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Old 07-06-2013, 08:44 PM
Tony Depasquale Tony Depasquale is offline
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Default Found this Pan at a Flea Market, Please Help ID

Please let me know the age and who made it if possible?

Thanks So much!!

Tony
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:49 PM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Found this Pan at a Flea Market, Please Help ID

That's an unmarked Wagner, made for sale in alternate marketing channels at lower cost than marked versions. The handle style, and most prominently, the "Made In USA", put it early to mid-1960s. If it was made at a point where they were still polishing the cooking surfaces, which it looks like it was, you have a great user. If not polished, you have a little more work to get it slick with seasoning. Also, the W does not stand for Wagner, it's a pattern identifier.

See also: http://www.castironcollector.com/unmarked.php
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:27 AM
Tony Depasquale Tony Depasquale is offline
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Default Re: Found this Pan at a Flea Market, Please Help ID

thanks, would you say $45 was too much to pay for it, my wife really wanted it.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:07 AM
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Default Re: Found this Pan at a Flea Market, Please Help ID

For the marked version, in excellent condition (already cleaned, no warp, no cracks, no pitting), $45 would not be unreasonable, say, at an antique store. (One would hope to be able to find a marked version for less at a flea market.) Collectors in-the-know, however, typically look to pick up a user piece such as this one for quite a bit less. The upside is that it's still a quality made piece of cast iron cookware from a time when skillets' cooking surfaces were still being polished smooth. The unmarked were typically of no lesser quality than the marked.
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