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GENERAL TIPS FOR IDENTIFICATION Does the skillet have any markings on it at all?
The Internet has opened up a myriad of ways to identify cast iron.
It is fun to learn the history and origin of old cast iron cookware.
Sometimes it’s the thrill of the hunt; one person’s junk might be another person’s treasure!
Griswold Manufacturing Company, Erie, PA: Griswold manufactured pieces under names other than “Griswold.” Early Griswold pans did not have the Griswold name on them.
Instead, they may have been marked “ERIE.” If a piece has only the word “ERIE” on it, it was likely made in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s by the Griswold Manufacturing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania. The distinctive handle shape easily identifies Iron Mountain skillets.
Some of the Victor pans have the Griswold name on them and some do not.
Pans marked only VICTOR, with a product number, were manufactured by Griswold between between about 18.
There, if you are lucky, you will find identifying information about your pan.
GENERAL TIPS FOR DETERMINING THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE Does the pan have a gate mark?