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Old 10-05-2020, 08:48 PM
EricC EricC is offline
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Hello everybody -

Once again I'm trying to help an acquaintance with an ID and have come up short, would appreciate the input from Doug and the community here.

This is a tiny spider skillet, only about 4" diameter. It is not mine so unfortunately I do not have a pic of the entire piece from the underside, just a couple closeups of the markings.

Shown in one of the pics, I can't really make it out myself but the owner claims the underside of the handle says "1-2 SPIDYR".

The other is a blob that appears to have the number 1 on it. My suspicion is that this is a sprue mark and the appearance of a 1 is just coincidence, but I can't say for certain.

Anybody know what this is? By default I'd say a spider skillet with a sprue (or a bottom gate mark) is unidentifiable 1800s but I really don't know about this one and I don't want to give someone the wrong idea. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!



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Old 10-06-2020, 10:24 AM
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I have a newer Lodge that looks like this, but not feet. I think its called a sauce warmer.....or something like that. Could be wrong.
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Old 10-06-2020, 12:56 PM
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Are there any markings on yours?
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Old 10-06-2020, 05:12 PM
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It says USA MPR......stands for melting pot I think. Im not sure if they sell them still or not. I got mine with a BBQ brush and cookbook.
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Old 10-07-2020, 03:42 PM
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I've been meaning to post these to the "salesman's sample?" discussion. The impression looks to me like the Virginia Metalcrafters mark, tho this one is bigger than my Deep Fat Kettle (with 3 feet). (Preview shows the pictures rotated - sorry, cannot seem to fix.)
"Begun by William J. Loth as the Waynesboro Stove Company, it was born at a time when there were many regional iron foundries and stove makers. As electric appliances took over, most of these companies shut down, unable to adapt. However, Virginia Metalcrafters figured out a way to survive. In 1936, it became Virginia Metalcrafters, selling unique household items to that new, sensational American tourist attraction, Colonial Williamsburg."
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Old 10-07-2020, 06:24 PM
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That is pretty cool! You even have the boxes to boot.......thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-08-2020, 12:12 AM
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I've been meaning to post these to the "salesman's sample?" discussion. The impression looks to me like the Virginia Metalcrafters mark, tho this one is bigger than my Deep Fat Kettle (with 3 feet). (Preview shows the pictures rotated - sorry, cannot seem to fix.)
"Begun by William J. Loth as the Waynesboro Stove Company, it was born at a time when there were many regional iron foundries and stove makers. As electric appliances took over, most of these companies shut down, unable to adapt. However, Virginia Metalcrafters figured out a way to survive. In 1936, it became Virginia Metalcrafters, selling unique household items to that new, sensational American tourist attraction, Colonial Williamsburg."
Thank you, I think your ID of the makers mark might be right.

May I have your permission to repost your pics?
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Old 10-08-2020, 03:42 PM
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Thank you, I think your ID of the makers mark might be right.

May I have your permission to repost your pics?
Yes, you may repost the pictures.
Here are 3 Deep Fat Kettles. The 2 with the applied city/state have gang mold number 4. The third (on the right) is the Virginia Metalcrafters one, with no gang mold number.
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Old 10-08-2020, 09:07 PM
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I shared your pics with the owner of the skillet in question and he thinks you nailed it with the Virginia Metalcrafters ID.

I'm passing along his thanks as well as repeating mine. Have a good one.
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