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S.Montreuil 09-27-2018 11:03 AM

Unknown #15
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Hi! I acquired this pan a friend was getting rid of it
It it highly unusual. (At least in my collecting experience) . Its Marked #15 on the handle, no other #'s or name. The heat ring is solid, 360 degrees. The thing weights at least 20 lbs. Diameter is 15 inches. It's not as old as the previous owner thought but I found it t intriguing. Any and all input is welcome. Manufacturer? Age?

Doug D. 09-27-2018 11:23 AM

Re: Unknown #15
#15 would be an unusual nominal size. This appears to be a recast of a #16 that has been seen before, but with no indication as to maker. Intact original versions have a wood and wire bail assist handle attached to the post opposite the handle.

S.Montreuil 09-27-2018 11:31 AM

Re: Unknown #15
It might be a #16, I am cleaning it now. I will keep u posted.

D_Madden 09-27-2018 03:05 PM

Re: Unknown #15
I've seen the 16 before... seems to usually be referred to as a 'prison made' pan... not sure I know much more than that.

S.Montreuil 09-27-2018 08:44 PM

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Prison Made, that's interesting. I was told that it was purchased "in the south", I'm not sure what she meant by that. I have collected in 5-6 midwestern states and never seen anything like it before. It does have an excessive amount of grind marks. I will attempt to do some prison research, I do know that many prisons did have prisoners produce products for resale (years ago).Thanks for the info.

S.Montreuil 09-27-2018 09:15 PM

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Here is the cleaned number, it is definitely a recast, poor quality number/size. After I removed most of the appears to have been painted white. I wonder if it was used for a restaurant advertising piece?

Kyle S. 10-02-2018 09:21 PM

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Thought this was interesting. Seems like the same pan. Southern Casting Corp.

Doug D. 10-02-2018 11:09 PM

Re: Unknown #15
The raised lettering to me says something added to the mold just prior to casting, as opposed to incised marks which would be in the pattern. I'd say Southern used the unknown 16 as the basis for their pattern, as opposed to those without their name being unmarked versions made by them.

SpurgeonH 10-17-2018 07:17 PM

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I found the same skillet today. Had to pay $25 for it. And, I found it “in the South”, specifically, Valley, Alabama.

I’m looking forward to making pizza in this bad boy.

D_Madden 10-17-2018 10:08 PM

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do you suppose these had a bail or something... given the odd shape of the 'helper handle'. I've seen one of these in person... its a beast...

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