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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.
How old is my Wagner Ware skillet
Here’s a great skillet with a smooth base. This skillet was made circa 1935-1959.

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

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

Pie Logo 1924-1934 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. We were recently given a waffle iron that was my grandmother’s, but possibly her mother’s. We are trying to date it. Do the same “rules” apply to the looks of the logo as on the skillets? This has the patent date of Jul 26, 1892. It is a size 8. There were once wooden handles that attached to the “screws” that are a part of each side of the waffle iron. One iron is stamped with an F, the other with a G.

    • Hi Heidi

      Thanks for your question.

      You have a wonderful piece of vintage ironware. And you’re right it’s an old-timer. It looks like Wagner received several patents for their designs on Jul 26, 1892. Including square, rectangular and circular models. However, these waffle iron have a similar date of manufacture. I’d say circa 1890s-1915.

      I trust this helps and I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from your waffle iron.

  2. Our grandmas old cast iron (mom said it’s been around as long as she knows(before she got it)she’s 88! says
    Wagner ware Sidney 0 with 7 on the bottom. Not the fancy W.
    Round roaster
    Lid has patented dec,4,17
    7A in the center of a double starburst
    Just got curious!
    Made a great blackberry cobbler! Yum!

    • Hi Mary

      Thanks for getting in touch and I guess, grandma is very happy you are treasuring her Round Roaster.

      The patent dates on the cover can give a good indication on when your roaster was made. And Grandma is right, it’s close to one hundred year old. I believe these ovens were made in the 1920s before the introduction of the stylized logo.

      Hope this points you in the right direction and happy cooking.

  3. Hello – I have really enjoyed reading up on the history of Wagner Ware cast iron. I recently found and re-seasoned a long griddle that was my grandparents. It has the stylized Wagner Ware SIDNEY -O- on the top part of the underside and then 1149 on the bottom part. It it also has a heat ring on the underside. My family is guessing it’s date range is 1930’s. Thoughts on the date range? It makes some amazing pancakes! And has been a great addition to our cast iron collection.

    • Hi Teresa

      Good on you for restoring your grandparents griddle.

      You’re spot-on with the age of the griddle. It sounds like the griddle has reinforcing on the base, in the shape of an X connecting to a circle. I believe Wagner first introduced this version of the long griddle in the 1930s and continued throughout the 1950s.

      Thanks Teresa, hope this helps.

  4. Hi Boonie,
    I am so excited to find this site! I recently inherited my mom’s Wagner Ware Sidney -o- skillet. It is marked with 1058 near the base of the handle and I’m wondering what year it was made. It has a stylized logo and no fire ring. Thank you for any info!

    • Hi Anita

      Thanks for your getting in touch. Sorry, I accidentally responded to your first contact further down the comments section by mistake.

      Hey, your mum will be so happy, that you are taking care of her skillet. I believe your Wagner skillet was manufactured between 1935-1959. So it’s a true vintage piece.

      Cheers Anita, enjoy your skillet.

  5. I think my skillet is yet another logo style. It has the stylized Wagner logo, near the top of the pan. It also contains the name of the skillet, size and 5 digit skillet number. How can I attach photos?

    • Hi Shelia

      Thanks for getting in touch and it’s always exciting to see photos of old ironware. And you’re welcome to send the photos to booniehicks@gmail.com

      From there I can see what you have.

      Cheers Shelia, have a good day.

  6. What a fantastic site! Thanks for sharing all this great info.

    So I found a Wagner 8″ skillet at Value Village today but I don’t see its logo on this page – WAGNER (arced) over ARE (straight), but no SIDNEY, a 5 on the handle, and at 6:00 there’s 8 INCH SKILLET and MADE IN USA then at the very bottom a G (or maybe a 6?).

    I guess it’s not really collectible per se, but I was happy to find it! Would it be from the 60s?

    • Hi Lynne

      Thank you very much, it’s very motivating when I hear from people enjoying the site. Hoping to expand in to traditional recipes later on, and that will be a lot of fun.

      It’s an interesting question, and would you believe, I just had another reader inquire about his fathers skillet with the same logo.

      It sounds like you know your vintage ironware. You’re spot-on with the date. I believe you have a pan made by General Housewares Corporation. The company made Wagner Ware in 1960s-1990s. But from your description I believe you have an earlier logo, circa 1960s-1970s.

      Although not as collectable as the old-timers, I’m sure it’s going to cook up a storm in your kitchen.

      Happy cooking

  7. Hi, Great article! it was a very good read.
    My dad gave me a Wagnar cast iron pan a few years ago. He said he has had it along time. I can’t figure out its date though. It has Wagnar Ware written on the back of the pan furthest from the handle with the W used for both wagnar and ware. On the back closest to the handle it says 8 inch skillet made in USA. But on the front at the base of the handle it has a 5. Any ideas? Is there any way I can send you photos of it?

    • Hi Billy

      Thanks for your kind words of encouragement, I’m really happy you enjoyed the article.

      It’s fantastic you’re researching your dad’s ironware. It sounds like your skillet was made after 1960. I estimate, late 1960s-1970s. It wasn’t made by the original Wagner family and foundry. Instead it was made by General Housewares Corp, a company that owned the rights to produce Wagner Ware during this time.

      The number on the handle was used when people cooked on wood stoves. And would stop the pan from moving around.

      But you’re welcome to send in few pictures of your pan, I’d love to check it out. Here’s my email address: booniehicks@gmail.com

      Cheers Billy

  8. Hi, I have a centralized block letter “Wagner” logo nickel plated with heat ring 6 inch skillet (6 is stamped near the edge by the handle). Any ideas of age?

    • Hi Jeff

      Thanks for getting in touch, and I hope you are getting a lot of use out of your skillet.

      The block “WAGNER” without Sidney -O- is an early logo. And I believe these skillets were manufactured circa 1890s-1915. Wagner made regular cast-iron and plated cast-iron skillets at the same time. But your welcome to cross reference your logo with the logos in this guide.

      Cheers Jeff, hope this helps.

  9. I just got a very nice cast iron pan from an eBay seller, and I’m wondering if it could be an unmarked Wagner. It’s 3-1/4″ deep. On the back near the bottom it says 10-1/2 inch chicken fryer, with a P centered below that at the very bottom. There’s a P on the back of the handle near where it joins the pan, and an 8 on the top of the handle.

    There’s also kind of an odd shaped piece on the bottom of the handle where it joins the pan, looks like a little brace, for lack of a better word. Your thoughts, please?

    • Hi Jeannie

      Thanks for getting in touch. And you’re right, your chicken fryer sounds like an unmarked Wagner.

      The size and location of the wording is an indication of post-1960 Wagner. Does it have MADE IN THE USA marking as well? Because the reinforcing tab, as you know, is unusual. And I think it was made after 1960.

      I suspect your chicken fryer was made by General Housewares Corporation. When they had the confidence to alter the original Wagner/Griswold molds.

      I’m inclined to date your pan from the 1970s rather than the unmarked Wager Ware pans using Griswold molds in the 1960s.

      I hope this points you in the right direction.


  10. Hey there, Wayne Sawyer again. I’ve acquired a heavily carboned frying pan with only the letters SK visible. I am sure that there is no I after them that would begin to spell “skillet”. Any ideas what the SK might be? There don’t seem to be any other markings, although it is very gunky and the gunk could be hiding something.

    • Hi Wayne

      It’s great to hear from you. And it sounds like you’ve found another interesting piece.

      I believe the SK stands for skillet on old Lodge pans. And I suspect the pan also has a heat ring and was most likely made in the 1950s. If you find Made In The USA, then it’s a 1960s pan.

      Have fun restoring your pan.

  11. I bought a Wagner Ware Sidney 0 that has the heat ring and the number 10B on the bottom for 5 dollars.

    I was literally going to give it to my patient to make cornbread. HOWEVER, my husband said. Are you crazy? It’s so heavy, I need two hands to hold it. That’s why I was giving it away. I’m thinking 1920’s?

    • Hi Elicia

      Thanks for getting in touch and sharing your purchase with us.

      Wow. Very exciting, it sounds like you have an early Wagner skillet. You didn’t mention a four digit pattern number. This is another indication of an early pan.

      You’ll be able to compare the logo on your skillet with the examples on this identification guide. But from your description it’s sounds like you have an early Wagner with stylized logo, circa 1920-1924 but if it has quotation marks, it’s an earlier pan.

      And for five dollars, that’s an absolute bargain. Larger skillets such as the #10 are sought-after by collectors and sell for higher prices.

      Secretly, it sounds like your husband has his keen eye on the skillet. And I wouldn’t blame him. Early Wagners are beautiful pans.

      Well done on your find.

  12. I have a Dutch Oven that was my grandmothers. The lid has Wagner Ware but the pan only says 5qt. Any thoughts about what this really is?

    • Hi Kelly

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m sure your grandmother is very happy that you are researching her old Dutch Oven. It’s interesting the lid is marked while the base is unmarked. But from your description I believe the Dutch Oven is also a Wagner.

      Cheers, have fun using your vintage ironware.

  13. I found a skillet at a garage sale . On the bottom at the top says Wagner, under that with the same W says Ware and under that says Sidney and under that -0-. On the bottom 1055C. On the front on the handle is number 5. Can you tell me something about this skillet? I have restored it and seasoned it 4 times with Crisbee.

    • Hi Darlene

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      With four layers of Crisbee I’m sure your skillet looks fantastic. That would have taken a lot of time and effort. But I bet your skillet has a nice even layer of seasoning.

      Your skillet has the Wagner Ware stylized logo and it was an extremely popular. It also has a pattern number and this places your skillet circa-1920s-1950s. Unfortunately, the pattern number gives no indication of the date of manufacture.

      Is the skillet completely flat on the base? If so, you have a skillet with a smooth bottom. Wagner manufactured these skillets circa 1935-1959. It might take 30 seconds to load, but you’ll be able to confirm the dates using the reference guide on this page and compare your skillet with the pictures.

      Cheers Darlene, I hope this helps.

  14. Boonie,

    I hate to hit you with another question after just recently asking you, but… I’ve just received a Wagner Ware Cornbread skillet, with a stylized logo and MADE IN THE USA near the handle. I’m guessing it’s 1960 or later, but I draw a blank. There is no other markings on the skillet!


    • Hi there Mark

      It’s good to hear from you.

      It sounds like you have a Wagner Ware Cornbread Wedge Skillet. I think your spot-on with your identification, and I’d also place it around the 1960s.

      It’s not as old as your waffle irons but I’d say you’re going to get plenty of use from it. Nice find.

      Cheers, hope you this helps

  15. I have a Wagner Ware Sidney -0- 10.5 inch chicken fryer 1401 with heat ring. I want to find a lid for this pan. I have had it since the early 70’s. When was it manufactured?

    • Hi Bammie

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I suspect your chicken fryer is older than 1970s and I probably place it circa 1930s. I believe you have the base of a double skillet and you need a lid with the same pattern number, 1401. The cover is a hinged on the handle and should fit onto your chicken fryer. If you want a lid, eBay is your best bet. Please keep in mind you’ll be essentially lifting two skillets and this will be rather weighty.

      But good luck with your search and I hope you enjoy your vintage Wagner.

  16. Boonie,

    I recently picked up a Wagner Ware #8 Waffle Iron with, both a high and low base. The irons are marked with the Stylized Wagner Ware Sidney -O- in a raised circle in the center of the irons. Just under this are the words “PAT’D FEB., 22 1910.” There is also the letter “C” and, either a “B” or “8” at the base of the handles. I’m guessing that these are 1935 -1950 vintage cast iron, can you confirm?


    • Hi Mark

      Thanks for getting in touch and it sounds like you’re a fellow collector.

      You didn’t mention a four digit pattern number under the logo so I think you have an earlier model with the #8 located in the inner circle. From my understanding these were made in the 1920s. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Wagner made them a few years earlier. Ten years from having gained a patent to starting production is a long time.

      I’m sure you’ll have a few friend knocking on your door, once they find out you have some old waffle irons.

      Have fun using them.


    • Hi Sheila

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It sounds like you have a Wagner Ware made by General Housewares Cooperation before they started adding their own logo. I’d say you have a 1960s era pan. Lucky find.

      Hope this helps and enjoy your skillet.

  18. I have a Wagner skillet/grill that has the name Wagner Sidney O and the four digit 1129. No heat ring. If I am understanding the charts on this link that is was made from 1935-1959? I just was wondering. This was my mother in laws and I found it in the kitchen after she passed

    • Hi Rebecca

      Thanks for getting in touch and I’m sure your mother-in-law will be so pleased you’re looking after her old Wagner grill pan.

      You’re spot-on the dates. However, we can narrow the date of manufacture a little more. It is likely Wagner made this pan in the 1950s. Wagner made two pans of this style. Your grill pan 1129-V and the slightly smaller 1126-V.

      I hope this helps and I hope you have a lot fun using your skillet


  19. I have a “Sterling Aluminum” ABC plate that’s marked with the sylized logo (no Sidney). Also says “Warm Plate” and the number 336. I have not been successful in finding out much about this plate and hoping you can help. When was it made? Were there other pieices of sterling aluminum?

    • Hi Kathleen

      Thanks for getting in touch and your question might bring a smile and fond childhood memories to some readers.

      You have a Wagner child’s plate. Similar to todays Disneys plates with their favorite character. Although these plates were often special gifts given to an expecting mother, to the child as a birthday present or as a christening gift by a loved one. Something the child could treasure as they grew up. In Britain, Bunnykins plates were popular gifts.

      I wonder if Wagner used sterling aluminum as a marketing ploy because of the tradition of gifting items made of sterling silver.

      I imagine your Wagner Ware 336 Warm Plate was made circa 1950s. Around the same time as the Wagner Magnalite 4000 Child’s plate of the same design. However, it could be earlier. You’re very lucky to have such a treasure, these plates are pretty rare.

      Thanks for sharing

  20. I have read through all of these comments and I still can’t identify my skillet. It’s an unmarked, cast iron that says 10 1/2 inch skillet and has the letter E under it and on the handle. I think it means it’s a Wagner but can you tell me anything else about it? Does it have any value? I’ve cleaned it and it’s beautiful.

    • Hello Darlene

      Thank you so much for getting in touch and let’s try to identify your skillet.

      The wording 10 1/2 inch skillet should be placed lower on the pan. Also take a careful look at the back of the handle. The point the handle mets the pan should flatten and look triangular in appearance. This is a telltale sign of an unmarked Wagner.

      Many unmarked skillets with a smooth bottom were made circa 1960s. Unfortunately, they don’t have as much value as the older pieces but are still desired for being lightweight and having a smooth cooking surface.

      I hope this helps and that you get a lot of enjoyment from your skillet.

      Have a good day

  21. I now have a new cast iron obsession with the great detail information! I have a Wagner Ware Sidney small skillet #3. I am trying to determine if the wood handle that is bolted to the handle of the skillet was made by the former owner or if the company made these and sold. The wood handle is indicative of a lot of use in fire as there is some charring where the wood handle meets the skillet handle. Your feedback is appreciated.

    • Hi Lara

      Thanks for getting in touch and I hope you’re enjoying your little Wagner Ware. Wagner produced ironware with wooden handles. However, I have not seen a Wagner with a bolted handle. I believe original handles were threaded so the handle could screw on and off. These handles usually have a ring on the end so you can hang and display your skillet in your kitchen.

      Your suspicions could be correct and I wonder if a previous owner replaced the handle. Very cool.

      Hope this answers your question


  22. Hi! My grandmother had a square Wagner skillet that has been lost and I have been searching for one like it. It looked like the 1101D bacon and eggs skillet but did not say bacon and eggs. I remember the logo was crooked and I think I remember her saying the separation in the pan was placed differently but I may be wrong. I saw one at an estate sale in Asheville NC which is where she lived but I wasn’t able to get it. Was this a predecessor to the 1101D or perhaps a flawed batch with the crooked logo?

    • Hi Anna

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately, I can’t point you in the right direction. Vintage Lodge breakfast skillets have two egg squares near the handle similar the Wagner made Wardward Breakfast Skillets but sadly I haven’t come across a breakfast skillet as your Grandmothers used. If you come across another Wagner with a crooked logo please take a few cheeky pictures I’d love to see it.

      Cheers, have a good day

  23. Hi , I just bought some cast iron pans and I’m trying to learn about them. 1 says Tite Top Dutch oven, Wagner Ware. In the middle it says Griswold in like a cross. Below it says made in made in USA. Pat”D Mar 16 20. Any help would be great. Thank you !

    • Hi Kathy thanks for getting in touch.

      You mention you have purchased a couple of pans but I’m assuming you are describing a Dutch Oven with two logos.

      If that is the case your pot was made sometime after 1960 and by the General Housewares Corporation. The company owned the rights of both Wagner and Griswold patents. It sounds like you have a circa 1970-1975 Wagner dual logo oven that came with original glass lid.

      However, it’s not uncommon for the lids to chipped around the edges and on the handle. Sometimes previous owners decide to replace the lid with a replacement glass or cast iron lid.

      Congratulations on your purchase. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it.

  24. Hi Boonie,

    I just bought a Wagner Ware 1287 Roaster Pan with no lid. How rare are these roasting pans? I’d like to find a lid for it, but these pans seem pretty rare. It has the rounded stylized logo. And is there a website that displays the different pans and approximate numbers of how many were made? Thanks, –Greg

    • Hi Greg

      Thanks for the contact and it sounds like you’ve made a nice purchase.

      These roasters are a little hard to come by and command healthy selling prices for ovens in good condition. It’s not uncommon for lids to go missing over the years and finding a pan without a cover is not surprising. However, collectors pay more for Wagner Oval Roasters with lids and a trivet. You might have some luck finding a number 7 lid on eBay. Look for a lid with the same wording thats on the base of your pan or a lid with 5 lines around the circumference of the lid. However, it might take a while for one to list as you’re just looking for the individual lid.

      Cheers hope this helps.

  25. My husband had his family’s 3 iron skillets and 1 round roaster stored in his mothers old hutch for 30+ years. I have reconditioned the 10 inch skillet, which was quite a feat. I gave it to one of our four grown children. I am ready to recondition the round roaster but I would like some feedback on it please. On the bottom it says:

    WAGNER (in an arc)
    WARE (straight
    SIDNEY ( straight)

    In the middle it say:

    It does not have legs. And The top of the pan says, WAGNER (in an arc) above the handleI can barely read the rest but I think it says,
    DRIP, and thats all I can read but it has 2 more words.So eager to find out as my husband has since passed at a very young age.

    • Dear Shelly

      Thank you ever so much for your contact. And I’m very I sorry to hear about your husband. However, I’m sure he is very pleased you are taking care of his mother’s ironware and researching his old Dutch Oven.

      From your description, I believe you have a Wagner Drip Drop Baster. You didn’t mention a three digit pattern number so I suspect you husbands Vintage Wagner Ware was produced early to mid 1920s. And you’ll a few pattern dates around this time on underside of the lid. It is a great find and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use from it once its cleaned up.

      It sounds like a fantastic project you have ahead of you.

      Hope this helps and have fun.

  26. Trying to collate all this info to date a recent acquisition, which is clearly(?) an unmarked Wagner, 8-inch, smooth bottom cast iron pan, whose only distinguishing features are “8” on the top of the handle, and a small letter “B” on the bottom — nothing else I can see.


    • Hi R.D.

      It’s nice to hear from you and it sounds like you’ve done some research.

      You’re right it sounds like a Wagner. However, there were a few manufacturers during this time that made unmarked skillets as well. A single letter could be an indication of a Wagner. However, if you turnover your skillet and check the handle design. The point the handle meets the pan should be flat and triangular in shape. This is a strong indication of an unmarked Wagner Ware.

      Cheers, hope this helps

  27. I found a cast iron 12″ x 24″ griddle in my home, which was built in 1929. It has a straight Wagner name on the bottom, with Sidney below that and then O below that. At the bottom is the number 10. It has a raised “ring” all around the bottom edges.

    I have been unable to find anything similar to this, let alone this particular size griddle. I would appreciate any thoughts you have on the age of this? Of course everyone wants to hear that their piece is old, rare and valuable!

    • Hello Rod

      It’s nice to receive your question.

      You’re very lucky to have an old character home and to have found a vintage piece of ironware.

      Interestingly, The griddle might be older than your home. From your description, I think your long griddle was made between 1910-1920. And I guess the handles have reenforcement in the center for added strength.

      It’s a large griddle, fingers crossed the griddle is level and is free from fire damage. To check current value type “Wagner long griddle” in eBay sold listings.The number 10 is less common so you might have to check back periodically.

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

  28. Hi. I just found a Dutch oven that has Wagner ware Sidney O on the bottom. It also has the word Magnalite in script along with 4248B on the bottom. Can you tell me anything about this pot?

    • Hi Patti

      Thanks for your question

      Magnalite owners love their cookware. Just like cast-iron, Magnalite cookware was poured into a mold. Because of this, Magnalite is thick and surprisingly weighty. It is also hard wearing, Magnalite is extremely well-made cookware. The cookware is made of an aluminum alloy so it will conduct beautifully. If you are looking at buying the oven, please take into account the potential safely concerns with aluminum cookware.

      Admittedly, I have to do further research but from your description, I believe your oven is made around the mid 1940s-1950s.

      Cheers, I hope this helps

  29. Hello!

    I have found your site really helpful and informative, and I am grateful to have such knowledge so readily available. I am quickly becoming a cast iron lover, and I found a piece today I just can’t seem to identify!

    I found an 8qt sized roaster/dutch oven/bean pot (not quite sure which!), complete with handle, Wagner Ware Sidney -o- Logo and smoke ring, making me believe it is from about 1924-1935, according to your wonderful resources. I am trying to figure out exactly what is is- it also has a descriptor on the bottom but I can’t quite make it out “MAS___N KETTLE” (the MAS is very clear, the N washed, and cant tell the letters in between) on the bottom. It is a big beautiful piece I would love some help identifying!

    Any help? Much Appreciated!

    • Hello Gavin

      Thanks for your question and I’m happy that you have found the resource useful.

      Wow, what a great find. From your description I believe you have a Wagner Maslin Kettle. It’s also consistent with the size. Maslin kettles in my part of the world are commonly used for making jams. But large pots were used for all sorts of jobs that needed a large vessel. There are also some references that mention these kettles were used to boil milk. If that is the case, then there could also be a connection to cheese making.

      Check the logo carefully for identification as you have done. Also your kettle might have a four digit pattern number. An 8 quart Wagner Ware Maslin Kettle with stylized logo may have the pattern number of 1198 on the base.

      I hope this helps and enjoy your kettle.

  30. Hi Brett,

    Thank you for curating such a well-researched and informative site! Before today I knew NOTHING about cast iron cookware except that it was heavy!

    My husband and I inherited a storage unit from his father, and it’s taken us more than a year to go through it. To say that the man was a “collector” is an understatement.

    Today we hit the cast iron motherlode! We found about 25 pieces, almost all of it Wagner Ware. There are multiple sizes of skillets and pots (some with heat rings and some with smooth bottom), 3 different sizes of Dutch ovens, 2 muffin pans, what appears to be a deep-sided oblong baker, a square skillet, and a super cool small square divided skillet that has the words “bacon and egg breakfast skillet” stamped on the back. There’s also a No. 7 Drip Drop Roaster that appears to be nickel-plated, as it has a dull gold finish outside. The inside of the lid has a double sunburst pattern. Altogether it was exciting to find such an extensive collection, even though we had no idea what we were looking at!

    The pieces are in good used condition, although many have a lot of deposits on the outside as they were used over open flames while camping. One skillet has a light, even coat of rust on the entire piece. We aren’t sure whether to attempt restoration on any of the pieces, as sometimes collectors appreciate the “patina”. Your thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.

    To your knowledge, did Wagner make very large, deep stew pots? We have two different sizes that each have a very long handle on one side, and a vertical handle with a loop on the other. My husband has vague childhood memories of his father using one of these in their fireplace – the pot apparently hung from iron pegs within the firebox in order to cook stew.

    We also found a couple of long-handled ladles that are more likely made of steel than cast iron, but they are incredibly heavy and could be made of coated cast iron.

    I have pictures of the entire haul, and I’d be happy to share them with you. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested. I’ve learned so much from your site today and I appreciate all the work you’ve invested to make the images and information available to everyone.

    • Hi Kelly

      Wow, thank you so much for getting in touch and sharing your story with us. I’m sure many of these pans will be rescued from storage and will take pride and place in your home. And your husbands father will be so happy.

      You have some very interesting pieces and I’d love to take you up on your offer. Your kindness will undoubtedly make this resource better and will help many others identify their cast iron.

      I’ll be in contact shortly and hopefully, I can help you with your ironware too.

      Many thanks

      • I too, have a round roaster drip 7” with lid & double starburst but believe it’s just cast iron? My mom said it’s been around probably over a hundred years old?
        Is she correct? I just made a blackberry cobbler in it! Worked great!

        • Hi Mary

          Fantastic, you’re very lucky to have an old Wagner Roaster. These pots are highly sought-after. I’ve seen your other message with description, so I’ll see if I can estimate the age of your Wagner Ware.


  31. I recently picked up a small iron skillet in a flea market that was marked with a Wagner logo on the bottom. It also included the instructions for how to season the skillet on the bottom right under the Wagner logo. Is this skillet an authentic piece of Wagner cast iron or is it some type of imitation? I can’t ever recall seeing seasoning instructions cast into the bottom of a frying pan. But maybe I’m not very familiar with all their trademarks.

    • Hi Paul

      Thanks for your question.

      You have a piece of ironware from the early 1990s. And was made by General Housewares Corp to celebrate 100 years of Wagner Ware. GHC owned to rights to the Wagner name and patterns however, you’re correct in your assumption that it’s not a piece of vintage cast iron. These pieces are not considered collectable however, I’m sure it will cook up a great breakfast for you and your family.

  32. I recently bought (I believe) an older unmarked Wagner. It has a heat ring and measures to be a #7. It has no markings on the bottom. The only mark is a (0) on the bottom of the handle. The zero measures 1/4″ .
    Any info will be appreciated.

    Tom King

    • Hi Tom

      It’s nice to hear from you.

      I would also be inclined to think your pan is an unmarked Wagner, possibly from the 1930s. As you’ve noticed the letter on the back of the handle is an indication of Wagner. We also know Wagner made a number of unmarked skillets. It’s not certain but it looks like you’ve got yourself a nice unmarked Wagner.

      Great spotting

  33. Hi Boonie , I have a no 8 deep side skillet.1088 D trying to figure out from about yr on this .. I also have a smaller no 5 with a 1053 on it .. Hoping you can help me figure it out .. Love all the info ..

    • Hi Kim

      Thanks for your question and I’m really happy you’re enjoying the info on the site.

      Your smaller Wagner Ware 1053 I suspect is a very cute vintage size 3. If your pan has a stylized logo and a smooth bottom, your skillet was made around 1939 to 1957.

      The Wagner deep skillet can be a little harder to identify without looking at the original lid. If your lucky enough to have the original lid check to see if there is any writing. A lid with raised lettering will place your deep skillet from 1920s-1930s. But if the lid is embellished with 5 circular lines it’s a 1940s era pan.

      I really hope this points you injured the right direction.

      Happy cooking.

  34. I have a Wagner 8 that, judging from your article is circa 1935-1959. The number of top is nearly worn off but looks like 8 and it’s an 8″ skillet. All I can make out on the bottom is 10_ _ and what looks like a T. The thing is, it’s bright brass or maybe copper in color. It was restored using electrolysis. What’s with the copper/brass color?

    • Hi Greg

      Thanks for getting in touch

      Your question has me stumped. Wagner did work with brass but I suspect your skillet was originally plated with either nickel or chrome. Over the years this plating wears off but it can leave a vintage yellowish tone to the skillet. Interestingly, nickel and chromium are still used in the alloy to make modern stainless steel cookware.

      Cheers Greg. Good on you for restoring these old vintage pieces.

  35. Glad I found this site, I just discovered I have a Wagner Ware skillet and trying to figure out its year from the information here. On the bottom it has the stylized Wagner Ware logo, no heat ring, says 6 1/2 INCH SKILLET and MADE IN USA with a #3 on the topside of the handle. Thanks

    • Hi Darryl

      Thanks for sending though your question.

      Have a look at the logo on your skillet, you’ll noticed it’s missing the Sidney O lettering present on older pans. And because your skillet has Made In The USA, I believe your pan was made in the 1960s or possibly early 1970s before General Housewares Corp added their own logo to their cookware range.

      Cheers Darryl hope this helps.

  36. Hello.

    I just pulled out of my barn a dirty, somewhat rusted, Wagner Ware Sidney -0- #1058 engraved on the bottom (#”8″ on the handle) and am endeavoring to restore it. I found a useful site for that but I notice the inside of the pan has areas of dark black that are patchy.

    Is this merely something in the metal or might it be something else. I really want to use this pan but am concerned something in the metal might be breaking down. Can you advise?

    Thank you! Gregg

    • Hello Gregg

      Thank you very much for your contact.

      It sounds like you had a successful day pottering around your barn. The mention of black patches on your Wagner doesn’t raise any alarm bells. Unless you think the skillet was painted with early paint.

      But it sounds like the black patches on your skillet is simply old seasoning protecting your pan from rust. And I recommend removing all the old seasoning in your restoration project and apply your own for peace of mind. If you are worried about potential contamination from lead paint. You local hardware store should have 3M lead testing kits that are surprising cheap.

      Have fun restoring your skillet. My advice as a collector is to stay away from power tools and keep your skillet original.

      Hope this helps

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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.


  49. 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

  50. 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

      • Hello,

        I just inherited my mom’s Wagner Ware 8” skillet with the stylized logo that says Sidney -o- and the number 1058 on the bottom. It does not have a fire ring, can you tell what year this was made and where?

        Thank you so much!

        • Hi Anita

          Thanks for getting in touch, and I’m sure your mum is very happy you are researching her vintage skillet.

          From your description I can date your number 8 Wagner circa 1935-1959. Your skillet was made in the original Wagner foundry and that was in Sidney, Ohio.

          I hope you enjoy using 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


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