1910-1915.

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

Wagner Ware Sidney O marking. Close up photo of the logo
Wagner Ware Sidney Markings with arc Wagner and straight Ware and Sidney. Photo credit goes to ebay.com

Stylized Wagner Ware Sidney O. for regular skillets. Circa 1920-1924 with heat ring and single digit size number. 1924-1934 with heat ring and a four digit pattern number. Around 1935-1959 for skillets with no heat ring.

Smooth bottom Wagner cast iron skillet.
Stylized Wagner Ware Sidney O skillet. This skillet has a smooth base unlike earlier pan which would have a heat ring. Circa 1935-1959.

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

Wagner Ware Sidney 1058 cast iron skillet center logo
Centered Wagner Ware Sidney logo with heat ring circa 1924-1935

Pie Logo 1924-1934 to the best of my knowledge (different authoritative published works are inconsistent).

Wagner Ware cast iron skillet with pie logo
Wagner cast iron pie logo this skillet has a smooth base so it was most likely made between 1930-1934

National cast iron 1914-1930. 

National cast iron skillet with star markers mark.
Enonomy brand of Wagner Manufacturing Company. Circa 1914-1940

National with center Stylized Wagner Sidney O. 1930-1940.

National skillet with center Wagner Ware logo.
National skillet with center stylized Wagner Ware Sidney logo. Circa 1930-1940.

Long Life logo 1930s.

Long Life skillet made by Wagner Manufacturing
Long life logo economy brand made by Wagner Manufacturing Company. Photo credit goes to ebay.com

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

Montgomery Ward cast iron skillet logo
Montgomery Ward cast iron logo.
Wardway cast iron skillet. close photo of the Wardway logo.
Wardway cast iron made by the Wagner Manufacturing Company for Montgomery Ward.

Note: Photos used for educational / research purposes are credited to www.ebay.com and sellers. However, the photos are heavily modified from the original. 

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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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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