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Old 09-05-2015, 07:01 PM
Rick Hunter Rick Hunter is offline
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Default O'Brien & O'Brien cast iron

A friend who knows I collect and restore cast iron picked this pan for me at a yard sale. Never heard of the company but researched it and am not coming up with a lot on the history of the company. Anyone have info on how long this company was in business? The pan is impressively made with a real smooth surface.
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Old 09-06-2015, 10:19 AM
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Hi, Rick. I asked earlier this Summer about a DO I was restoring which is also O'Brien. It shows up in the list of manufacturers on this website, but I sure missed it the first time I looked on the list. <Oops> The DO cleaned up nicely, and I am hoping someone will buy it--if not, I guess I'll have 3 of the lovely pots--and here I thought 2 were enough! The iron seems very well made to me, so I hope your skillet will be a nice one when restored.
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Old 09-06-2015, 04:08 PM
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I've spent some more time on the Internet trying to look-up O'Brien & O'Brien, and somewhere found a suggestion to contact the Chicago Historical Society or the Chicago Public Library reference department to obtain information about the firm. Sounds like a research project to me! Actually I really should go bother my former employer and see what the Purdue Library Archives and Special Collections librarians could turn up. So far, with my not too great skills online, it seems that the most lasting remains of the company are its very nice cast iron utensils!
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for the research Sharon. As you, I have found little about this company. But as you said O'Brien made very nice of cast iron. This piece has a smoother surface than any skillet I have ever restored. Will post pic when the seasoning is done.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:01 PM
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Have you seasoned this pan? Can I see a picture? Please.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:55 PM
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The pan turned out amazingly well!! Still trying to find out about it's history!!
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:16 PM
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I'm loving anything with a glass smooth bottom and a heat ring, Rick. That looks very nice to me.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:38 PM
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Rick, the restored pan is gorgeous! I'm still trying to track down info. on O'Brien & O'Brien. I'd love to know what the first use of your renewed skillet will be. Thanks for sharing, S.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:15 AM
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Very Pretty, thanks for sharing.
Sharon, I did a little a little research on this pan and it led to a study on the Chicago labor unions during the 20s and 30s, very interesting stuff.

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Old 09-17-2015, 09:01 PM
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Bonnie, thanks for the additional info. S.
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