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Letters to the editor..................p.22
Griswold burglar alarm............p.22
Favorite display rack...............p.23
Griswold muffin pan list.......p.24-25
Vol. 1 No. 4Number 4July 1988
From the Editor...
I wonder how many collectors are reluctant to do business by mailorder for fear of getting taken? Will the piece I get be satisfactory to me? Will I get my money from that guy on the other side of the country I just shipped my No13 skillet to? What if it gets broken?? Well, I guess I just won't bother. A few precautions on your part will save you from later grief. Ask the person you are buying from, in detail, the exact condition and description of the piece. If not as represented can you return it? You can ship COD if you do not want to send it off without payment. Ask other collectors or me if the other person deals fairly. My own experience has been very good so far. And to avoid breakage and to protect yourself against a later claim be sure to pack very carefully, and insure the piece. Buying, selling, and trading by mailorder can be a rewarding experience. Give it a try!
Above, right Griswold Heat Regulator, pattern # 300. This piece appears in a 1942 Griswold catalog which says "used on stove top to prevent food scorching or burning". This particular version has a reverse side which is smooth except that the same writing is duplicated and the pattern number appears above the slotted hole used to lift the regulator from the hot stove. An earlier version has both sides as in the picture but without the lifting slot and the bottom line of print reads THE GRISWOLD MFG. CO. ERIE, PA., U.S.A. A third version is reported to have a completely smooth reverse side.
Left Wagner bacon fryer on the left catalog #1101 appears on both the pan and the bacon press. Wagner "Bacon And Egg Breakfast Skillet", catalog #1103 on the right. Both pans are fairly early, probably about 1920, and have the early round hole handle, The divided breakfast skillet is far more common with the later handle which is of a completely different shape. This is the only bacon press the editor has seen on one of these skillets so it is probable that the press was not offered with the later version. The 1101 pan has not been seen with the later style handle.


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In response to the letter from Polly Stark (CICN p. 16): The muffin pans marked "N.Waterman - Boston" were patented by Nathaniel Waterman, of Boston Mass. He was a tinware manufacturer and operated a Kitchen Furnishing Co.. I cannot find anything to indicate that a foundry was involved so I doubt he actually manufactured the muffin pans which bear his name. My research has indicated a strong possibility, in fact it is probable that the Waterman pans were manufactured by the Russel & Erwin Manufacturing Company (R&E Mfg Co) of New Britain, Conn.. The muffin pans marked Waterman are nearly identical in design and casting quality to the muffin pans marked R&E Mfg Co, both which bear the patent date Apr. 5, 1859.

Just a note regarding repros: Bogus items I have seen in the past few months are: #262 Cornstick, #27 Wheat & Corn, and a #14 skillet. Is nothing is sacred!
David G. Smith, New York

Thanks, Dave, for the information on the Waterman pans. Nathaniel Waterman was granted the patent, No.23,517, for his "Improved Egg Pan" (patent drawing shows a gem pan) with open spaces between the cups "in order to allow the currents of heat to pass upward between them, so as to equalize the heat against their surfaces". I had a bogus (I thought) No28 Whole Wheat Stick Pan a few years back which looked as if it had been cast years before. I am wondering how you know the #14 skillet was a repro? -ed.


A full set? A collector in North Carolina has Favorite Piqua Ware skillets from size 0-14 including #1 and #13. A California collector has Wapak Indian skillets from size 3-12 including #11. A #2 has been reported but cannot be substantiated. Wagner skillets sizes 0 and 2-14 are confirmed.

I saw one of these several years ago in the Erie, Pa, area at an antiques shop but was refused permission to photograph it. The alarm is not marked but its original box was marked, if I remember right, "Columbian Burglar Alarm, The Griswold Mfg. Co. Erie, Pa. U.S.A." Box was about 4" long. long, ¾ high, and 15" wide. -ed.

A copy of a copy from an original FAVORITE HOLLOW WARE catalog, date unknown but possibly in the 1920's. Many of the cast iron cookware manufacturers offered various display racks to their dealers, often at no cost.

GRISWOLD MUFFIN PAN LIST (see page 25) Here is a listing of all the different Griswold muffin, gem, com bread, and similar types of baking pans such as bread loaf, aebleskiver, and plett pans. Included are those early pans made and sold by Griswold but marked, usually, with only the pattern and trade numbers. To the best of my knowledge this list is complete. Any reader who knows of a pan that I have not included or notices a mistake please let me know.

The first column of the list gives the No. (trade number) of the pan which is usually, but not always, cast on the pan. You will notice duplications of numbers (No.6, 10, 14, 26 and 28). They can be differentiated from one another by their different pattern numbers and shapes. No.(34) is shown in parenthesis because I have not seen one with No.34 on it and am only assuming that this would have been the number given to this pan by Griswold as it is nearly identical to the marked No.34 pans but has a different pattern number,

Pattern Numbers are shown in the second column. They will be cast on all pieces except for the very early (pre-1890?) ones. You will notice that there are duplications of some of the pattern #'s. This occurred when a pan was discontinued, leaving that number available for use on a new pan.

The third column of the list is self- explanatory. The fourth column shows what markings each pan was made with. Early Griswold pans will probably be marked only with the pattern # and No. number. Most of the early Nos. 8, 10, 22, 24, 32 and possibly others are also marked ERIE. For pans with the above markings I have used an "E". If a "G" is in the fourth column the pan will be a later one and marked with either the Griswold name or the Griswold trademark. Pans with "EG" enjoyed a long production run and may appear with any or all of the markings.

The number of variations of each pan that I have seen is shown in the fifth column. This number is approximate, although accurate for many of the pans, as it would be impossible for one person to see or know about every variation ever made. In general I consider the following to count as a distinct variation: different shape of pan; cutouts or no cutouts; more than a minor difference in the amount of markings

on a pan including those marked Griswold as opposed to those pans marked only with the pattern and trade numbers. Minor differences such as on the No27 and 28 wheat stick pans may or may not be counted as a variation: One pan is marked Wheat & Corn Stick Pan and has the patent number on it while the other version is marked Whole Wheat Stick Pan and does not have the patent number cast on it. Otherwise the two versions are identical.

I have listed my estimate of rarity in the sixth column. Depending on what part of the country you live in you may or may not agree with me. Certainly, in New England, you will find a lot of french roll pans, while they are not so common in other parts of the country. My estimate is based on many miles of collecting around the country during the past 10 years; from seeing what is in others' collections; and from discussions with another Griswold muffin pan fanatic, Mac McClendon. On the list 1 is most common and 10 the rarest, A pan might easily be moved up or down two numbers while still giving a close approximation of its rarity, I would term 1-2 as common; 3-5 as uncommon; 6-8 rare; and 9-10 very rare. Value is not determined only by rarity but also by desirability and, thus, demand.

The last column lists the shape of the cups and a few other notes. For those of you who would like to make an extensive collection of Griswold muffin type pans this list should be helpful. There are very few collectors who have seen more than, say, a dozen of the different pans. It is hard, but still possible, to find the less common pans. Be careful of the following reproductions: No50 is easily recognized as it has no markings; No27 and/or 28 wheat pans have been reported; No262 is commonly reproduced in various qualities.

Do any collectors have all the muffin pans? Not yet. Several have come to within 3 to 5 pans of having them all, myself included with over 80 variations and 48 of the 53 numbers listed,

Can any reader supply me with the pattern number of the No28 single loaf pan?

Steve Stephens


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