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Old 01-27-2020, 12:16 PM
Paul B. Paul B. is offline
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Question Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

I found a nice little stack of cast iron at an estate yesterday. I found this one interesting, as I never heard of this maker...
It is a 6" frying pan (actually 5-3/4" across the heat ring), in need of a proper cleaning & seasoning (which my wife does very well).
I diligently searched and searched eBay, Google and others, looking at images and descriptions, and can find absolutely nothing of cast iron from any company named "Belle Claire Ware", "BelleClaire Ware", "BelleClaireWare", or any such like. Nor can I find a "Bellevile" (sic) ILL, though there is a "Belleville" in St. Clair County, IL.
Has anyone ever seen or heard of such a company?
The lady of the house lived to be 100 years old, 75 years in that same house. No telling how old this skillet is, but certainly not new!
Might something "obscure" like this be of any special interest to cast iron collectors?

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Thanx in advance for any and all help/comments!
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:30 PM
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Default Re: Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

Here's a link regarding the history of Belleville. Haven't tried searching any cast iron related to that name but I did see that gray iron was an export from there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belleville,_Illinois

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After further research I found your post on antique collectables that shows the full view of the bottom and top. I think it is a re-cast of a Wagner Ware skillet, maybe around the 1920's of which the maker added the literature now shown on the bottom. Just a guess so no hard feelings.
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:46 PM
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Default Re: Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

Thanx - even guesses are welcome!
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:48 PM
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Default Re: Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

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...a re-cast of a Wagner Ware skillet
Don't recall ever seeing a Wagner #2 or #3 with a heat ring.
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Old 01-27-2020, 02:54 PM
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Don't recall ever seeing a Wagner #2 or #3 with a heat ring.
I was thinking more of a #4 but I'm not sure if the dimensions meet the ones that was posted
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:12 PM
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Default Re: Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

Top diameter on the average #3 is ~ 6-1/2".
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:56 PM
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Top diameter on the average #3 is ~ 6-1/2".
Paul's post says it's 5 3/4" across the heat ring so I assume he was talking about the bottom. I've got a #4 WW somewhere but can't lay my hands on it at the moment so I have nothing to compare with.
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Old 01-27-2020, 10:06 PM
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Default Re: Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

The O.D. at the top is 6-7/8"... So, should I call this a 7" skillet?
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Old 01-28-2020, 01:52 PM
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Default Re: Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

Welocome to The Forums.....I personally have never heard of it before either. Somethings are best left unknow......but Id want to know about it too if I owned it.
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Old 01-28-2020, 03:25 PM
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Default Re: Ever Heard of "BELLE CLAIRE WARE" Cast Iron Skillet?

Page 231 of the Blue Book 5th ed. shows a #4 Wagner with a heat ring.
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