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Old 04-29-2021, 09:25 AM
Karl R Karl R is offline
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Default Can Anyone Help Me Identifying These Items?

Hello, Iím new to the community and I want to say hello and thanks for having me. I had no idea that there was such a passion for cast iron cookware... Iím mind blown. I have a few questions regarding identification. Hopefully I can get the photos to load.

1. The Wagner Ware Bread Stick Pan... I noticed it doesnít say ďOhioĒ but it says everything else that you would expect it to say. I have also seen that same pan on the internet, so I was pleased to see that it isnít only me with it. Also, what does the ďE.Ē stand for?

2. The N.E.S. Muffin Pan... No Markings whatsoever. I do see similar pans when Iím out and about, but I donít know what is it.

3. The Skillet... I know that there is a section here with tips on identifying unmarked items. My guess on this was an unmarked Vollrath.

Any help is appreciated. I feel a little bit guilty asking all these questions and I even have a few more but I can only upload three photos. Thanks so much for taking time to read my post and an extra thanks for taking a stab at one of my questions.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:52 AM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Wagner designated most all its gem, muffin and bread pans with a unique letter See: http://www.castironcollector.com/gems.php#wagner This one, however, appears to be a knock-off that (shamelessly) used a Wagner pan as the basis for a pattern.

Popular shapes like the NES were widely copied. Without markings, IDing the maker is unlikely. If an identical marked version is found, it still may be someone else's copy of it.

Vollrath, yes.

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Old 04-29-2021, 12:59 PM
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Doug, thanks a lot for your input! Haha, a small piece of me is very irritated about having bought something thatís not authentic. However, I have made some serious zucchini bread, cornbread and banana bread with the pans. They seem to be of good quality even with it being a knockoff.

Unlrelated, I hear that a lot of people have a big issue with the surface of newer cast iron pans being ďroughĒ in texture. I have a large Lodge cast iron pan that I got a while back. Iíll say that with normal use, that roughness has virtually disappeared as the seasoning has built up. What I liked most about the older pans was the weight. It was a relief not having to lift that heavy thing. I saw a guy on the internet buying some cheap Lodge pans and refinishing them so that they mirrored the pans of the past. He was charging 100 dollars... to each their own.
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Old 04-29-2021, 01:28 PM
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I have a big Lodge, a #14.....it was very rough at first, but 3 years of cooking off and on with it has made it like glass...but it is heavy, lol
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Old 04-29-2021, 06:18 PM
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I have a big Lodge, a #14.....it was very rough at first, but 3 years of cooking off and on with it has made it like glass...but it is heavy, lol
Thatís a big Lodge... a ski Lodge. Hahaha! I think those heavy pans can be useful. All depends on what youíre cooking. I like making paella in that heavy pan sometimes. I can start on the stove, steal the lid from the dutch oven and finish it in the oven. Fantastic.
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