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Old 08-18-2019, 09:20 PM
MDFraley MDFraley is offline
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Default Griswold Mail Box

Know this isn't cookware but wanted to get educated on the Griswold mail boxes if possible. Picked this one up almost a year ago in an auction that had several pans in a box so it was an extra so to speak. It was covered with a very thick black paint (brush painted) and almost trashed it a couple times because of the appearance. Put it in the lye tank this morning and just pulled it out about 30 minutes ago and like magic the brushed on paint was gone. Did some brushing to I.D. the part numbers and referenced them to the BB pattern numbers. 350 is on the Hinge block and says it's for a #2 Mail Box. 353 is the mail box top. 361 is the mail box lid.
There's no matching picture of it on P. 180 and 181 of the BB but it's similar to the Mail Box #3 which has the wire holder on P.181 less the mounting bracket above the lid. Just looking at the dates in the BB I'm guessing it was made between 1920 and 1930.
Thinking this will fit nicely on the front of our 100 year old bank building even though we don't have mail delivery to the house.

Last edited by MDFraley; 08-18-2019 at 09:23 PM. Reason: added pic
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Old 08-19-2019, 12:32 PM
D_Madden D_Madden is offline
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Default Re: Griswold Mail Box

I don't have any additional info for you... other than pics of my #3 that is similar to yours... and then the non-griswold one that I picked up this weekend.

(I know where a griswold one is that is similar in design to the 'standard No 2' that I posted... but they want $125 for it.)
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:25 PM
MDFraley MDFraley is offline
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Default Re: Griswold Mail Box

Thanks D Madden....Guess I was trying to say that all the markings (numbers) correlate with the Griswold BB thus it should be authentic. But there again they could have been duplicated. If it is a fake it was well made and the original jappening stayed intact when I put it in the lye.
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