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Old 05-06-2019, 11:25 AM
JGGregory JGGregory is offline
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Default Foreign Made Cast Iron.

Good morning.
I buy the majority of my iron from scrappers. In doing so I pick up several foreign made pieces for every American made collectible piece I get. Most of the foreign made stuff, stuff from Taiwan, Korea or China I quickly clean and flip at the swap meet for cheap. I have come across some Japanese made pieces that appear to have some age to them. Pre WW2 Iím guessing. Iím wondering if there is any collectible value to older foreign made pieces.
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Old 05-06-2019, 11:51 AM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Foreign Made Cast Iron.

With the number and caliber of US foundries operating pre-WWII, it would be surprising that there would be any Japanese or other imported Asian CI from that time period to be found (Japan even less likely post-1941). The Taiwan, China and Korea pieces seen are typically quite shoddy compared to the standard of vintage US goods. Conversely, that from Japan typically seen, apparently ca. post-1960 (as are the other Asian imports), is often quite finely-made.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:18 PM
JGGregory JGGregory is offline
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Default Re: Foreign Made Cast Iron.

Thanks for the info Doug. Yes, the Japanese made stuff does stand out from the others. And youíre right, itís probably not pre war but, with no country of origin stamp (only a depiction of Mt Fuji with an initial) it may be pre 1960?
Thanks again for your input.
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