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Old 05-19-2019, 06:12 PM
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Default Wagner #8 with Lid

I'm just getting into vintage iron and found this skillet and lid at an estate sale a few days ago. I can't find a lot of info on the lid, but as there were only a couple pieces of iron at this sale (this combo plus a modern lodge DO) I'd assume it came with the pan it was paired with. The pan looks like it was made between 1924-35, safe to assume the same for the lid?

I'm setting up my first lye bath and vinegar bath as well. There's a little bit of gunk on the bottom ring of the lid, would it be more prudent to try to hand scrub this off or should I just strip the whole thing to start fresh and clean? How would I go about seasoning the lid without being able to easily wipe down the underside?

The pan's a spinner, but I was more interested in the lid anyway and will either re-sell the pan or use it to bake in. Not sure if $40 was a good deal, and if they were priced separately I probably would have just gotten the lid. But it was my first find in the wild, and I missed out on a couple of nice LBL Griswolds at another estate sale because I didn't wake up early enough. So either way, I'm happy with the purchase which is what matters, but curious if this is something commonly found at lower prices for future reference.

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Old 05-19-2019, 06:39 PM
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Default Re: Wagner #8 with Lid

Somewhere between the 1924 and 1927 catalogs, self-basting skillet lids were added for regular skillets 7 thru 14 and the 8 and 9 deep. By the 1940s, the "writing top" had given way to simple incised concentric rings, and a #5 lid had been added.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: Wagner #8 with Lid

Thanks Doug. I'd like to get a matching pan that doesn't spin like a pulsar, and wanted to make sure I was in the time range.
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:52 AM
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Default Re: Wagner #8 with Lid

How important is spin on a coil burner electric stove?
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:14 PM
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How important is spin on a coil burner electric stove?
How flat are your coils? My coils aren't flat on mine. One actually make most skillets spin as it's bowed upward on one side.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:03 PM
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Default Re: Wagner #8 with Lid

If the warp causing the spin is big enough it can cause liquids to pool/flow unevenly creating issues during cooking.
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Old 05-24-2019, 11:48 AM
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Default Re: Wagner #8 with Lid

I just picked up a flat bottomed Wagner Ware #8 skillet that shows some shine in the center of the bottom. Probably why I was the only bidder. It's in the mail so I haven't had a chance to check it in person yet.
The coils on our stove are on the old and beat up side. I doubt they're all that flat.
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Old 05-25-2019, 03:04 AM
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A pan that spins a little will still cook just fine for many dishes. I have an old Griswold DO that was gave to me a few years ago. It has a small pit on the bottom and it spins a little, but it still cooks great.
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Old 05-25-2019, 12:29 PM
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Thank you.
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