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Old 03-02-2015, 12:24 PM
JBPoole JBPoole is offline
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Default Cahill Iron Works - Chattanooga TN

Went to a sale over the weekend and saw a very nice old skillet that looked very much like a BSR. On the bottom center it had CAHILL in a diamond. At 6 o'clock was 107. There was a very small plus sign on the bottom of the handle. I skipped on it because I had never heard of Cahill.

Tried to research it that night. The ONLY picture I could find was a Cahill griddle posted on this forum. Seems that Cahill was noted for andirons, fire place grills and cast iron bathtubs. Mr. Cahill died young and the company was eventually bought by Crane, the bathroom fixture folks.

Went back the next morning and the skillet was still there! It appears to be a #7 and has a really smooth cooking surface.

I'm thinking that my skillet may be extremely rare. I wonder if a piece can be so uncommon that people do not collect them because they are unaware of their existence...

Anyone have any info to share on Cahill? Any guess regarding it's worth?
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:32 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Cahill Iron Works - Chattanooga TN

I have seen one of these with a lid that looks like both pieces were copied from Lodge. The lid had the Lodge drippers, but an "applied" style handle unlike Lodge.
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:14 PM
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JBPoole, I buy and sell things that are collectibles but when I come across something really unusual I keep it for myself. It might not be valuable to collectors but I like the fact that I got one and you don't.
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:38 PM
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There is a mention of a Cahill piece in the red book. Page 235 in the Lodge section.
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:53 PM
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Wish I had a red book...
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:27 AM
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I had the Cahill griddle, and like you, didn't find out too much about it. This one seemed like the cooking suface had originally been plated, and subsequently worn off in most places, exposing the grinding/polishing marks beneath.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:57 AM
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Went to a sale over the weekend and saw a very nice old skillet that looked very much like a BSR. On the bottom center it had CAHILL in a diamond. At 6 o'clock was 107. There was a very small plus sign on the bottom of the handle. I skipped on it because I had never heard of Cahill.

Tried to research it that night. The ONLY picture I could find was a Cahill griddle posted on this forum. Seems that Cahill was noted for andirons, fire place grills and cast iron bathtubs. Mr. Cahill died young and the company was eventually bought by Crane, the bathroom fixture folks.

Went back the next morning and the skillet was still there! It appears to be a #7 and has a really smooth cooking surface.

I'm thinking that my skillet may be extremely rare. I wonder if a piece can be so uncommon that people do not collect them because they are unaware of their existence...

Anyone have any info to share on Cahill? Any guess regarding it's worth?
Being a new member I am not sure how all this works but here goes my efforts regarding the Cahill cast iron.
Found a piece yesterday at the local flea market labeled CAHILL inside the diamond shaped logo. Never heard of the brand but the piece was in excellent shape with the usual buildup from years of use.
I assume it is a chicken fryer due to the handle and depth of the pan. It is 3 3/4" deep with an inside dia. of 9 3/4". The bottom has a one piece heat ring with a notch in it at the 12 O'clock position with the number 8 just below the notch. At the 6 O'clock position the number 128 appears. Bottom side of handle has two dots at the tip of the tear-drop loop. Top side of handle has the number 8. Pot has two pour spouts at the 9 & 3 O'clock positions and a flat extended tab at the 12 O'clock position. Inside is smooth no pitting and no cracks. Wish I had the original lid that matched this pot but since I could not find any pictures of any Cahill cast iron I would not have any idea of what to look for. Hope this helps in regards to Cahill cast iron.
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Michael
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:42 PM
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So, Michael, did you buy the chicken fryer?

I am still curious about Cahill cast iron. Maybe someone can post the information mentioned from the book...

Thanks for posting this. It appears that these are really quite rare pieces.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:53 PM
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Yes Joe I did. It came with a lid(not a matched set)which was a Martin Stove & Range #7 and the price for the two pieces was $39. I am now as I type this getting ready to season it. I took some steel wool (fine) and a little soap and it cleaned up like new out of the box. I suspect that some one bought this at an estate sale and did not have any idea what it was. I would like to think I have a one-of-a-kind piece since I have only found reference to anything regarding Cahill here at the cast iron collector forums.
I am having a bit of a problem trying to figure out how to post a new thread for all viewers to read and see if there is anyone else that has any other pieces other than the grills I have seen. I took a few pictures before cleaning and will take several more once seasoned. It also appears to be difficult to post a picture here without a web host for photos. I hate to download stuff on this computer due to all the stuff that can invade ones privacy. If you want to look at what I have give me a few days and then send me a mail at my SBC Global address and I will send to you. My address is (Michael_fraley (at) sbcglobal.net)
Thanks Joe
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:25 PM
D_McKamey D_McKamey is offline
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This is an aged thread, but I will respond as to what I know. John Thomas Cahill was one of many foundry folks located in the City of Chattanooga. He prospered in his business after the Civil War. I am the proud owner of a Cahill high dome dutch oven, #5 skillet, #8 skillet, and a #12 skillet. Cahill is known for their fire place andions, grates, surrounds, enameled sinks, bath tubs, water fountains, and cast iron store fronts and not so much for their skillets. Cahill pre-dated Blacklock and Lodge operations. I believe, but have no proof, that when Cahill sold to Crane enamel in 1922, that Lodge bought the patterns for the hollowware from Crane. The early Lodge high dome dutch over looks very much like the Cahill high dome dutch over. My Cahill dutch oven lid has the basteing drippers. This was way before the Lodge or Blacklock foundry came into being.
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