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ChuckP 12-19-2020 04:29 PM

Columbus Iron Works Grill
I picked up this Columbus Iron Works grill from a lady that said it was her grandfather's and that he had bought it new in the late 40'/early 50's.
After I drove over an hour to get there I saw that it was originally a plated piece. Most of the plating is gone with only the underside and one door remaining.
I know that black iron is preferred, but with so few of these around and so little plating left, how much does this effect the value of this piece?

Doug D. 12-19-2020 05:40 PM

Re: Columbus Iron Works Grill
I've never seen a reference to these being plated. Plating of CI cookware literally doubled the price. Seems like an extravagance for a charcoal grill. Are you sure it's actually plating? Perhaps remnants of silver paint?

ChuckP 12-19-2020 06:33 PM

Re: Columbus Iron Works Grill
I just looked it over again and it sure looks like plating to me, but I know just enough to be dangerous. I'll bring it out in the daylight tomorrow and take some more pictures and post them up.

Doug D. 12-19-2020 06:46 PM

Re: Columbus Iron Works Grill
I found this in which the coating is described as paint, but it doesn't necessarily disprove the possibility of plating.

ChuckP 12-19-2020 07:03 PM

Re: Columbus Iron Works Grill
Very interesting for sure. Mine actually has remnants of red paint on the handle.

ChuckP 12-20-2020 11:38 AM

Re: Columbus Iron Works Grill
Here are some follow up pictures that I took this morning.
The first one seems to solve the question of it being plated or painted. Fingerprint = Paint. Would it be safe to assume that this was a factory finish? Would my e-tank remove it?
I would prefer to have it all black iron.

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