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Old 10-18-2018, 12:52 PM
BetseyT BetseyT is offline
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Default Miniatures by Virginia Metalcrafters

I have a couple of pieces of cast iron described on the boxes as "Miniature Reproduction of Early American Cooking Utensil" by Virginia Metalcrafters, Waynesboro, Virginia, possibly from the 1920s-1930s. They are also called ash trays. i'm guessing that they are spray-painted black as opposed to seasoned. Anyone have any ideas? Since I like to use my cast iron, I would want to clean off the paint if that's what's on there. ebay now has a few if you search "virginia metalcrafters cast iron miniature". Thanks.
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:00 AM
Doug D. Doug D. is offline
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Default Re: Miniatures by Virginia Metalcrafters

A quick search reveals they could have been made any time between 1938 and 2005. Lye may or may not remove the paint; electrolysis should. Their size, however, makes them impractical for any use other than that for which they were made, which was as smoking accessories and/or advertising give-aways.
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