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Victor skillets..................................p.33
Letters to the editor.........................p.34
Griswold trivet box.........................p.35
Griswold cast iron production list....p.36
Wagner muffin pans........................p.37
Griswold skillet label.................p.38-39
Tips on shipping cast iron................p.39
Vol. 1 No. 6Number 6March 1989
VICTOR SKILLETS BY GRISWOLD Made from approximately the mid 1890's until the mid 1930's in sizes 7-9 which are not too hard to find and sizes 5 and 6 which are, having been made only during the later years. The No6 appears in a 1926 catalog v?ile the No5 is shown in a 1932 catalog. Earliest versions are marked "VICTOR" and have the same style as the early "ERIE" skillets. The skillets pictured here are the latest version and have the most writing on the bottoms. Note the 7 on top of the handle in the nested set; upside down as have been all 7's on the late pans I've seen. Presumably Griswold made the Victor skillets for the same reason Wagner made their corresponding National skillets: "...to fill the demand for a low-priced, slightly undersize skillet. It is a utensil that can be featured in sales as a special". Unlike the National skillets, no covers were ever made to fit the Victors as far as I know. Also similar to the Victor skillets, in addition to Wagner's National, were Favorite's Miami (from Miami County where Piqua, Ohio and the Favorite plant are located) and Wapak's Oneta (Oneta being the last letters of the town of Wapakoneta, Ohio). Pattern numbers for the Victor are as follows: 5-695, 6-697, 7-721, 8-722.
From the Editor...
This is the final issue for Volume 1 of Cast Iron Cookware News. A renewal form for Volume 2 (issues 7-12) is enclosed. I have been quite pleased with the response to CICN and the way it has come along with two exceptions: First is that reader input has been lower than I had hoped for (my thanks to those who have contributed) and second, that I have not been getting CICN out on time with this issue being about four months late. I will have to work at being timely and can only urge readers to contribute from time to time: Pictures of your interesting pieces, short articles about your collecting experiences, loan of paper material which will be returned in same condition as received, want ads, etc. -ed.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dick & Esther Millor, McConnellsburg, PA, sent a rubbing of an unusual waffle iron "probably to advertise,with KWIKBAKE in the center of the outside along with WRIGHTS- VILLE HARDWARE CO. and PATENTS PENDING. It also has a base with no markings and with a side handle, no bail, which matches my Griswold bottom almost to the T. Could this be Griswold as I know they made ovens by KWIKBAKE?. I did some checking into the Wrightsville Hardware Co, and was told it had burned down. I have also seen an ice shaver by Wrightsville Hardware. The waffle iron itself seems to be nickeled." Also... "We have a #10 skillet, but only the size of a #0. It is not ground inside and has minor pitting around the New, the name on the back New Brighton. The New is hard to make out. Have seen larger skillets but never any this small."

Only two weeks ago, at a Pasadena, CA flea market I saw an identical KWIKBAKE waffle iron as Dick and Esther have. From the construction details it is definitely not Griswold and appears to have been made possibly in the 1920-1935 period. It was about a size 7 with wood handles similar to those on a Wagner iron. The outside was dimpled in a pattern and size like the arrangement of holes on a dutch oven trivet, Griswold's QWIK-BAKE oven is spelled differently than your waffle iron's KWIKBAKE. I am not familiar with your New Brighton skillet. -ed.

Chuck Wafford, Springfield, OR sent a picture which, unfortunately, would not copy here well, of an early Griswold "FOOD CUTTER" display stand. Made of ash lumber, it has five shelves, each narrower than the one below it and each shelf wraps around the sides of the shelf. The back extends about 10" above the top shelf and has a large (about 7"x10"?) Griswold's ERIE diamond trademark casting in nickel plate and red with FOOD CUTTERS at the bottom of the casting. Has anyone else seen one? -ed.   ------------------------------->

Steve, would like you to know I have just purchased the following skillet; It is a 42 slant/EPU without the smoke ring. I have seen one other but since you do not have a listing for it in your skillet sheet (CICN p.3), I thought maybe you might be interested to have it verified. Enclosed is a rubbing and a photocopy. The pattern number looks like 703A...
Dick Miller, McConnellsburg, PA,

Dear Steve, Have another addition to your Griswold skillet chart on page 3 of your newsletter. Under your late large TM you only list a #3, Today I picked up a #11 that falls under that same heading. I am enclosing a copy of it for you to see. Also, about three week ago, I saw a #12 skillet that comes under your heading of GRISWOLD'S ERIE. I didn't buy it because it was plated. However, it definitely was a #12 GRISWOLD'S ERIE so you can add that one to your list.
Irv Wagenschnur, Norristown, PA

Thank you Dick and Irv for your information. (Irv also sent a photocopy of the #2 skillet mentioned in Dick's letter above, and suggested I make a chart for Griswold griddles similar to that done for the skillets. A good idea although I'd need seme help to make it as complete as the skillet chart). The #11 skillet you have Irv does not have the late, large TM. It has the same TM as is used on some pieces Made in the late 30's such as the oval skillets. It is exactly ½" smaller in diameter than the block TM used on most #11 skillets. I have seen several of these #11 skillets with the smaller TM but have no explanation why the change was made. Just another of Griswold's unique variations that keep showing up. Note, too, that your #11 has the large CAST IRON SKILLET and ERIE, PA. U.S.A. on the bottom which would indicate that it predates the sm.TM skillets while the late, large TM #3 skillet is marked with the small, type-style ERIE, PA. The #3 skillet is still the only regular, round skillet I have seen or heard of to have the late, large TM. -ed.
Add the following skillets to the chart on pg.3 of CICN. All have been verified:
GRISWOLD'S ERIE, Nos. 11 and 12
slant TM/ERIE, No13
slant TM/Erie PA USA w/smooth bottom, No2
sm. TM w/late handle, Nos. 6,8 and 9

Can anyone verify a No4 skillet with sm.TM and early handle?

(note: stand is roughly 32"w, 42"h, 15"d)


Griswold items produced in cast iron Including non-cookware items and listed in no particular order. Compiled by the editor.
regular skillets
scotch bcwls
yankee bowls
maslin kettles
dutch ovens
muffin and gem pans
corn bread pans
bread loaf pans
flat bottom kettles
regular skillet covers
flat bottom kettle covers
round waffle irons
square waffle irons
French waffle irons
American French waffle iron
shallow skillets
skillet griddles
N.E. qriddles
flop griddles
breakfast skillets
patty & deep patty bowls
patty irons
wafer irons
handled griddles
bailed griddles
long griddles
oval griddles
long iron pans or heaters
sad irons
dutch oven display racks
skillet display racks
griddle display racks
waffle iron display racks
skillet cover display racks
toy cookware
oval skillets
oval skillet covcn:
chicken fryers
extra deep skillets
deep dutch ovens
dutch oven trivets
decorative trivets
oval roasters
oval roaster covers
oval roaster orivets
dutch oven covers
loaf pan
loaf pan cover
skillet grill
heat regulator
long broilers
double broilers
gas hot plates
food choppers
copying presses
nut crackers
Puritan & Merit cookware
All-In-One Dinner Skillet
3-section skillet insert
square skillets
square skillet cover
food chopper display stand
wood handled skillets
wood handled griddles
bakelite handled skillets
stove pipe damrpers
damper clips
lamb, rabbit & santa molds
bundt cake molds
coffee grinders
coffee roasters
stove lid lifters
kerosene heaters
gas heaters
parlor stoves
Mortars & pestles
sweedish plett pan
egg poacher
danish cake pan
monk pan
low kettles
regular kettles
eccentric kettles
regular bulged pots
extra large eccentric pots
ham boilers
dutch ovens w/legs
flanged dutch oven covers
gas/vapor stove griddles
gas stove waffle rings
gas stove sausage qriddles
gas stove grates
gas stove cake griddles
gas stove burners
mail boxes
tobacco cutters
fruit & lard presses
gas stove skeleton grates
advertising skillet clock
round skillet ashtrays
square skillet ashtray
windproof ashtrays
cowboy hat ashtray
hearthstone skillet ashtray
colonial smoking set
nursery hot plate
Griswold pup
hammered finish cookware
chromed finish cookware
nickeled finish cookware
"Cast Iron Grill"
boot jacks
Best Made cookware
Mountain Grade cookware
deep fat fryer
deep fat fryer cover
oval bean pot cover
barbeque grill
rimmed kettles
rimmed pots
habachi type grill
sad iron trivet
ice shaver
fluting iron
lemon squeezers
low bulged pots
safety cookers
flat bottcm kettle w/handles
sauce pans
steak platters
hot service plates
casseroles & covers
rarebit dishes
service dishes
fish service dish
table service dish
service kettles
oval tree platter
double skillets
Washington Bicentennial
Skillet Cover
"Cliff Cornell" skillets
square egg skillet
odorless skillets
coffee pot stands
sealing wax ladle
hinged skillets & covers
hinged dutch oven
no.14 bailed skillet
hot pot or patty bowl & cover
low eccentric kettles
safety kettles
flat bottom bellied sauce
pans w/cover
flat bottom round boilers
odorless kettles
Victor skillets
Victor waffle irons
oval waffle irons
burglar alarm
cylinder rings for stove pipe
stove pipe shelves
tack hammers
fire sets
boiler handles


Label that was placed in Griswold skillets for advertising. This label was generously provided by Charlotte Fitz, Santa Monica, CA,whose father, William F. Smith, was a sales representative for Griswold from 1915 to 1957. The pancakes and bacon are printed in their actual color on a black background. The bottom of the label is a medium blue with yellow and white writing. The rectangular "card" portion is in light grey-blue with red and blue writing. Note the "Life-Time Guarantee", Do you think that General Housewares Corporation, which now owns the Griswold name, would still honor the guarantee? Another label, P-530, has bacon flanking two eggs, sunny side up.
Clipping from The Old Fanner's Almanac, 1988, courtesy of Jerry Predika, Santa Cruz, OA. For those of you who have skillets that give the food cooked in them an iron taste you might try this and report back if it works. I have never heard of it although I have noticed an iron taste after cooking some foods, especially acidic ones like tcmato sauce, in an unseasoned iron skillet.

Reverse side of label shown on previous page. Grey print on a buff background. Griswold is touting "almost 100 years" so this label must be from the period immediately preceding the end of production in Erie in 1957. Note that the dutch oven is now being sold with the stamped aluminum trivet. The Family Grill is actually the No. 18 "Cast Iron Grill" and the Corn Cake Pan is the common No.273 comstick pan being sold right to the end of Erie production. Finally, note Griswold's directions for use and care.
SHIPPING CAST IRON-SOME TIPS: Pack your piece more than adequately with a least 2" of space between any part of the piece and the box. Pack with crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap, styrofoam, or a combination. If using styrofoam "worms" be aware that your piece could migrate through the chips toward the sides of the box and, thus, could be damaged. Include some crumpled newspaper or other material to keep the piece in the center of the box. Protect projecting handles especially well. I know of a No.13 skillet that had its handle broken off in shipping. Insure for full replacement value or more in case you need to make a claim on a damaged piece. If you use a packing service check to see what liability they accept, if any. I use UPS but learned to pack extremely well as they tend to pile lots of heavy boxes on top of mine in transit. -ed.

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