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Old 05-11-2019, 02:20 PM
Bob P. Bob P. is online now
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Default First Purchase - Wagner Square Skillet 1218D

Picked up my first piece (after passing on two Griswold's earlier this week). It's a Wagner Ware Sidney O Square Skillet 1218 D:

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https://i.imgur.com/iSmkQpz.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/tFv1IkK.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/CaqJSGh.jpg

Six dollars at a flea market.

It looks pretty clean, at least to my untrained eye. And it's super smooth and flat. Much, much smoother inside than the cheap Lodge skillet we have for camping.

So a couple of questions -

* How old is this thing? It doesn't say 'Made in USA' so I'm guessing it's pre-1960. It has the Sidney O mark so it's pre-1959. But it's 1218 'D', and it has that sculpted handle...I'm guessing that puts it towards the end of the Sidney O run? In the 50's? Or might it be older than that? When were the D's manufactured?

* I think it's clean enough that it doesn't need the lye bath route I've read about. Should I just scrub it up with barkeeps friend and re-season it?

Thanks guys. My wife was very impressed with this pan. Win!
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Old 05-11-2019, 04:16 PM
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Default Re: First Purchase - Wagner Square Skillet 1218D

Other Wagner pieces with this handle design, marking style, and TM are dated 1940s-50s. The RB somewhat dubiously places the slightly larger 1220 model as 1960s. The D is not significant as to date of manufacture.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:34 PM
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Default Re: First Purchase - Wagner Square Skillet 1218D

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Other Wagner pieces with this handle design, marking style, and TM are dated 1940s-50s. The RB somewhat dubiously places the slightly larger 1220 model as 1960s. The D is not significant as to date of manufacture.
Thanks!

I've done a bit more digging and now understand that the letter D represents the particular pattern used for this casting. So it's just a way for the manufacturer to track product to a particular mold, right?

Appreciate the help. Lots of new things to learn.

The pan is in the oven being seasoned now (round #2). It's getting darker and shinier.
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:54 PM
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Default Re: First Purchase - Wagner Square Skillet 1218D

Three coats of seasoning and it's slick as glass. Cooked up some bacon this morning for Mother's Day, it came out perfect.


https://i.imgur.com/2bjLnmQ.jpg

It feels good to put something old into service again.
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Old 05-12-2019, 02:11 PM
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Thatís a really good find and at a great price!
Now youíre hooked.
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