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Old 02-28-2015, 08:18 PM
JenniferM JenniferM is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A hand-me-down skillet from my former in laws that had been in their family for 3 generations. I never bothered to look into its branding then; I was just honored they offered it to me. And I am super sad to have mistakenly left it in my house (oven) when I moved a couple years ago.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
User

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Not looking to "collect" per se. I just enjoy cooking/baking in CI.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I really don't know if I have anything "collectible" because I didn't buy any pieces for that purpose.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
My Wagner Ware two burner griddle. I love that thing and it has so many uses, I could never part with it.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I don't have a bucket/holy grail list just yet.
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:16 PM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
#10 Wagner's 1891 Original piece circa 1990. I found it at the local dump, literally. I was looking for scrap metal for an art project and found this pan with a little rust on it. It did have a nicely factory polished cook surface, but was quite heavy. Ended up cleaning it up and using it for the next 7 years. It was my sole cast iron for most of that time. Now that I've been collecting more cast iron I am about to sell it off in favor of a finer, but still heavy unmarked Wagner.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Foremost, a user. I've been cooking with cast iron since I was a wee thing in momma's kitchen.
I am collecting a nice set for myself, so I keep the nicest example of each size that I find and sell the rest. I guess I'm drawn to cast iron because I like restoring things, once they are pretty and clean I get bored of them and send them off to market.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
I bought a box of 7 random irons off of craigslist a few years ago. Mostly Lodge, a late Wagner and one Griswold. When I was looking online for information about them I found this site. I still use the #6 Griswold, and the #12 Wagner (even though it has a big crack)!

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Must be that first #6 Griswold Small Block from Craigslist. I recently cleaned it down to bare iron, and now it's a real looker.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
I really like the size of my #9. And the one that I have is special to me because it's a Griswold slant block logo, but the logo is completely sulfur pitted away, and there is a cute 1 inch crack on the rim. That pan has so much character, and though it's not worth much, I think it's priceless.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
I hope that someday I find a #13, because pancakes would be a little easier to wrangle in there than my #12! Other than that, I just hope I find weird and unusual things.

7. What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
My friends don't realize how thrilled I am when I snag a crusty old mystery pan at the flea market, and they look a little worried when I bring pans dripping with black lye goo to the kitchen sink wearing gloves and goggles.... But, I'll never stop!
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:49 AM
Stan D Stan D is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

1A A #9 Griswold large cross that belonged to my wife's family.

2A Can I say neither? I don't consider myself a cook, and I don't have enough space or money for a collection. I dig old stuff, and I do a little camping, and CI is popular for that. I also like the restoration process.

3A Nothing yet.

4A The Gris.

5A Again, the Gris

6A I like the #3 I found, and would like a couple more. It fits in my camp oven. I'd like a #6 for something "medium" sized. And one of the things I do cook is bread, so a loaf pan is also on my list.

7A. My wife rolls her eyes at anything I bring home.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:03 AM
Shawn R Shawn R is offline
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I've been a member for a little while but have yet to comment on this post, so here goes.
1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
Lodge #12 DO that was a gift from my in-laws.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
#7 LB Griswold. We bought it to cook with but wanted to buy a cooking skillet that was "collectible" and functional.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
If not the #7 above, it would be the #9 LB Griswold we got the next week. It's in better condition than the #7.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
That's a though one. I guess I will go with the Cresent Foundry DO that was given to me by my grandmother. Sentimental value over financial value.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Erie Spider and Wapak Indian Head would go into "holy grail" list.
Current "bucket list" #12 or larger Griswold.

7. What do your friends and family think of your obsession?
My wife and I both have the cast iron bug. My daughter is a culinary student, she likes to cook with cast iron but doesn't really care about the collectible side. Everyone else thinks it's a bit much, can only cook with a couple pans at a time anyways.
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:22 PM
Rick Hunter Rick Hunter is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
A generic Lodge rough surface dutch oven. Bought it in my 20's and used it like ever one else who didn't have a clue how to care for cast iron. When I dug it out years later to cook a stew in....it was rusted. After researching the internet on how to restore it I got "hooked" on collecting and restoring cast iron.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both. Cook on cast Iron daily. And love to collect.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
A Griswold #9 710 I. Never restored it. Had an incredible amount of seasoning use but was very well taken care of. Is my second favorite pan to cook with.
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
One I found last month. Erie #8 second series an anchor makers mark.
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
For collection purposes...The Erie #8. For cooking...My daily user...Wagner 10 inch chef skillet.
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
ERIE "Spider" pan, Any vintage Griswold #14 and #11 "ERIE" skillet
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:29 PM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
- A new production Lodge 10-1/4 inch skillet and a Lodge 10-1/2 inch griddle.
2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both
3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
- A 1940-1950S vintage Lodge #5 skillet
4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
- A #8 10-1/2 inch BSR 1950s vintage inch skillet inherited from a grandmother many years ago.
5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
- The #8 10-1/2 inch BSR 1950s vintage inch skillet inherited from a grandmother many years ago.
6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
- Finex Classic Dinner set
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:36 AM
Ken Davis Ken Davis is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?

First piece I owned was my mother's/grandmother's #10 Wagner heat ring skillet. Unfortunately, It cracked and I disposed of it before I became interested in collecting so I don't remember much else about it ... except that I almost cried when it cracked. First piece I actually bought for my self is a Lodge #8 Dutch oven ... back in about '91 or '92. Used it for hunting camp for years and finally brought it inside about 3 years ago. Perfect small corn bread maker.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?

Definitely both. Although, almost everything I own has been used at least once ... just to make sure it works.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?

A Wagner Ware Pie Logo #3, 1053 F skillet with very particular casting flaws. (I've since acquired 4 more with the same marks. It's become my main niche.) I found it in the local "junk emporium" and it just kept saying, "Buy me. I'm soooo cute. Take me home." So I did and it is. They wanted $12, I paid $8.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?

A #4 single-notch Lodge arc logo skillet.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?

The #10 Wagner Ware, Sydney -O-, outside heat ring, 1060 C (with "Wagner" and "10c" ghosts. I use it more than probably any other piece, at least when I cook at home. My mother-in-law gave it to me to replace my mom's/grandma's skillet that cracked. I know she paid no more than $5 for it at a yard sale 'cuz she never gives more than $5 for anything at yard sales.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".

First, a fully marked Griswold #14 skillet ... for hunting camp as well as just to admire.

Second, A #7 Griswold, small logo, grooved handle skillet to go with the 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,and 9 I already have. I have a plated #7 but the plating is absolutely HORRIBLE ... ugly!

And finally, since I'm dreaming big ... one of those last few huge Griswold skillets that all the employees initialed when they closed up shop. Yeah, I know ... get in line.
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Old 06-08-2015, 02:32 AM
Nattalie D Nattalie D is offline
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
As I am fairly young and very new to cast iron. The first piece I personally owned was a modern Lodge 12 inch skillet. I was hooked immediately and had to have more!

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
I would say I am more of a user, but I do have certain pieces I "don't" want to use...more for sentimental reasons.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
2 pieces stand out in my mind....1 being a Wagner Ware dutch oven (no lid) and then a Favorite Lid

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
Trick question...someone people collect only certain brands, or certain sizes, or certain pieces...For me...prob my Wagner Ware Sidney -O- #8 skillet.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
No brainer.....my grandmothers large skillet. Don't have any markings nor the size, but its important because it was hers.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
1.Griswold Erie Spider 2. Wagner Ware Pie Logo 3. Wapak with the Indian Head logo (my husband is native American)
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:59 AM
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1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
About a year ago I got into sous vide cooking and realized that everything I cooked sous vide needed to be seared afterward. I went out and bought a 12 inch Lodge and very quickly got hooked on cast iron cooking.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
I'm a user first. I'm retired and cook 3 meals a day. It seems like I cook at least one thing in cast iron every day. I'm a collector wannabe. I've bought about 20 vintage pans in the last year

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
Probably a little #7 handle griddle with bottom gate mark.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
I have some fantastic users but I doubt that I own anything truly collectible. Maybe a 5A "Wagner" Sidney O. (pre Wagner Ware?) that I learned from this website was produced only between 1915-1920.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
#8 Griswold SBLBL (not the one I posted about earlier with the badly pitted cooking surface).

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
A) Reality: A fully marked Griswold oval roaster B) Fantasy: I was born and reared in Birmingham, AL. I have this fantasy that one day I'll be rummaging through a dusty old junk store and stumble upon a cache of BSR pans with heretofore unheard of beautiful large BSR logos on the bottom.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:26 AM
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Hard to answer this on the Canadian side of the border...

1. What is the first piece of cast iron cookware you actually owned?
First piece of cast I found a year or so ago was a 5SK 3 notch lodge, set me on a path to insanity. Still use it, great little egg fryer.

2. Do you consider yourself more a collector, a user, or both?
Both at the moment, slim pickings around these parts but found some really nice Canadian pieces.

3. What is the first piece you acquired with an eye toward collecting?
McClary spider, marked X615.

4. What is the first truly collectible piece you acquired?
McClary dutch ovens, X900 series. Many people want them, not letting them go. Best bread makers i've ever had.

5. If you were forced to give up your collection except for one piece, what would that piece be?
Findlay number 10 dutch oven. 12" diameter, 9 1/2 pounds, can cook anything in it.

6. Knowing it's hard to name a single favorite, name up to three CI items, rare or not, on your "holy grail" or "bucket list".
Top of the list is a large McClary roaster, not keeping my hopes up.
Large 3 leg bellied pot from any of the Canadian makers.
Old kettle from any Canadian makers. I know where there is a D. Moore, but a $300 price tag
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