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Lo La
FEBRUARY 26, 2014 AT 2:07 PM

I have a Wagner Ware skillet I found in my grandmother’s attic. It had the number 1056 M on the bottom and either a 6 or 9 on the handle. It also has a pour spout on either dude of the skillet. I would love any information you could offer on this piece.

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 9:57 AM

Hey Lo La –
That’s really cool that you found that 1056M. It is probably a 6 on the handle too.
It’s probably from the 1922 to 1935 or so. It’s a little hard to tell sometimes so it might be a recent as the 1950s.
Where on the bottom does the logo appear?

DrJill
FEBRUARY 26, 2014 AT 4:28 PM

I only have cast iron that is more than 20 years old, so I don’t know about the new stuff. I know that Lodge has that bumpy stuff that is supposed to be pre seasoned. Don’t like it.

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:00 AM

Hey DrJill. I agree with you 100%. I like the idea of cast iron and I have a few things from Lodge…But it is like cooking on cement!
I have been able to sand down a griddle from Lodge and it’s pretty nice to cook in now. Back in the day, the factories used to grind down the cast iron but now they just sell the rough cast iron and tell you to keep cooking on it and seasoning it.
I like the classics myself.

Charlie Crouch
MARCH 17, 2014 AT 12:38 PM

Hello I have a Wagner Sydney o it has a wire handle that hang’s from a fire 1/2 inch thick 10 inch lid

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:01 AM

Hey Charlie,
That sounds like you have a classic dutch oven there. Very cool!
It’s probably from around the 1920s – 1959 or so.
If it says “made in the USA” that means it’s probably from post 1959 when Wagner changed ownership.

Chuck Michlik
MARCH 23, 2014 AT 1:19 PM

I have a CRAPE-ETTE MASTER*****WAGNER WARE*****U.S. PATENT PEND.
I have looked on Google and ebay but could not find it anywhere. Can you provide me with any information; When it was patented, how rare, what is it worth? Thank you!

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:05 AM

Hey Chuck – That sounds pretty darn rare. I haven’t seen one myself and I didn’t see much in my searches either.
Sorry I can’t offer more help on that!

Keith Mc
APRIL 4, 2014 AT 3:49 PM

I just inherited my 91 year-old mother’s skillet when she passed away last month. I’m 53 and can remember it in it’s storage place on top of the stove (as well as being used daily to fry or make cornbread) for my entire life. I’m 6th of 7 kids, so I presume she had it already long before I was born in 1960. I’ve just gone through the process of restoring it and I’m trying to get an idea of just how old it is.
On the bottom of the pan are: Wagner Ware (where there is actually just one “W” and the two words are on top of each other and share it), then Sydney, then – O -. Then, also on the bottom, but at the opposite side from the other writing it has 1056 and below that, an O.
Any ideas as to the true age of it? Thanks in advance!

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:07 AM

Hey Keith, Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing.
That’s cool that you’ll be able to keep that very nice heirloom. I think it’s probably from the 1922 – 1959 range. Can you tell me where on the bottom the logo appears?
Is it more towards the top, middle, or bottom?

Keith Mc
JULY 27, 2014 AT 11:28 PM

Thank Billy. If I hold the pan with the handle pointing down, the logo is printed on the top (it’s opposite the handle).

Kim
APRIL 4, 2014 AT 10:44 PM

I love to collect vintage cast iron and have several pieces. I bought a WAPAK skillet last week for $1 and it was covered with thick layers of burnt on gunk. I finally got brave and set it in our woodstove on a glowing bed of hot coals. I watched it carefully for about a half hour. Took it out and it is absolutely like new! It just needs to be seasoned and I can’t wait to use it. I wanted to share this hint so more people save these priceless pieces!!!

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:09 AM

Hey Kim – Great tip! And, what a great deal at $1.
I know a couple of my friends have put their cast iron in the electric oven on the self cleaning cycle but I wouldn’t do it with something that is one of a kind. It could crack under the intense heat.
I also wouldn’t want to heat up my kitchen with the oven in the HOT Georgia Summer. haha, I’ll wait for the winter when we don’t mind the extra heat in the kitchen.
Cheers, Kim, and thanks for the tip.

Steve
APRIL 6, 2014 AT 4:29 PM

Hi, I just purchased three Wagner Ware skillets: 6 1/2, 8 and 9 and inches. The 6 1/2 has the number 3 at the base of the handles on top and the letter D on the bottom of the skillet. The 8 has 5 on top and the letter N on the bottom and the 9 has 6 on top and the letter K on the bottom. Anything you could tell me I would appreciate it.

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:13 AM

Hi Steve, Congrats on your new purchases!
They are probably from the period around 1922 – 1959.
The numbers are designated for the old wood burning stoves…not the size in inches like you discovered. Even after modern stoves were used they kept using the same size designations.
So how smooth are those pans compared to the modern Lodge Cast Iron you can get nowadays?

Marykay
MAY 3, 2014 AT 10:26 PM

I purchased a Wagner Sidney O skillet, medium sized, at the Cameron Antique Festival,and the ‘blacking’ came off just from sitting on the stove next to the skillet that was being used. It looks like shiny aluminum that had been ‘blacked’, and the color came off the sides. the bottom and the insides are still black. I’m puzzled. It’s lighter than the other skillet, but then it is slightly smaller as well. ???

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:18 AM

Hey Marykay – Congrats on the new purchase.
The blacking is the seasoning that keeps things from sticking to the skillet when you are cooking.
As long as the cooking surface is still black and seasoned as we say, then don’t worry about it. It is just superficial and you’ll be able to cook just find in the skillet.
Here is how to season cast iron.

Sharon Skrivseth
MAY 4, 2014 AT 12:31 AM

I just purchased a Wagnerware 11.5″ skillet in great shape at a yard sale . Can you tell me what the numbers s0901 stand for on the bottom?

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:22 AM

Hey Sharon,
Great find!
I am a little stumped about what “s0901″ stands for. It might just be some designation about the model # or cast in the factory that was used.
What else is listed on the bottom too?

Paula
MAY 5, 2014 AT 10:40 AM

I have a wagner ware sidney 0 its smaller than the #3 has a 2A on the back. Anyone know about this small skillet? thank you, Paula

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:25 AM

Hey Paula,
It’s smaller than the #3. Hmm, you have a #2 skillet!
It must 4-7/8″ which is just a little smaller than the #3.
The “A” tells the factory the cast mold that was used.
I like to use the small sizes as a serving dish since it’s pretty small to actually cook in unless I am baking.

Shelly
MAY 18, 2014 AT 4:32 PM

We found two Wagners at the thrift store and On the bottom of one it says Wagners 1891 original cast iron cook wear..seasoning instructions and then has a 4 step instructions….does any one know anything about this…we have never seen one with that on it

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:26 AM

Hey Shelly – The “Wagner 1891″ Skillet that you had was a “throw back” manufacturing run in 1991.
So it is not an antique but something Wagner put out before they stopped making cookware.

Marilyn Schuening
JUNE 16, 2014 AT 12:16 PM

I have a question maybe someone can help me with, I have a Wagner Ware Waffle Iron and on side it has a 1408 stamped into it. Thank you for your help. I still use it, it makes the best waffles that the new electric can’t beat.

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:29 AM

Hey Marilyn,
That’s super cool!
I think that is worth about $70 – $150++ depending on what condition it’s in. I don’t think you’ll want to sell it since the waffles are so good coming out of it!
I just have an electric waffle maker here at home so I can only imagine how good those waffles are.

Paul
JUNE 16, 2014 AT 10:41 PM

I have a pan with markings on the bottom that has Sidney in quotation marks(“SIDNEY”) in an arc at the top with a number 7 that has a dot to the right of it(7.) at the bottom near the handle base. Does any one have any information about this pan?

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:31 AM

Paul, that’s awesome!
I think that is quite rare these days and comes from a while back!
I’m guessing 1895 – 1915 roughly.
What kind of shape is that skillet in?

Lara
JUNE 18, 2014 AT 5:01 PM

We hvae a cast iron skillet that we have had for about 10 years. We used it on a gas stove mostly. Sadly, after such a short time (for cast iron) we are now seeing a visible crack in it. Does Wagner offer a warantee on their product? I can’t seem to find any information. If not this will be last Wagner we buy. I am sorely disappointed.

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:33 AM

Hey Lara,
Sorry to hear about that.
This site isn’t the official Wagner site…however, they don’t make these pans anymore. It’s quite rare when they crack but often times, you can just keep using them if the crack is small.
In fact, my nicest pan has a hairline crack that was not visible until I totalled cleaned it. Turns out it was fine and I can still cook in it.

barbara lyle
JUNE 23, 2014 AT 7:54 PM

I was given a cast iron 8″ skillet with about 30 yrs of rust & dirt on it. I got it cleaned up & on the bottom it says
Wagner Ware Sidney 0. On the bottom it has 1057 & a marking I can’t make out. Is this an oldie?

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:35 AM

Hey Barbara – Yes, I think that’s roughly from the 1922 – 1959 period. The other marking is probably just a notation of what mold was used in the factory, like a model number.
How do you like the skillet?

Pamela Long
JUNE 28, 2014 AT 5:26 PM

I just bought some skillets and one is a #10 Wagner. I looked at the photos on castisroncollector.com and do not see one that matches. I also looked in the book, “Collectors Guide to Wagner Ware” and did not find this exact marking.
It has the script-style on the “W” where there is a small loop in the center. The logo and writing is in the center near the top, or opposite the handle. The “Wagner” has a bit of an arc to it, while “Ware” is written straight with no arc.
At the bottom of the skillet, it says – “11 /34″ SKILLET” and “MADE IN USA”. Below that is an ‘X’.
Do you have any information regarding this marking?
Kind regards,
Pamela

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:38 AM

Hey Pamela,
That’s a cool pan and you have done your research!
I think the “X” is just a model number for the factory to know what mold was used to make that pan.
Since it says “Made in the USA”, it is probably from the 1950s or later. The early pieces were from an era where everything was from the USA so there was no need to make such a notation.
Hope that helps

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:39 AM

Just to note..I don’t know for sure that the “x” stands for the mold but that is my guess.

geraldine
JULY 2, 2014 AT 2:26 PM

I am trying ti date my 10″ wagner ware dutch oven that has a lid that is another frying pan that hooks onto the bottom pan. It has the “O” for Ohio.
The # is 1402A
Pat Nos. 97022- 1554360
I never saw one like it.
Thanks for your help.
Geri

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:43 AM

Hey Geri,
That’s a great Dutch Oven! Very cool.
If it is in poor condition it’s probably worth $130-150. In good shape it’s probably worth $250++.
The dating…I think it’s in the range from 1922 – 1959. And upon further investigation, I found a similar model online. The Pan-Handler stated that it’s manufactured in 1941.
So there you go, 1941.

charlie
JULY 2, 2014 AT 8:04 PM

Thank you all for the wealth of information. I have been frying steaks in my Wagner centennial fat free pan , that my wife found for a buck, and love its’ performance. Now I can’t wait to find a vintage one to compare.

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:44 AM

Hey Charlie – Thanks for coming by and I appreciate the compliment.
You will love the vintage cast iron, buddy! Happy hunting.

tiffany
JULY 8, 2014 AT 2:01 PM

My mom has a collection of cast iron. I found wagner ware (arch cursive like w) sidney -O- 1056 M #6. Also a wagnerware (same symbol) 1055 c #5. And a wagner ware (block letters)1891 8″ skillet with seasoning instructions hammered in. Any idea as to what these are worth? We plan on keeping them but would like to know what we have.

Billy
JULY 27, 2014 AT 10:47 AM

Hey Tiffany, that’s a great collection!
First off, the 1891 skillet isn’t worth much. The “Wagner 1891″ Skillet that you had was a “throw back” manufacturing run in 1991. It’s not an antique or particularly valuable.
The #5 & #6 are probably from the 1922 – 1959 range. They are most likely worth from about $25 – $75+ each. It depends on what kind of shape they are in. If you clean them up and season them very carefully, then you can pretty much get them to look great, driving up the value.

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