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SeanD 01-30-2018 01:42 PM

What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I collect all CI, but I mainly collect Wapak. I guess for me, the reasons I love Wapaks are that they are kind of easy to date ( 1903-1926 ), not a lot of variants, every Wapak is unique in that they all have their flaws somewhere on them ( that's what I love ), they were I'm assuming a small outfit compared to Griswold, Wagner, Lodge, ect. They are also lightweight, smooth as glass, cook very well. Finally, I like that they have just enough different logos to make things interesting, and keeps you guessing.

GTurner 01-30-2018 04:03 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I am trying to collect Iron Mountain. I do collect at least one of the different makers of CI. I have at least one of each: a Favorite (Puritan), Lodge, BS&R, Wagner, and Griswold. With Griswold, I want an Erie, slant logo, LBL, SBL & MBL (late large). A Spider would be nirvana. I do have most of the Griswold logos.

Martin, Wapak, Excelsior, Hanks, GF Filley, Waterman, etc are still on my list along with the Canadian manufactures.

Wish me luck.

BryanB 01-30-2018 06:51 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Anything gate marked and unknown. Spider skillets and pig eared DO's.

EdgarLopez 01-30-2018 11:29 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I collect Wagner,Bsr,Lodge,I don't like Griswold too many variations but When I see one real cheap $3-$8 I buy it like an investment,I have one of each different brand,I'm cheap and I don't want to spend a lot of money on 1 item if I can have 3 or 4 with same amount of money

Ty L. 01-30-2018 11:41 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I don't get serious about collecting a specific series until I get a really good deal on a rare piece from that series. Once I get one of the hard to find ones out of the way I'm willing to be a little more flexible on how much I might pay to put a set together.

Christian James 01-31-2018 01:37 AM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
The first vintage CI I got was a Griswold, so that's what primarily interests me. I'd like to put together a working set from the different series. Currently I have a #3 LBL smooth bottom, #5 SBL grooved handle, #7 SBL early handle, and #8 Slant EPU with heat ring. As you can see I still have a long way to go.

I have recently discovered the old straight walled, outer heat ring pans. In terms of form factor, I think I like them the most. My #9 Wagner/National is a thing of beauty, just looking at it you know you're dealing with a vintage item.

BobbiC 01-31-2018 01:50 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I just started collecting (trying to finish a set my Mom left me). I have Wagners and BSR Red Mountains (trying to finish the "S" set (3, 5, 7). I impulse bought an unmarked gated number 9 which I love love love, so I would like to get every size. But the ones I think are the prettiest and am actively collecting are the fully marked Victors. I have a 6, 7 and 8. I want a 5 and 9 but haven't had a lot of luck. I just think they're beautiful!!!!

M_Osborne 02-01-2018 12:29 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I am very much into local pieces from the Northeast. However I am fond of unique bakeware G.F. Filley gem pans are my favorite. I would love to complete a set of Wapak Indians but then again who wouldn't. I go for the gate marked skillets due to the history and weight.

I enjoy the hunt so anything is fair game, the rarer the better.

SeanD 02-01-2018 10:08 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Thanks for all the replies.....its interesting to hear everyone's different stories!

David P Fortin 02-02-2018 06:39 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
The Wagners and Griswold do not interest me at all. If I want a good cast iron user or a modern piece than Lodge is the only way to go. Lodge is perfect with a super reputation and a mixture of modern proven metals. I do not see how it would be able to best Lodge with modern or old cast iron. David

Christian James 02-02-2018 08:41 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by David P Fortin (Post 39585)
I do not see how it would be able to best Lodge with modern or old cast iron.

That's funny.

Lodge is fine, it's what piqued my interest in cast iron in the first place. But there are valid reasons why people prefer lighter and/or smoother pans.

Rob Zamites 10-24-2019 11:35 AM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by David P Fortin (Post 39585)
I do not see how it would be able to best Lodge with modern or old cast iron. David

I'd put any of my Favorite Piqua Ware Smileys up against a modern Lodge. To each, his own though :tongue:

SeanD 10-25-2019 02:23 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
One of my go to skillets for small meals in my #8 Oneta....made by wapak but the #8 is about the size of a Wapak #7. Id say not too many people collect Oneta, lol....but I like them.

Dan B 10-26-2019 09:09 AM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Favorite Piqua Ware (esp. Smiley Logo). The quality and elegance of design are second to none in my mind. Works of art.

EBailey 11-16-2019 02:26 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Wagner Ware

SeanD 12-05-2019 06:38 AM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Im starting to try to collect Descoware as well as Wapak. I only have 1 Descoware so far, an oval roaster with the maple leaf design, and I love it.

Roland B. 01-01-2020 06:50 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I collect because it's fun and a learning experience, and I prefer using CI to aluminum and fancy stuff as seen on TV. For frugality, I've limited myself to one of each "major" brand and, because we use everything I've collected (so far), I've added a little variety with a waffle iron, muffin and bread pans:).
I have a smiley Favorite fryer with lid, a 14 Lodge skillet (my pizza pan), slant and LB Griswold skillets, an Indian Wapak, a Sidney Holloware 3-hole handle, a 10 Wagner Ware skillet (my go-to), a Martin hangover, Griswold 932 abelskiver, 948 muffin pan, a 950 NES type 5 on it's way, Sydney arc, Erie 9 first series, Lodge and Favorite no.8 DO's, Wagner chef (another go-to), a logo'd Vollrath, and a gate-marked no.7 shallow pan that travels with me when I go outdoors. ;)
Hopefully I'll be able to finally add a no.10 block lettered Wagner to the list this year - fingers crossed!

StephenH 01-03-2020 04:56 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
I don't collect, but would like to find a few more Wagners. Wouldn't mind another BSR or two, also.

Michael Talton 01-06-2020 04:36 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
What I enjoy using the most and what I seek out are bottom gated pans, especially if marked or unusual.

BobB 01-07-2020 08:48 AM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Since I grew up in western PA, I collect Griswold. I started about 15 years ago and lost interest until a couple of weeks ago. I can't believe how much the prices have gone up.

SeanD 01-07-2020 04:25 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
PA native here. I grew up here too, and youre right about the prices being high. The fun part is looking at yard sale and the like. Pretty slim pickings lately tho.

Jody M 01-07-2020 08:17 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SeanD (Post 46637)
PA native here. I grew up here too, and youre right about the prices being high. The fun part is looking at yard sale and the like. Pretty slim pickings lately tho.

SeanD, do you do the big 30 mile yard sale in your neck of the woods each year? I did it once on a Saturday and found out everything good sales on Friday, lol.

SeanD 01-07-2020 09:20 PM

Re: What Brand Do You Collect And Why?
 
. Its actually The Hundred Mile Yard Sale. No clue how long it acually is, but I have been there for about a 20 mile stretch and VERY rural. Found some stuff, nothing big tho.


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