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History of Wagner Cast Iron (page 2)

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Here are some comments from our old blog:

OCTOBER 9, 2013 AT 4:00 PM

I have a wagner Ware Fat-Free Fryer
with -0- number. It has a low edge and a ditch around the cooking area, for grease(?). It is 11.5″ diameter measured across the two little pouring lips. How can I tell how old it is?

NOVEMBER 1, 2013 AT 5:09 AM

Hi Earlene – It sounds like a nice piece of cast iron! The “-0-” is actually an “O” as in Ohio. The age is hard to pin point but based on what you’ve said the range is the early 1920s to as late as 1959. Is the logo in the middle or higher up on the bottom of the pan? Thanks for coming by!

OCTOBER 13, 2013 AT 12:50 AM

Hi Billy, nice site. I’m always on the lookout for good cast iron. I did not see a single good piece I wanted for 6 months. In the last month I came across a stack of 6 skillets for $15. 3 large logo griswolds 2 small logo and 1 wagnerware. A AB&I dutch oven with lid for $8.98 first ab&i for me. unusual lid, flat on both sides with a polished cooking surface on both sides, a beautiful wagnerware #8 1058 for $10, and today I got a large logo Griswold #8 704 nickel plated skillet, marked $9.99 but it was half off day so it was $5. I kind of felt like a thief on that one, its in very good condition. here is my question, today I also acquired a kettle I have never seen. 10in across at the top, 6 in deep, has bail handle and a ring for pouring on 1 side. kinda rusty but I think I can save it. it has a ring around the bottom instead of 3 legs, and it is marked “WAGNER” and either a 3 or an 8. I have seen plenty of wagner’s and wagnerware but no WAGNER in quotes. any ideas, is this wagners? any idea of when they used that mark?

NOVEMBER 1, 2013 AT 5:14 AM

Hey Timothy – I’m sorry about the delay in myreply. However, I was able to do a little research and I think you’ve got something special! You’re searching, hunting, and diligence paid off – I think it’s pre-1920s! I haven’t ever seen one of those up close and in person but that’s when they had the quotes in the logo. Now, is the logo in an arc or just a block of letters.
I’m excited for you on this gem of a find!
Where do you go to find your cast iron?
Thanks for visiting,

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 AT 3:19 PM

Hi Billy.
the “{WAGNER” is straight block letters with a sort of fancy G. After a couple of sessions in the electrolysis tank, the outside cleaned up great. Removed a lot of rust. I can now see it is a 3 not an 8. The area with the most rust is inside starting where the sides start to get straight and up 3 to 4 inches from there. I got creative with bailing wire and hung it on its side straight up and down. The bottom, inside and out cleaned up great but there is just no way to get a line of sight angle on those inside sides, so I am going to bolt an anode to a piece of wood so it hangs inside the kettle without touching or dropping. I will let you know how it goes. The first few videos I saw about using the electro tank on cast iron all used a 2 amp setting, so that is what I have used. I just saw a video where it looked like the guy used 40 amps. Have you ever used more than 2 amps?
Thanks for the info, pre 1920 would be great.

Doye Green
JUNE 2, 2014 AT 10:16 PM

I just cooked in the old ‘WAGNER’ in an arc # 8 that my grandfather born in 1878 passed down to me. It is the thinnest wall cast iron I have ever seen, much more so than my 1939 – 1944 Griswold. It has an outside heat ring and a raised straight line about 4″ long in the center of the bottom. Very thin and primitive looking.

Doye Green
JUNE 2, 2014 AT 10:16 PM

I just cooked in the old ‘WAGNER’ in an arc # 8 that my grandfather born in 1878 passed down to me. It is the thinnest wall cast iron I have ever seen, much more so than my 1939 – 1944 Griswold. It has an outside heat ring and a raised straight line about 4″ long in the center of the bottom. Very thin and primitive looking.

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:06 PM

Doye – That is great! They sure did make those versions thin. It is really cool to have a legacy from your Grandfather.
Thanks for coming by.

OCTOBER 31, 2013 AT 5:10 PM

My Mom has a Wagner Ware Sidney -0- patent pending lid to a Dutch oven I believe, she got it from my Grandmother it’s big we use it as a skillet. I would like to try and find a bottom to it and also can you tell me how to get all the gunk off the sides it does have a bit of build up.
Thank you!

NOVEMBER 1, 2013 AT 5:22 AM

Hi Crista, That’s very cool to have an heirloom piece like that. I want to make sure I know what you have there – you have the lid to a dutch oven but no dutch oven, right?
Based on that assumption, the easiest way to find a dutch oven to match the lid you have is to head to eBay and browse for a few days. They have a wide range quality and a huge selection.
As far as cleaning, it can be quite a process. I would recommend using oven cleaner to strip the gunk and grease off of the lid. Check out this post as a guide since you have to take some safety precautions when dealing with oven cleaner.

Elizabeth Wilson
NOVEMBER 7, 2013 AT 11:26 AM

I purchased a “corn cobb” pan at a thrift store for $6.50….bottom says “Wagner Junior” Pat. July, 1920, #1319….value? I cleaned and re-seasoned and it cooks perfect.

NOVEMBER 17, 2013 AT 3:47 PM

Hey Elizabeth, That sounds like a great little pan. I think you got a great deal there!
I just reviewed some similar items on eBay and it looks like a minimum of $20-25. If the condition is really excellent and it sounds like it is, then it could be closer to $40 or so.
It is tough to put a real accurate number on the value since there are some regional price differences. Also, this time of year around the holidays tends to make prices higher.
Thanks for the comment and let me know if you have any other questions.

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 AT 9:12 AM

I bought a Wagner Ware hammered nickel plated cast iron skillet at a tag sale for $6.00. It is a little over 10 inches. Appears in good condition…no rust. On the bottom it has Wagner Ware Sidney O HS 1058 on it. I assume I got a deal. Not sure how old it is though. Just curious.

NOVEMBER 17, 2013 AT 3:36 PM

Hey Kim – Great find! It sounds like one that I have, pretty much just like it too. I paid a lot more for mine too!
I can’t say for sure but that will be in the range of 1935 – 1959. Sorry I can’t narrow it down more but that’s what I figured out for my skillet. Hope that helps!

Hope Branham
NOVEMBER 17, 2013 AT 10:31 PM

I acquired my grandmother’s cast iron one skillet says 10 1/3 chicken fdyer. The other says ware sidney -0- round roaster. I have 2 that just have 5 H. ans tbe others need cleaned to read a y idea’s on how old?

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 AT 1:56 PM

Hi Hope! Thanks for coming by and that sounds like a really nice fryer. It is hard to pin point the age sometimes. But if you can tell me where on the bottom of the cookware the writing is located, it would help. Is it in the center, at the top, or at the bottom. I can say it is probably between 1924 – 1959. We might not be able to narrow it down much more but it sounds like there is some nice family history.
Hope that helps!

Laura S
NOVEMBER 23, 2013 AT 11:33 AM

Hi Sir, I bought an Wagner Ware, magnalite 4508-p at a garage sale! ( my mom bought a few pieces a 10-15 years back n was very excited and speaks of them allll the time) I was starting a family and getting the hang of cooking for hubby and kids so basic pots and pans where good enough! BUT 20 YEARS LATER I SPEND $5 on this pan and I LOVE IT!!!! (Hmm should of listened to mom back then)! My quick question is, how old is this frying pan? And I will be searching for more!

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 AT 2:05 PM

Hey Laura – That’s really cool. The Magnalite line is a special blend of aluminum alloy that Wagner produced. They look unique and clearly have a high level of durability! I am not as familiar with the Magnalite line but I know they were produced starting in the 1930s and the production ended in the early 1970s. So, either way you have a vintage piece there.
Hope that helps!

Connie Rìzzo-Turpin
NOVEMBER 24, 2013 AT 8:36 AM

I would love to share a picture of my 8″ Wagner Skillet that I use almost daily. It was given to me(or pasted down)by my father. There were 2 other larger sizes in the set. My bother got one and my father broke the Cardal Rule of Cast Iron and submerged a hot pan in cold water and it cracked in half. I love mine! Believe it or not, I have one(of a set of two-father has other)of a set of Cast Iron End Tables made by Wagner also. The tables and skillets all originally belonged to my great grandmother.

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 AT 1:51 PM

Hi Connie! That would be great and I would be honored to display the picture here! I will send you an email to get the picture. Thank you so much!

DECEMBER 4, 2013 AT 8:39 AM

Hi. I am new to buying antiques and primitives but I just love the stories behind them! I just bought a 12″ square griswald Wagner ware skillet at an auction for 12$ and I would love to know more about it! The Griswald name is in a cross with circles around it and Wagner ware appears on the edge in a rounded style lettering. Its about 2″ deep. I hope I don’t sound too “green” with my descriptions but its the best I can do. There is very little rust. What can u tell me? Thanks!!

JANUARY 9, 2014 AT 3:08 PM

Hey Sue! Thanks for stopping by!
Congratulations on finding some really nice pieces! That skillet was probably made between 1952 and 1969. Wagner bought Griswold in 1952 and some manufacturing was done by Wagner with some equipment from Griswold.
how do you like the skillet? Does the food taste better when you cook with it?
Thanks again, Sue. Come by again soon!

Amy Winn
DECEMBER 24, 2013 AT 3:16 PM

I inherited a Wagner Ware 9″ chef skillet 1386B from my mother-in-law back in the 1960s; however I have no idea where or when she acquired it. It’s my favorite skillet and I use it almost daily. My favorite feature (besides the smooth interior, of course) is the thumb depression in the handle and the wonderful control and balance it imparts. Do you have any idea of the vintage of the 1386B?

JANUARY 9, 2014 AT 3:12 PM

See the 10.5 inch Lodge L8SGP3 Cast Iron Square Grill Pan at AmazonHi There Amy! That sounds like a great skillet and I like to hear that it was a family heirloom. Very cool!
It’s pretty hard to tell the exact manufacturing date but we can narrow it down to a range. Can you tell me what the logo looks like?
Amy Winn
JANUARY 9, 2014 AT 4:22 PM

Thanks, Billy. The logo on my skillet looks like the one in the 2nd photo above but the skillet does not have the decorated look on the outer side of the skillet. (I would attach a photo, but don’t see a way to do it.) The word Wagner is curved and the rest of the wording is straight. The initial single large W stands for both words in the name.

JANUARY 7, 2014 AT 11:16 PM

What year was the Wagner Ware Sidney -0- #8 1058B skillet manufactured.

JANUARY 9, 2014 AT 3:17 PM

Hey James – I have the same skillet. It’s my favorite skillet.
I think it is in the 1924 – 1959 range. It’s tough to narrow it down more than that.
How did you acquire the skillet?
Thanks for stopping by!

JANUARY 11, 2014 AT 6:47 PM

Does the Wagner Ware Sidney O #9 1059E fall into that same era as James’ 1058? I ran across one today that was raw cast iron similar to your photo.

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:08 PM

Hi There Mike, Yes, I think so. Especially if yours looks like my picture with the raw cast iron.

JANUARY 18, 2014 AT 7:23 AM

I picked it up at a flea market for $10.oo. I do a lot of out-door camping and other activities with the family.
I just got into collecting vantage Cast iron as a hobby.

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:17 PM

Hey James. That’s really cool and a great deal!
This vintage stuff is fun to collect and search for. I saw some really nice pieces over the weekend at a garage sale that I randomly saw.

JANUARY 14, 2014 AT 8:57 AM

How is the new Wagner cast iron skillets you can get from American Culinary. Quality? Smooth cooking surface?

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:19 PM

Hey Shaun, I haven’t been able to check them out closely yet. It looks like they are smoother than Lodge Cast Iron.
But I don’t think they are as smooth as the old stuff pre-1960.
Let me know if you do get some and what you think of them.

JANUARY 20, 2014 AT 9:17 AM

Hi, I have had for some time an 11 3/4″ skillet, can’t find any like it on web searches.
Markings on the bottom have the fancy W starting both words “wagner ware”. There is no other marking at the top, though, no sidney O like most of the others have. At the bottom it says in all caps, “11 3/4 INCH SKILLET” then underneath that “MADE IN USA” and at the very bottom a small character it’s in pretty rough shape but it looks like A or maybe 4.
Do you have any idea the origins of this, or where I could look for more information? Thanks!

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:23 PM

Hey Traci, that’s really cool! I haven’t seen many of those either.
Where did you get it? Just curious…
So, it looks like it will be post 1960…before 1960, the manufacturers didn’t really put anything about being made in the USA since everything used to be made in the USA.

Jennifer Highsmith
JANUARY 26, 2014 AT 6:45 PM

We just purchased a Wagner fat free fryer and I was hoping you could give us some insight into the possible age. It has the Wagner Ware Sidney logo toward the top with the fancy W, fat free fryer in the center, pat app’ld for and the number 1102 underneath that. It is about 12 inches across, about an inch deep, and has the thumb depression on the handle. It has a swirled finish on the cooking surface, which I’ve never seen on cast iron. Is this part of the design?
Thanks for any info, and great site! I’ve learned a lot.

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:42 PM

Hey Jennifer! That sounds like a really cool piece. I think the swirled pattern may be some sanding or grinding probably from the original workings. It is pretty faint or distinct?
I think you have a nice piece from the early 1920s to the mid 1930s, roughly. Probably 1922 – 1934. Very cool!
Where did you find it?

Jennifer Highsmith
JULY 25, 2014 AT 8:34 PM

Thank you for the , Billy. The pattern on it is very distinct. It looks original to the piece. We live in the Sierra foothills in California, and there is a little small town cafe near us that sells old cast iron (the owners ex husband travels the states and collects them) We try to go there a couple of times a year to check out if they have any uncommon pieces (we recently purchased a waffler). I use our pieces nearly every day. They are superior to anything on the market today. I also have some of my grandmother’s pieces as well. My grandpa taught me all about the use and care of cast iron from the time I was a little girl. I love it!!

JANUARY 30, 2014 AT 5:31 PM

I have 3 skillets;large,medium,small the medium one has number 1056 N on the bottom.Do they last forever? Is it vintage, and what is the value? It is marked on the bottom with Wagner Ware Sidney. Very exciting because I thought of throwing them away! greetings from Holland,Beatrijs Kuyck

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:45 PM

Hey Kuyck – Great set up you have there.
They just about do last forever if you take care of them. Keep them seasoned and don’t drop them.
They are vintage but it’s hard to tell the exact age – probably in the 1920 – 1959 range though.
The value depends on the condition but it could range from about $15 per skillet to over $200 per skillet. Most likely, each one is probably worth about $35-75 USD.
Thanks for coming by – I’m a big fan of the beers in your area of the world! Cheers!

Bonnie Sims
FEBRUARY 8, 2014 AT 11:22 PM

I have a square piece divided into three sections; two small, equally divided at one end, and a third, wider, reaching from side to side. The back has ‘bacon and egg skillet’ cast in along with the Wagner Ware O logo and PAT. PENDING. I grew up using cast iron cookware–my father owned the first foundry in north Alabama– but I’ve never seen anything like this.
Any information would be most appreciated.

JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:51 PM

Hey Bonnie – That’s a great piece you have there. I’ve heard of the bacon & egg skillet before and only seen a couple of them.
That’s cool about your dad having the 1st foundry in N. Alabama. They have a lot of metal trade in Alabama…
I think you have a piece from the early 1920s to the mid 1930s, roughly. Probably 1924 – 1935… It’s quite hard to pinpoint exactly but I think that is pretty close.

Mary Rogers
FEBRUARY 14, 2014 AT 9:24 PM

We had a good Wagner 1891 skillet and the whole handle just snapped off with a little of the side of skillet, Is there anyway to get a replacement? We loved this skillet!!!

JULY 27, 2014 AT 9:37 AM

Hey Mary – Oh no! Sorry to hear that. What a bummer.
So, the bad news is that you can’t do much about that. The good news is that the “Wagner 1891″ Skillet that you had was a “throw back” manufacturing run in 1991.
It was not an antique or particularly valuable.
Have you been able to replace it yet?

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 AT 7:24 PM

I have a Wagner Ware skillet, 8″. On the bottom it has the Wagner Ware Sydney logo on the bottom with the “0″. There is also stamp that reads 1058 L on the bottom. This skillet belonged to my other and her mother before that. Ant thoughts on this piece?

JULY 27, 2014 AT 9:55 AM

Hey Mark –
That’s a nice one. I have a 1058 as well.
The “O” stands for Ohio. It’s probably from the 1920s to 1935 or so. It’s a little hard to tell.
Where on the bottom does the logo appear?

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