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Old 01-10-2015, 07:43 PM
Craig B Craig B is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A 12 inch Lodge skillet purchased at Walmart. I always enjoyed breaking it
out occasionally for weekend breakfast. When I discovered the vintage stuff
and the restoration process I've become fascinated with CI.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A user. I'm new to the hobby and use everything I've acquired.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Vollrath #8 deep skillet with lid. The lid has big raised letters "Vollrath
Ware U.S.A". It matches my Vollrath #8 skillet with the same sideways 8
on the underside.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I have a #7 Blacklock-ish skillet. While maybe not truly collectable I just
like everything about the look of it. Raised #7 on the handle, inset heat
ring, raised "&" on the underside at six o'clock, raised rib under the
handle and super glassy smooth surface.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what
would it be.
See #4. Cornbread turns out great in that skillet

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare
or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Skillets with the Erie spider logo, Wapak chicken foot and indian head logos.

7. What do friends and family think of your obsession?
They think it's pretty interesting. My wife is always on the lookout when she
browses thrift stores.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:27 PM
Glenn Brown Glenn Brown is offline
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Question 7 was not part of the OP. I just posted a #7 to explain my mindset about cast iron. Others picked it up and inserted the "What do your family and friends think of your obsession?"
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:51 PM
Jay E. Jay E. is offline
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New member here... and I kinda thought answering these questions would be as good an introduction as any. Glad to be here!

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A size 5, late '80s, Lodge "Wildlife Series" skillet with the Mallard duck on the bottom of it. My sister got it as a wedding gift, and passed it on to me when she got some more "sophisticated" cookware. I only wish the accompanying Largemouth Bass skillet had found its way to me (I'm a pretty devoted bass angler)... but it apparently vanished long ago. If anyone has the Bass skillet, I want one!

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both... cast iron was meant to be used... even if you collect more than you really need.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Griswold #6 small logo inherited from my fiance's grandmother who passed away.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Apparently that duck skillet (all of the Lodge "Wildlife Series") has become a collector's piece and has become pretty scarce from what I understand, but either that one or the aforementioned Griswold.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Early Birmingham Stove & Range (BSR) "Red Mountain" #5

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
A) The Lodge "Wildlife Series" bass skillet
B) A really nice example of a Martin #7 skillet
C) TBD... like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade... I'll know it when I see it. Hopefully it will be a really amazing deal at a flea market that doesn't hurt the wallet.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:49 PM
Alan M Alan M is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A 3 piece set of Taiwanese skillets from the local KMart. I still use the largest one as it's so well seasoned. (Un-numbered but probably corresponding to a #6, 5, and #4)
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A hoarder, and a user.
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Griswold #4 Scotch Bowl, purchased at an Estate Sale, and labeled as a Hibachi Grill.
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
If that Scotch Bowl mentioned in #3 is "Truly Collectible," than that one.
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be? My #9 Griswold Skillet (It cooks like magic.)
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I'd really like to find a reasonable #14 Skillet.
(For when you're doing a batch of fried chicken.)
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:55 AM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A Griswold #746 rectangular griddle. Any time I use it now, I recall a fishing trip when we would cook breakfasts of brook trout, bacon, eggs and home fries, all at once, on top of an old wood burning cookstove.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A buyer, trying to become a seller, and a collector. My passion is pre-1900s pieces.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A double-header. A Sidney Hollow Ware #8 skillet and an "Erie" #8 skillet at a yard sale for $8.00 each, both coming out of an old-timer's kitchen.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
My hopes are that the above two would fill that bill.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
An unmarked odorless skillet with a bail handle and metal cover, which work in unison, gate-marked, marked with patent dates of 1891 and 1898.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Dreaming, any #13 Griswold piece. Possibly more attainable, a top grate #876 for a Gris double boiler and a cover for a McClary Drip-Top Spider skillet.

7. Friends and family thoughts?
A couple of supportive friends who've added C/I to their look-for lists at yard sales. Family is understanding and tolerant as long as I stay in control, realizing my leanings as a sometimes obsessive collector and preservationist.
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:24 PM
Kevin Tunnell Kevin Tunnell is offline
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I will join in too!

What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

The first piece of CI was my motherís BSR #8 skillet, It still has the crud from when I learned to cook.

Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

I consider myself more of a user but will not pass up a good collectable if the price is right.

What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

A two quart sauce pan with a lid that was a BSR


What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

I was able to get a #8 Griswold #8 LBL smooth bottom skillet for 15 dollars.

If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

I love cooking on my BSR sportsman grill, no question about it!

Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

I want a Lodge Wok, Lodge biscuit pan, Lodge muffin pan.
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:07 PM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Actually it was two. A BSR fish fryer and a Lodge DO. Inherited from my Dad. He bought them sometime in the 70s.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
A user, but most of my stuff folks would consider collectible, I think.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Griswold chicken fryer with correct lid. Paid about $20 for it.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
What I consider truly collectible is my Sidney O (script) #10 griddle.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Wagner block logo #10 skillet.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
About the only thing I'd like to run across is a Griswold mortar and pestle.
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:06 PM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Modern Lodge #8
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Definitely collector, but only cook with cast iron.
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Griswold Erie griddle #8
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Wagner straight logo #11 for $8 at a flea market
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Today it would be my Griswold #130 Turks head gem pan, but that's subject to change.
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Erie Spider, Griswold #13 and a #961 single loaf Griswold bread pan.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:35 PM
JDSchneider JDSchneider is offline
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Hello Everybody- Happy Friday!

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned? My dad had a bunch of pieces that we used to use in Boy Scouts (dutch oven cobbler yum yum!), when I left to move to Colorado- he gave me a 3 legged DO to take-- I realized that I couldn't easily use this indoors, so I had by friend cut the legs off of it I think it is a lodge.... still my go-to camp DO!

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both? Started out as a user, moved to a collector, and hopefully eventually a re-seller! I grew up as a picker and a junker with my dad, and it's still in my blood

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting? This was a Wagner Ware 1218 Square Skillet- $18.50 rusty and crusty- but cleaned up beautifully- still love the lines of that pan.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired? I've got about 25-30 pieces at this point, several Wagners and a Griswold (all in the wild finds), probably my rarest is the Chicago Hardware Foundry hammered dome lid (fits 8-10 dual spouts) it's a beautiful piece and got it at a great price as well.


5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be? Several years ago my wife gave me a lodge combo cooker (deep skillet with a shallow skillet that makes a lid) I use it more than any other pan, and sentimentally, it's my favorite.


6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list". Although I am learning a lot at this time- I don't have a "Must Have" yet- Every piece I find, I learn more, so, most likely the next CI I find will be the one

Thanks all for your help- I really appreciate all that you do!

-J
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:50 PM
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JD speaks for all of us.

Thank you Doug
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