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Old 03-13-2017, 11:21 AM
Niko_D Niko_D is offline
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Hey there!

I'm pretty new to the world of cast iron cookware (got my first Lodge 10.25" skillet only last year), but last week I finally couldn't resist any longer and tried my luck in an auction for an old cast iron skillet on eBay; turns out I was the only bidder for $5 + shipping...

From what I've read here and here, I think that the pan I bought is a "Birmingham Stove & Range".

Is my guess correct? If so, how old exactly do you think my new/old pan is?

Btw. I don't plan to resell the pan, I just want to add it to my small collection of carbon steel & iron cookware, and just use it. After having it cleaned up and reseasoned, of course.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Old 03-13-2017, 11:34 AM
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1950s to mid-1960s, based on the small pour spouts (an indication of automated molding) but the lack of "No. 7" style inscription which dates to around 1966.
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:23 PM
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So it really is a BSR skillet; and 50+ years old?

Thank you!
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:53 PM
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You will come to love that skillet. I have a #7&8 I use often, the #7 size is a good size for the boxed cornbread
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:37 PM
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Does anyone have a picture showing both a small spout and large spout BSR skillet? I see the reference a lot, and can always tell when someone identifies one, but when I look at my own I always second guess, I'd like to see both side by side if possible
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:43 PM
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You will come to love that skillet. I have a #7&8 I use often, the #7 size is a good size for the boxed cornbread
Thank you, I am sure I will.

I already own two smooth-surface carbon steel pans, and I love cooking in them:

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Does anyone have a picture showing both a small spout and large spout BSR skillet? I see the reference a lot, and can always tell when someone identifies one, but when I look at my own I always second guess, I'd like to see both side by side if possible
From what I could find on eBay, this one is sold as a BSR #3 from the 1930's, and it has large sprouts:

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While this one here is also sold as BSR #3 (from the 1950's), but it has small sprouts:

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Old 03-13-2017, 11:50 PM
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The last one shown would be post-1967.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:03 PM
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So these 5's would be small spouts?https://imgur.com/a/CNtSf
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:07 AM
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I'm clearly not an expert on this, but if I had to guess, I'd say that compared with the pictures of the small sprout #3 and #7, and the large sprout #3, that your skillet's sprouts look like large sprouts to me.

The small sprouts on the #7 and #3 seem to me to have the same (really small) size, while the large sprouts on the other #3 look larger than those on your #5's to me, yet the sprouts on the #5's still look way larger than the ones on the other #3 and my #7.

I hope my ramblings are making any sense here?

Since I'm still very new to this it's only guesswork on my part, of course.

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Old 03-16-2017, 05:38 AM
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Your thoughts are exactly the same as mine, I never can tell because exactly as you said, the 3, and 7 look small, so it makes my 5's look like large spouts, but not so when compared to the other number 3, this is where I get lost as well
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