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Old 01-04-2017, 12:18 PM
SJ O'Kane SJ O'Kane is offline
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Default Requesting Book Suggestion to ID Griswold

Newly cast member of the CIC forum, recently bitten by the cast iron bug, my first-ever post.

I purchased four of what I hope are genuine Griswold skillets last weekend. They are labeled #5, 6, 8, and 9. The 6, 8, and 9 all have the Erie, PA designation, the 5 either doesn't have it or it is worn away (the 5 also has a much smaller logo than the others). One other (I thought) strange characteristic is that the #8 seems heavier/thicker than the #9. I THINK they are genuine because I did have the opportunity to handle one of the fake small corn bread pans on another occasion which was grey/grainy as expected.

Anyway...I want to learn to ID my new pans and am requesting suggestions on a book or books to purchase (and/or other methodologies). Right now I am only interested in Griswold but I don't know if that trend will continue. Is there a book that specifically covers only Griswold? Or am I better served over the long haul to buy the red/blue books I've seen on Amazon as suggested on the Wagner and Griswold Society site?

Also...if I DO purchase a book or books...is it virtually guaranteed that I will be able to identify the model, year, etc. of my purchases (assuming they are real) or is there still a "black art" aspect to identification that will have to take place?

Thanks very much for any help...
Sam
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