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Old 11-12-2019, 04:08 PM
MDFraley MDFraley is offline
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Default Wards Cast Aluminum

Been cleaning aluminum for about a week now and decided to try and restore an aluminum tea pot that I've had for several months.
I know that Wagner made cast iron pieces for Wards Department Stores and I think aluminum pieces also. This piece has the traditional markings that one would see on cast iron but this piece simply says "Wards Best Quality Aluminum".
Guess my question is did Wagner make this piece or did Wards contract out to different makers? Other question is would the time frame be around the early 30's? Pic attached of the bottom.
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Old 11-12-2019, 04:55 PM
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Default Re: Wards Cast Aluminum

Might help to see if the pot looks like a Wagner.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:03 PM
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Might help to see if the pot looks like a Wagner.
Sorry about that. Should know after 800+ post to include all the necessary pic's for I.D.
Sold a Wards about a year ago and it resembled the WW Colonial design that both WW & Griswold made but this one is smooth/rounded and the trade mark is different than the one I sold. The one I sold was marked "Wards Cast Aluminum Ware, Montgomery Wards" with the same style of logo. It had a wood handle and lid lifter where as this one has the Bake-Lite type.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:13 AM
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Default Re: Wards Cast Aluminum

Spout tip looks awfully thin to be cast. The riveted handle attachments are also unusual. Are you sure it's not spun aluminum?
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:00 AM
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Spout tip looks awfully thin to be cast. The riveted handle attachments are also unusual. Are you sure it's not spun aluminum?
You're correct about it being thin metal. The spout is formed as part of the body of the kettle and only the handle attachment is riveted to the kettle which I thought it was a cast piece. I was just trying to refurbish it to list on our store as a decoration piece and didn't want to label it as a piece made by Wagner for Wards if in fact it wasn't made by Wagner. We try not to misrepresent any of our listings thus was why I was trying to verify its maker and time period. Know it doesn't have a high dollar value so I will probably just finish the cleaning steps and either list it as a deco piece or give it away to friends looking to spice up their kitchen.
Thank you so much for your time and efforts.
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