Wagner cast iron dating
GENERAL TIPS FOR IDENTIFICATION Does the skillet have any markings on it at all?
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The Wagner Manufacturing Company was a family-owned manufacturer of cast iron and aluminum products based in Sidney, Ohio, US.
It made products for domestic use such as frying pans, casseroles, kettles and baking trays, and also made metal products other than cookware.
It is fun to learn the history and origin of old cast iron cookware.
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Straight/Straight, Centered (1910-1915) Wagner Sidney O. Arc/Straight/Straight (1920s)⁸ Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized Logo, High (1922-1924, heat ring & size no.; 1924-1935, heat ring & c/n; 1935-1959, smooth bottom) Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized Logo, Centered (1924-1935, heat ring & c/n)⁹ Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized Logo, "Pie Logo" (1924-1934)¹⁰ National (1914-1930) National/Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized, Dual Logo (1930-1940) Long Life (1930s) Montgomery Ward/Wardway (1930s) This contradicts published sources placing the "pie logo" much earlier, as early as 1915.
Cast-iron pots were made with handles to allow them to be hung over a fire, or with legs so that they could stand up in the fireplace.
In addition to Dutch ovens, which were developed with the onset of the Industrial Revolution, a commonly used cast-iron cooking pan called a spider had a handle and three legs used to stand up in the coals and ashes of the fire.
Types of bare cast-iron cookware include panini presses, waffle irons, crepe makers, dutch ovens, frying pans, deep fryers, tetsubin, woks, potjies, karahi, flattop grills and griddles.
Cast-iron cauldrons and cooking pots were valued as kitchen items for their durability and their ability to retain heat, thus improving the quality of cooking meals.
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Wagner was active between 18, and at one time dominated the cookware market, selling in Europe and the US.