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Old 01-30-2017, 01:48 PM
Christian James Christian James is offline
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I am interested in cast iron as cooking implements, not as collectibles, so I don't know if I am in the right place, but this seemed like the best area. Ten days ago I serendipitously found my first vintage piece of CI on my lunch break while waiting for my philly cheesesteak to be made. Rather than stand around playing with my phone I decided to pass the time in the antique store next door.

I stumbled onto this, an SBL Griswold no. 8 with grooved handle.



I didn't know anything about cast iron, but I saw that the pan had an interior surface far smoother than the Lodges I had at home. Intriguing. A quick consult on my phone revealed that Griswolds were highly regarded. Wonderful. The only issue was the price. The seller wanted $35 for it. I knew that was a good, not great price. The thing is, I know my area. This was the first time I've ever seen vintage cast iron of any kind in an antique store or flea market. I guess I could always go on EBay and try to do better, but I'd have to pay shipping charges of $25+ as well as risk buying a pan with defects. Here was a pan already inspected, with no cracks and only minor wobble. So I bought it. There was a greater likelihood I'd regret passing it up than I would finding another in similar condition and cheaper. I consoled myself with the fact that the pan was already cleaned up, with no crud or gunk to remove. All I needed to do when I got home was give it a good washing and then fire up the oven to begin its seasoning process.

I've been reaching for it ever since.



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Old 01-30-2017, 02:11 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:39 PM
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Not bad for your first post. Griswold anything now days says dollars. Even though the BB (Blue Book) list it as $15-$20 your still o.k. in my opinion. Since it's warped would for sure lessen the value but if you have a gas range you will never notice the wobble.
There are a lot of informational link here so do yourself a favor and look through what CIC has to offer and you will for sure be looking for additional pieces.
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Old 01-30-2017, 02:45 PM
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Thanks guys. The warp is very minor. I can slide a credit card underneath the pan in spots, but not a dime. As I have a gas range it's a non-issue.
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:59 PM
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Welcome Christian! Nice find! Congrats!
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:32 PM
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Welcome Christian . I'd say you did just fine on your purchase . Although the old Griswold pieces are more valuable , the grooved handle skillets are very well made . They are also lighter than pieces by many other companies .

The #8 is one of the most useful sizes as well .
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:47 PM
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For a first vintage piece that's a nice one. It won't be long and you will want to add a few more. Just a thought about finding a few more, next time you're at a family wedding you could throw that topic out in conversation and you may find one or two more.

Welcome to the forum and a new unrealized hobby.
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Old 01-30-2017, 06:59 PM
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Thanks for the welcome fellas.

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For a first vintage piece that's a nice one. It won't be long and you will want to add a few more. Just a thought about finding a few more, next time you're at a family wedding you could throw that topic out in conversation and you may find one or two more.

Welcome to the forum and a new unrealized hobby.
You're more right than you know.

I picked out that first piece because she was cleanest and I only had enough cash on me to buy a single pan. But the shop owner had others. I went back a few days later to see if I could rescue those poor, neglected things. I wasn't able to save them all, but I did come away with these.



$100 for the set. I know I overpaid, but I consider it the price of education. At the very least I can always look back at how much I paid for these so as not to repeat my mistake.

Now that I have these there is no longer a driving need to get a better pan than my rough, porcine Lodge and I can be more discriminating with any future purchases.
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:15 PM
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Didn't see the second post regarding your second find.
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:21 PM
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All SBL Griswolds.
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