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Doug D. 01-08-2015 02:02 PM

Don't Show, Just Tell
 
I thought it would be interesting to know how forum members became CI collectors or avid users. I came up with a short list of questions. Feel free to add to this thread with your answers (but no photos). Please keep replies in this thread confined to responses to the original post questionnaire.:

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

1. A 1970s Lodge 10SK skillet I grabbed from my parents' garage sale to equip my own kitchen.

2. I don't use every piece I own, but I do use CI to cook in nearly every day, so both.

3. A Wagner Ware (no Sidney -O-) Made In USA #3 skillet at a flea market.

4. A Griswold #7 SBL grooved handle skillet at a flea market.

5. I'll go with sentimental over rare or useful, and say my grandmother's Griswold #8 LBL smooth bottom skillet.

6. Hard to narrow to three, but among them would be a Griswold #14 turk's head pan, any Wagner pie logo skillet I don't already have, or a Favorite Piqua waffle iron with the sunrise logo and the original blue enameled base.

JaredS 01-08-2015 05:39 PM

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1. Lodge logic 12" preseasoned, circa 2004.
2. More user; I don't intend to buy any piece if it's not something I'd use.
3. Iron Mountain #3.
4. Iron mountain #3? If that's not considered "collectible" I'd have to say the third series Erie I got recently.
5. Erie.
6. 1: Erie second series 10 with circle triangle star makers mark. 2. Not one item, but I'd love to have the entire Iron Mountain line of cast. That would be cool.

Stephen Pool 01-08-2015 09:34 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
--A Lodge 12" pre-preseasoning era skillet that I found under the counter of my second apartment.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
--User who likes old and unique cookware.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
--I collect pieces to use...first piece I had to have was a Lodge Pineapple Pan.
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
--First ever, Griswold #8 Skillet with Lid from my Grandmother. First I bought,Griswold Crispy Corn Stick Pan.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be? The unmarked Lodge DO, unmarked Lodge Deep Skillet and Griswold #8 Skillet with Lid....all my Grandmothers.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Bundt pan, Griswold #14 Large Block TM, Lodge Deep Fish Fryer 3060 with 3093 Lid or Sportsman Duck lid.

Glenn Brown 01-08-2015 10:47 PM

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First, let me say this. I remember being in my grandmothers' kitchens--'50s,
'60s and watching them cook and clean cast iron. Ask one, why do you have that stack of newspapers? Answer, "To clean the pans." Before paper towels.
1. Wagner #10 skillet(70s brand new)--that's what mom used, only hers was a Griswold.
2. I'm a user. We have 6 pieces we use regularly at the house. I have 5 pieces at the camp--use them when I'm up there. Have about 15 pieces at my storage that I use infrequently.
3. As a user, never looked for collectibles--"usefulness". Have some nice old pieces. One of our favorites is one made in Taiwan--#8--just right for a good pone of cornbread.
4. Martin Stove & Range #12 pot with lid--destined for the scrap yard, resurrected it. Cleaned up nicely, used it a couple of times. Sold it recently on Ebay. Close to collecting as I'll get, I figure.
5. Mom's #10 Griswold--too many memories.
6. No clue. I'll run across something sometime, always do. Something that is a dream to someone. I'm just lucky in that regard--seem to stumble on things from time to time that are just insane.
7. I joined this site to learn about those things I love--one such is cast iron. I'm here, not to collect valuables, but to learn of those things our ancestors used in the trivial (to some meaningless) activities they did in day to day life. I'm of a historical mindset--not the big stuff--but the day to day little things they did back then.

CPorter 01-09-2015 01:21 AM

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I was on a mission to find the best way to cook a steak, A friend of a friend suggested getting a cast iron skillet hot on the stove top and searing both sides then transferring in the same skillet to a hot oven to cook until medium. Found a #10 3 notch lodge at a thrift store, looked up my find and started my obsession.

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
#10 Lodge 3 notch.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
I have about 10 pieces I use for different purposes, A Griswold #9 lbl for burgers, Favorite Piqua round griddle for heating tortillas and pancakes, #8 BSR for sauteing, and a Wagner Ware chicken fryer for deep frying, are among my most used. So to answer the question I use them daily and of my 120 or so pieces I have tried at least 75 of them. User and Collector here.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A #7 "Wagner" which I overpaid for at an antique store.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Not sure what is meant by "truly collectible" if any thing pre 1960 qualifies I guess it would be the # 7 "Wagner" mentioned above. But I remember being very happy finding my first Griswold LBL.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
I can narrow it down to two, my first series #9 Erie Skillet or my #3 Griswold MBL with the BSA decal.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
A Griswold spider logo would be awesome, I collect a lot of #3 just to have examples of different logos so I am also looking of wapak #3 indian and a #3 cliff cornell. probably not the rarest of items but certainly ones I always look for.

7. What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
Mine are very supportive and look for items for me, many of my nicer pieces my dad has picked up at yard sales, but this also means I end up paying for the occasional paper weight out of obligation. Please call me before you buy it!

JBPoole 01-09-2015 07:52 AM

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I have been collecting for about one year. Never thought I would ever have have an interest in cast iron. I really enjoy the transformation from rust and crud to a like new finish.

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A 1940-1960 Lodge #3. Cost me $2.00.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Collector, although I use my corn stick pans from time to time.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
The Lodge #3, my "experimental" piece.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Although all CI is collectible to me, I guess my first "better" piece was a either a small logo Griswold #10 or a Wagner #8 chicken fryer.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
My Lodge single notch hammered #3. Really fine finish, extra smooth cooking surface. A very nice little skillet.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I would love to have any brand name, nickel plated, hammered skillet with the original label still on it.

7. What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
I'm the only one who "gets it."

Michael Talton 01-09-2015 10:54 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

a Lodge skillet I bought from the local hardware store.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

hmmm...I collect nice pans to use. about a dozen skillets, a couple DOs and a waffle iron. use them all, some of them daily.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

a WWSO - can't remember the size.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

found a #6 Good Health Skillet at our local Habitat for Humanity store for $2. figured it was some 70s hippie pan when I looked at the bottom, y'know? it hid in the closet for a while until someone gave me an Erie scotch bowl and I started doing research on CI.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

tough question - guess it would be my late 1800's gate-marked unnamed #7 skillet. cost me $7 at a junk shop. that's the one I use everyday.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

i sure would like to find one of those Griswold loaf pans, with the cover. the one with the handle coming off the long side - I think its a #877. maybe one of those late 18oo pans that is nicely cast - like those 3 that SteveStephens posted pics of several months back. can't remember the name at the moment.

7. What do friends and family think of your obsession

as long as I keep cooking with them, my family is happy. my friends and colleagues are ok too, since I've helped several of them resurrect their old skillets.

Jeffrey R. 01-09-2015 03:55 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Griswold # 16 muffin pan. Found it in a 13 bedroom home clean out, free.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both, I started collecting only iron that I would use, that did not last long now a horder.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Griswold # 16 muffin pan.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Griswold # 16 muffin pan.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
1800's gate-marked unnamed #7 skillet, single pour spout with fancy handle.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

The earlier the better. I have not seen it yet, when I do the chase is over. Will not let that happen.

7. What do friends and family think of your obsession?
If they have a problem with my cast iron hording, they just might have a problem with everything else I collect

John E 01-09-2015 08:49 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

I bought a Martha Stewart (MSE) skillet from K-Mart probably 10 years ago. It was terrible. It sat unused, buried in my cabinet for years. Eventually I got it back out for something, and got so frustrated that it started me on the path to vintage iron. I remember as a kid helping my mother and grandmother cook, and how amazing their skillets were. I came to learn that my mother's are WWSO and my grandmother's are Favorite. With that knowledge and google, I ended up here.

Oh, that MSE? It's now the sacrificial anode in my e-tank :D

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

First and foremost a user. I don't think of myself so much as a collector. I enjoy the restoration process, and I think more than anything I love to be able to look at a completely caked over piece and have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to find underneath the crud. Being able to pick the one good piece out of the pile of 20 that are selling for $5 each is great.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

I told my mother I was hunting for some skillets, and she bought me a Griswold SBL #5 before I could find anything.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

Griswold SBL #5

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

Probably my #9 3rd series ERIE. It is garbage as a collectible because someone ground the heat ring off of it. However, it sits dead flat on my ceramic cooktop, heats evenly, and has a perfect cooking surface. I use it almost every day.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

There's nothing really specific that I'd like to have. I don't collect anything in particular. I don't try to build sets. I just know when I run across something nice at a good price, I pick it up, clean it up, and give it a good home.

RickC 01-10-2015 05:39 AM

Re: Don't Show, Just Tell
 
1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

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1.) Lodge 3-notch No. 6. Given to me by my Mother about 2 years ago now. 1/8" thick seasoning inside & out. Mother told me that she got this skillet shortly after her and my Father were married. 1969, and she's cooked in it ever since. Too small for me to use daily as I like a lot of room to move around, but this is one I'll never sell or clean up.

2.) Collector first, user second. BUT. I've spent most of my life eating crappy food. Fast food, frozen dinners, anything I could heat up in a microwave. Bachelor Chow.
Since starting to collect, I've been experimenting and making more meals at home than I ever have in my entire life. The microwave rarely gets used anymore. Cooking is now more fun to me if I can use a 100+ year old pot or piece that most normal people would rather scrap than having to clean up and make it a real user again.
I find a lot of fun in taking my rarest pieces and making a grilled cheese sandwich, browning up some meat & heating up tortillas for tacos, etc.. The more rare the item, the more I want to cook in it. I'll dig out a pan I haven't used in a while just to brown some toast. I can't say that I've cooked in ALL of my pieces, bit in time I'll get to them all.
I won't say that cast iron collecting has lead to me eating healthier, but it has led me to eating tastier food that I'm prouder of because I made it.

3.) Griswold No.8 704 skillet. (Before my fascination with other brands took hold.)

4.) Hmm.... Probably my No. 7 Wagner Ware pie logo skillet. It was probably the first skillet I bought with the thought in my head that "This is different, and it seems rarer than all of the usual stuff I see." For every 300 Griswold pieces I see, I might see one Pie Logo, and usually it's a No. 3. Any other size is harder to find. Waiting to find a 13 or 14 for $20 at a yard sale.

5.) It's far from my most expensive or rare piece, but for day to day usefulness, my No. 10 1270A Wagner round roaster / Drip Drop Lid. It could be used for bacon / eggs / pancakes if need be, but I like to cook chili, stews & beans, I don't think I could do without it. There's just something about a big iron pot that says "Cook something good in me, and share it with your friends." I'm all about cooking big and sharing.

6.) Hmm.. This is a hard one. 1.) Hunter Mfg Co. Sifter pot with lid (C.1875). I've only seen one without a lid, and was fascinated by it. Should have bought it when I had the chance. 2.) ERIE spider logo skillet. While I'm not really a Griswold collector, I'm an amateur entomologist, and the spider logo is cool. Plus the rarity thing. 3.) Perhaps I'm more of a Griswold man than I let on, but No. 3 is another Griswold. The Griswold Up To Time clock. Perhaps one of the rarest of rare Griswold items, plus it would look great in my office. I'm sure all three of these answers will change in the next week when I see something really cool.


Where did this question come from???
7.) What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
A.) Family got me started when I expressed interest. Mother gave me a No. 6 3-notch Lodge skillet first, then a National / Wagner No. 9 1359E skillet (My daily user), and then a No. 8 slant Griswold 834 D.O. with lid. They frequent thrift stores, yard sales, etc. They frequently call me and ask if I'm interested in pieces that they come across. So, very supportive.

Craig B 01-10-2015 07:43 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A 12 inch Lodge skillet purchased at Walmart. I always enjoyed breaking it
out occasionally for weekend breakfast. When I discovered the vintage stuff
and the restoration process I've become fascinated with CI.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A user. I'm new to the hobby and use everything I've acquired.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Vollrath #8 deep skillet with lid. The lid has big raised letters "Vollrath
Ware U.S.A". It matches my Vollrath #8 skillet with the same sideways 8
on the underside.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I have a #7 Blacklock-ish skillet. While maybe not truly collectable I just
like everything about the look of it. Raised #7 on the handle, inset heat
ring, raised "&" on the underside at six o'clock, raised rib under the
handle and super glassy smooth surface.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what
would it be.
See #4. Cornbread turns out great in that skillet

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare
or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Skillets with the Erie spider logo, Wapak chicken foot and indian head logos.

7. What do friends and family think of your obsession?
They think it's pretty interesting. My wife is always on the lookout when she
browses thrift stores.

Glenn Brown 01-10-2015 08:27 PM

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Question 7 was not part of the OP. I just posted a #7 to explain my mindset about cast iron. Others picked it up and inserted the "What do your family and friends think of your obsession?"

Jay E. 01-11-2015 06:51 PM

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New member here... and I kinda thought answering these questions would be as good an introduction as any. Glad to be here!

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A size 5, late '80s, Lodge "Wildlife Series" skillet with the Mallard duck on the bottom of it. My sister got it as a wedding gift, and passed it on to me when she got some more "sophisticated" cookware. I only wish the accompanying Largemouth Bass skillet had found its way to me (I'm a pretty devoted bass angler)... but it apparently vanished long ago. If anyone has the Bass skillet, I want one!

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both... cast iron was meant to be used... even if you collect more than you really need. ;)

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Griswold #6 small logo inherited from my fiance's grandmother who passed away.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Apparently that duck skillet (all of the Lodge "Wildlife Series") has become a collector's piece and has become pretty scarce from what I understand, but either that one or the aforementioned Griswold.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Early Birmingham Stove & Range (BSR) "Red Mountain" #5

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
A) The Lodge "Wildlife Series" bass skillet
B) A really nice example of a Martin #7 skillet
C) TBD... like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade... I'll know it when I see it. Hopefully it will be a really amazing deal at a flea market that doesn't hurt the wallet.

Alan M 01-12-2015 10:49 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A 3 piece set of Taiwanese skillets from the local KMart. I still use the largest one as it's so well seasoned. (Un-numbered but probably corresponding to a #6, 5, and #4)
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A hoarder, and a user.
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Griswold #4 Scotch Bowl, purchased at an Estate Sale, and labeled as a Hibachi Grill.
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
If that Scotch Bowl mentioned in #3 is "Truly Collectible," than that one.
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be? My #9 Griswold Skillet (It cooks like magic.)
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I'd really like to find a reasonable #14 Skillet.
(For when you're doing a batch of fried chicken.)

MikeZ 02-05-2015 10:55 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A Griswold #746 rectangular griddle. Any time I use it now, I recall a fishing trip when we would cook breakfasts of brook trout, bacon, eggs and home fries, all at once, on top of an old wood burning cookstove.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A buyer, trying to become a seller, and a collector. My passion is pre-1900s pieces.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A double-header. A Sidney Hollow Ware #8 skillet and an "Erie" #8 skillet at a yard sale for $8.00 each, both coming out of an old-timer's kitchen.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
My hopes are that the above two would fill that bill.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
An unmarked odorless skillet with a bail handle and metal cover, which work in unison, gate-marked, marked with patent dates of 1891 and 1898.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Dreaming, any #13 Griswold piece. Possibly more attainable, a top grate #876 for a Gris double boiler and a cover for a McClary Drip-Top Spider skillet.

7. Friends and family thoughts?
A couple of supportive friends who've added C/I to their look-for lists at yard sales. Family is understanding and tolerant as long as I stay in control, realizing my leanings as a sometimes obsessive collector and preservationist.

Kevin Tunnell 02-06-2015 05:24 PM

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I will join in too!

What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

The first piece of CI was my motherís BSR #8 skillet, It still has the crud from when I learned to cook.

Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

I consider myself more of a user but will not pass up a good collectable if the price is right.

What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

A two quart sauce pan with a lid that was a BSR


What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

I was able to get a #8 Griswold #8 LBL smooth bottom skillet for 15 dollars.

If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

I love cooking on my BSR sportsman grill, no question about it!

Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

I want a Lodge Wok, Lodge biscuit pan, Lodge muffin pan.

KevinE 02-08-2015 03:07 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Actually it was two. A BSR fish fryer and a Lodge DO. Inherited from my Dad. He bought them sometime in the 70s.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A user, but most of my stuff folks would consider collectible, I think.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Griswold chicken fryer with correct lid. Paid about $20 for it.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
What I consider truly collectible is my Sidney O (script) #10 griddle.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Wagner block logo #10 skillet.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
About the only thing I'd like to run across is a Griswold mortar and pestle.

DaleR 02-08-2015 09:06 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Modern Lodge #8
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Definitely collector, but only cook with cast iron.
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Griswold Erie griddle #8
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Wagner straight logo #11 for $8 at a flea market
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Today it would be my Griswold #130 Turks head gem pan, but that's subject to change.
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Erie Spider, Griswold #13 and a #961 single loaf Griswold bread pan.

JDSchneider 02-20-2015 01:35 PM

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Hello Everybody- Happy Friday!

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned? My dad had a bunch of pieces that we used to use in Boy Scouts (dutch oven cobbler yum yum!), when I left to move to Colorado- he gave me a 3 legged DO to take-- I realized that I couldn't easily use this indoors, so I had by friend cut the legs off of it :frown: I think it is a lodge.... still my go-to camp DO!

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both? Started out as a user, moved to a collector, and hopefully eventually a re-seller! I grew up as a picker and a junker with my dad, and it's still in my blood

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting? This was a Wagner Ware 1218 Square Skillet- $18.50 rusty and crusty- but cleaned up beautifully- still love the lines of that pan.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired? I've got about 25-30 pieces at this point, several Wagners and a Griswold (all in the wild finds), probably my rarest is the Chicago Hardware Foundry hammered dome lid (fits 8-10 dual spouts) it's a beautiful piece and got it at a great price as well.


5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be? Several years ago my wife gave me a lodge combo cooker (deep skillet with a shallow skillet that makes a lid) I use it more than any other pan, and sentimentally, it's my favorite.


6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list". Although I am learning a lot at this time- I don't have a "Must Have" yet- Every piece I find, I learn more, so, most likely the next CI I find will be the one :)

Thanks all for your help- I really appreciate all that you do!

-J

JMoss 02-20-2015 05:50 PM

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JD speaks for all of us.

Thank you Doug

JenniferM 02-28-2015 08:18 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A hand-me-down skillet from my former in laws that had been in their family for 3 generations. I never bothered to look into its branding then; I was just honored they offered it to me. And I am super sad to have mistakenly left it in my house (oven) when I moved a couple years ago. :covri::frown:

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
User

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Not looking to "collect" per se. I just enjoy cooking/baking in CI.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I really don't know if I have anything "collectible" because I didn't buy any pieces for that purpose.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
My Wagner Ware two burner griddle. I love that thing and it has so many uses, I could never part with it.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I don't have a bucket/holy grail list just yet.

BenjaminO 03-01-2015 07:16 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
#10 Wagner's 1891 Original piece circa 1990. I found it at the local dump, literally. I was looking for scrap metal for an art project and found this pan with a little rust on it. It did have a nicely factory polished cook surface, but was quite heavy. Ended up cleaning it up and using it for the next 7 years. It was my sole cast iron for most of that time. Now that I've been collecting more cast iron I am about to sell it off in favor of a finer, but still heavy unmarked Wagner.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Foremost, a user. I've been cooking with cast iron since I was a wee thing in momma's kitchen.
I am collecting a nice set for myself, so I keep the nicest example of each size that I find and sell the rest. I guess I'm drawn to cast iron because I like restoring things, once they are pretty and clean I get bored of them and send them off to market.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
I bought a box of 7 random irons off of craigslist a few years ago. Mostly Lodge, a late Wagner and one Griswold. When I was looking online for information about them I found this site. I still use the #6 Griswold, and the #12 Wagner (even though it has a big crack)!

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Must be that first #6 Griswold Small Block from Craigslist. I recently cleaned it down to bare iron, and now it's a real looker.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
I really like the size of my #9. And the one that I have is special to me because it's a Griswold slant block logo, but the logo is completely sulfur pitted away, and there is a cute 1 inch crack on the rim. That pan has so much character, and though it's not worth much, I think it's priceless.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I hope that someday I find a #13, because pancakes would be a little easier to wrangle in there than my #12! Other than that, I just hope I find weird and unusual things.

7. What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
My friends don't realize how thrilled I am when I snag a crusty old mystery pan at the flea market, and they look a little worried when I bring pans dripping with black lye goo to the kitchen sink wearing gloves and goggles.... But, I'll never stop!

Stan D 03-03-2015 09:49 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

1A A #9 Griswold large cross that belonged to my wife's family.

2A Can I say neither? I don't consider myself a cook, and I don't have enough space or money for a collection. I dig old stuff, and I do a little camping, and CI is popular for that. I also like the restoration process.

3A Nothing yet.

4A The Gris.

5A Again, the Gris

6A I like the #3 I found, and would like a couple more. It fits in my camp oven. I'd like a #6 for something "medium" sized. And one of the things I do cook is bread, so a loaf pan is also on my list.

7A. My wife rolls her eyes at anything I bring home.

Shawn R 05-25-2015 10:03 AM

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I've been a member for a little while but have yet to comment on this post, so here goes.
1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Lodge #12 DO that was a gift from my in-laws.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
#7 LB Griswold. We bought it to cook with but wanted to buy a cooking skillet that was "collectible" and functional.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
If not the #7 above, it would be the #9 LB Griswold we got the next week. It's in better condition than the #7.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
That's a though one. I guess I will go with the Cresent Foundry DO that was given to me by my grandmother. Sentimental value over financial value.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Erie Spider and Wapak Indian Head would go into "holy grail" list.
Current "bucket list" #12 or larger Griswold.

7. What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
My wife and I both have the cast iron bug. My daughter is a culinary student, she likes to cook with cast iron but doesn't really care about the collectible side. Everyone else thinks it's a bit much, can only cook with a couple pans at a time anyways.

Rick Hunter 06-01-2015 07:22 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A generic Lodge rough surface dutch oven. Bought it in my 20's and used it like ever one else who didn't have a clue how to care for cast iron. When I dug it out years later to cook a stew in....it was rusted. After researching the internet on how to restore it I got "hooked" on collecting and restoring cast iron.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both. Cook on cast Iron daily. And love to collect.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Griswold #9 710 I. Never restored it. Had an incredible amount of seasoning use but was very well taken care of. Is my second favorite pan to cook with.
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
One I found last month. Erie #8 second series an anchor makers mark.
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
For collection purposes...The Erie #8. For cooking...My daily user...Wagner 10 inch chef skillet.
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
ERIE "Spider" pan, Any vintage Griswold #14 and #11 "ERIE" skillet

EdP 06-02-2015 04:29 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
- A new production Lodge 10-1/4 inch skillet and a Lodge 10-1/2 inch griddle.
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
- A 1940-1950S vintage Lodge #5 skillet
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
- A #8 10-1/2 inch BSR 1950s vintage inch skillet inherited from a grandmother many years ago.
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
- The #8 10-1/2 inch BSR 1950s vintage inch skillet inherited from a grandmother many years ago.
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
- Finex Classic Dinner set

Ken Davis 06-04-2015 10:36 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

First piece I owned was my mother's/grandmother's #10 Wagner heat ring skillet. Unfortunately, It cracked and I disposed of it before I became interested in collecting so I don't remember much else about it ... except that I almost cried when it cracked. First piece I actually bought for my self is a Lodge #8 Dutch oven ... back in about '91 or '92. Used it for hunting camp for years and finally brought it inside about 3 years ago. Perfect small corn bread maker.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

Definitely both. Although, almost everything I own has been used at least once ... just to make sure it works. ;)

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

A Wagner Ware Pie Logo #3, 1053 F skillet with very particular casting flaws. (I've since acquired 4 more with the same marks. It's become my main niche.) I found it in the local "junk emporium" and it just kept saying, "Buy me. I'm soooo cute. Take me home." So I did and it is. They wanted $12, I paid $8.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

A #4 single-notch Lodge arc logo skillet.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

The #10 Wagner Ware, Sydney -O-, outside heat ring, 1060 C (with "Wagner" and "10c" ghosts. I use it more than probably any other piece, at least when I cook at home. My mother-in-law gave it to me to replace my mom's/grandma's skillet that cracked. I know she paid no more than $5 for it at a yard sale 'cuz she never gives more than $5 for anything at yard sales.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

First, a fully marked Griswold #14 skillet ... for hunting camp as well as just to admire.

Second, A #7 Griswold, small logo, grooved handle skillet to go with the 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,and 9 I already have. I have a plated #7 but the plating is absolutely HORRIBLE ... ugly!

And finally, since I'm dreaming big ... one of those last few huge Griswold skillets that all the employees initialed when they closed up shop. Yeah, I know ... get in line.

Nattalie D 06-08-2015 02:32 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
As I am fairly young and very new to cast iron. The first piece I personally owned was a modern Lodge 12 inch skillet. I was hooked immediately and had to have more!

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
I would say I am more of a user, but I do have certain pieces I "don't" want to use...more for sentimental reasons.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
2 pieces stand out in my mind....1 being a Wagner Ware dutch oven (no lid) and then a Favorite Lid

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Trick question...someone people collect only certain brands, or certain sizes, or certain pieces...For me...prob my Wagner Ware Sidney -O- #8 skillet.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
No brainer.....my grandmothers large skillet. Don't have any markings nor the size, but its important because it was hers.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
1.Griswold Erie Spider 2. Wagner Ware Pie Logo 3. Wapak with the Indian Head logo (my husband is native American)

Chuck P 06-11-2015 08:59 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
About a year ago I got into sous vide cooking and realized that everything I cooked sous vide needed to be seared afterward. I went out and bought a 12 inch Lodge and very quickly got hooked on cast iron cooking.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
I'm a user first. I'm retired and cook 3 meals a day. It seems like I cook at least one thing in cast iron every day. I'm a collector wannabe. I've bought about 20 vintage pans in the last year

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Probably a little #7 handle griddle with bottom gate mark.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I have some fantastic users but I doubt that I own anything truly collectible. Maybe a 5A "Wagner" Sidney O. (pre Wagner Ware?) that I learned from this website was produced only between 1915-1920.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
#8 Griswold SBLBL (not the one I posted about earlier with the badly pitted cooking surface).

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
A) Reality: A fully marked Griswold oval roaster B) Fantasy: I was born and reared in Birmingham, AL. I have this fantasy that one day I'll be rummaging through a dusty old junk store and stumble upon a cache of BSR pans with heretofore unheard of beautiful large BSR logos on the bottom.

RobM 06-11-2015 09:26 AM

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Hard to answer this on the Canadian side of the border...

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
First piece of cast I found a year or so ago was a 5SK 3 notch lodge, set me on a path to insanity. Still use it, great little egg fryer.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both at the moment, slim pickings around these parts but found some really nice Canadian pieces.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
McClary spider, marked X615.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
McClary dutch ovens, X900 series. Many people want them, not letting them go. Best bread makers i've ever had.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Findlay number 10 dutch oven. 12" diameter, 9 1/2 pounds, can cook anything in it.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Top of the list is a large McClary roaster, not keeping my hopes up.
Large 3 leg bellied pot from any of the Canadian makers.
Old kettle from any Canadian makers. I know where there is a D. Moore, but a $300 price tag :cry:

W. Hilditch 08-15-2015 12:27 AM

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1. First piece owned: Vintage 1975. I have no idea what skillet this was. I hated it. It left in the trash same year.

2. I consider myself a user more than a collector.

3. First piece with an eye toward collecting: A Griswold 151N waffle iron on a #88 high base shown on red velvet. I paid so much for this thing that I still have not used it, but have a few others that I use.

4. First truly collectable piece? That was it!

5. Keep 1 piece? The 1983 Lodge 10 SK. I'd fight like hell to keep my former wife's mother's Red Mountain BSR #7 skillet also before I let go.

6. CI on my bucket list? A spinner so I can experiment with reverse warping. Other than that, none.

Hilditch

Ty L. 08-18-2015 11:23 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A 13.5 inch Lodge 12SK3 skillet, bought it new a mere 2 months ago.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
User, for now, but a collector once I've acquired a few more pieces.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A 1935-1959 smooth bottom #8 Wagner Sidney -O-

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Maybe the Wagner mentioned in #3, or the Wagner Sidney O. straight/high arc #9 with heat ring I got a couple of weeks ago. A full set of either vintage would make me extremely happy.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
My pre-1960 unmarked #10 Wagner. I do my best cooking on it and the kids gotta eat.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Finding a rusty old 30 gallon lard kettle with stand for dirt cheap in a barn and restoring it. When I make Chili I like to make a lot of it.

David Hooper 08-27-2015 06:50 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A #8 BSR dutch oven from the 1950s. Just got it cleaned up, finally. It has a crack in the lid, but is still fully usable.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both, but primarily a user at the moment. Most of the pieces I have are either to be used or to be gifts at some point in the future.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Wagner hammered, plated #8. It needs cleaning, but so far as I can see the plating is still intact.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Probably a #6 Wagner (Sidney -O-)

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
An unmarked #8 Wagner dutch oven, with scalloped drip rings in the lid and a matching trivet. Got it for the better half, and she loves it. Therefore it stays.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Go big or go home, yes? How about an unused, untouched Blacklock skillet still in its original store packaging? Just to settle the debate. :-)

TonyR 09-13-2015 04:31 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Wagner (no Sidney O) #7 w heat ring. Got it at a yard sale in L.A., the guy said it was his Grandmother's. Guy wanted it to go to a good home. It did.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both -- I use some pieces daily and some just sit. Drives my wife crazy.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
#10 in Diamond.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Erie #9 c

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
My mom's #3 Wagner. She used it to make the crepes for Manicotti.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Wagner #14

DonnaT 10-01-2015 06:08 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
I haven't actually identified them yet, but I bought two old smooth pans from
a giant flea market about a year ago. I still cook in them daily!
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
I am definitely a user at this point, Only thing I don't cook in them is pasta.
I cook 3 times a day and every time it's in my lovely cast iron!
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
I am in a very small town and I'm still trying to just find cast iron at this
point. So because of that I'm not being too selective about what I'm looking
for. I'm still undecided as to my favorite brand or type.
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I haven't yet, I'm just buying all the crusty old rusty pans I can find and
hoping to eventually find a gem :)
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what
would that piece be?
I know Lodge isn't exactly a collector's dream, but my 5 qt chicken fryers is
my go to pan. I can fry food in it, I can make a pot of chili big enough for
my whole family plus leftovers, and I can make a mean batch of chicken &
dumplings. I've had it about 3 months and the seasoning is becoming
perfect! It hardly ever leaves my stove!
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare
or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I'm still so new to this that I can't name a favorite brand or name, but I am
trying to find an old chicken fryer, and old indoor dutch oven and various
unique pans that I can occasionally cook with but would mostly be for
display in my house.

CJMunnich 10-01-2015 07:45 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A 12" Lodge purchased from Wal-Mart
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A friend gave me his father's Griswold #7 skillet with lid and I was hooked

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Probably the #7, but they are all treasures in my mind.
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
The #7, there is also sentiment there
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I would live to build a complete smooth bottom, large block Griswold set and a Wagner Sidney -O- set

DSBradley 10-23-2015 07:01 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

I was at a yard sale and saw a Lodge Wok and bought it for $7. It was large enough that I thought I could cook spaghetti sauce in. That should show how much I knew about CI. I grew up with a CI frying pan but all the other pots in the house were steel.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

I'd have to say both. I am a firm believer that you should use what you own so I use all what I've collected so far.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

That would have to be the Wagner #2 frying pan. Not something that would see a lot of use but if I need it, now I have it.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

Again, I'd have to say the Wagner #2

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

The Wagner 1088 because it's so multi-purposed.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

Wagner 1054 smooth bottom frying pan
Wagner 1059 smooth bottom frying pan

GeorgeR 12-08-2015 10:21 PM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

A previous owner left a Griswold waffle iron in the basement of my parents house. I took it when I visited them in 1975, with their blessing, of course. At the same time they gave me a new omelet pan. I believe it was a Lodge. I still have the Griswold.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

Both. I have about 35 pieces, but regularly use only three in the kitchen and three when I go camping.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

A Wagner National #7 skillet in 2005.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

Perhaps the Griswold waffle iron?

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

A no-name hammer finished chicken fryer with matching lid. The inside is very smooth and well seasoned. I can cook almost anything in it.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

Any good old #2 or #4 skillets will catch my eye. I have only one now, a Lodge #4 with large pour spouts. Also, anything old with feet, such as a camp dutch oven.

Scott McCarrick 12-16-2015 10:29 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
An ex roomie left her CI pan behind. I cleaned it and started using it.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both. I just found my first collectible.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
3rd Series Erie #10

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
3rd Series Erie #10

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Do you mean collectibles, or all the CI i own?

If the former, the Erie. If the latter, the first one i got.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

I dont know enough to answer this

Adam_R. 12-18-2015 10:39 AM

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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

Wagner Sidney O. #10 I scored from a friends dad. I mentioned in passing I wanted a cast iron skillet to sear steaks in. He invited me to his barn to pick one out (think American Pickers style barn with a store front). It has a splotchy nickel finish on the outside but the cooking surface is flawless and smoother than glass. I've been hooked since.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

More of a user, but I've been acquiring pieces more rapidly than my wife would like. I have 10 pieces so far. I may be able to consider myself a collector in the future.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

A Griswold's Erie #12 I found at a yard sale.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

The same Griswold's Erie #12 mentioned above.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

I love the first skillet I acquired.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

Not really sure at this point in my collecting career. I'll have to update as I continue the hobby. My current quest is to find a nice dutch oven and chicken fryer.


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