History of Wagner Cast Iron

Wagner Hollow Ware Company (Pre Wagner Manufacturing Company)

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The official start of the Wagner Manufacturing Company was in 1891 and you can see the centennial commemoration of this in the 1991 version of the cast iron frying pan.  However, the Wagner brothers, Bernard and Milton,  actually started making metal castings of light hardware for general stores back in 1881.

In addition, the brothers manufactured tin hollowware for government contracts. Tin hollowware is describing general tableware like sugar bowls, tea or coffee pots, soup containers, hot food covers, water pitchers, platters, butter plates and other metal items that went with the dishware on a table.

Vintage-Wagner-Cast-Iron-SkilletsHollowware does not include flatware.  Bernard and Milton Wagner are credited as the first to cast iron for cookware in Sidney, Ohio. WagnerWare was born.

(A short footnote about the Centennial Commemoration of the 1991 version of the skillet, The Wagner’s 1891 Original Cast Iron Skillet – though it stated “Original,” along with a date, this line of cookware was manufactured in 1991 through the late 1990s.  You can tell the quality difference pretty much immediately. modemac over at Cast Iron Chaos has some additional details also.)

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This is the start of the Wagner cast iron dynasty as we are familiar with it. Two other brothers, William and Louis, were added to the mix in 1891 which triggered the beginning of WagnerWare cast iron cookware.  With the momentum of population growth and expansion, the Wagner brothers had a market ripe for growth and built the most modern and technologically advanced manufacturing facility for casting iron at the time.  Wagner Manufacturing was able to produce world-class cookware, rivaling and later surpassing the other powerhouse in the cast iron cookware arena, Griswold.  WagnerWare Cookware was awarded in several nations as well as some international expositions, including but not limited to expositions in Chicago, Nashville, Paris, Buffalo, and St. Louis.

Cast Iron Skillet, WagnerWare Size #3 Used for Serving

Uniting Wagner and Griswold

In some circles, this is stated as “Wagner acquiring Griswold” but it is not that simple.  The real story is slightly more complicated and is quite common when small family operated business grow into large corporations.

Griswold Dutch Oven at the New Mexico History Museum in the Cowboy Exhibit


Companies are bought and sold, consolidated and dismantled, and the cast iron cookware business is no different.  The Randall Corporation purchased Wagner Manufacturing in 1952. McGraw Edison Inc. bought Griswold on March 29, 1957, and then sold it in December 1957 to Randall who already owned Wagner.

Griswold Dutch Oven at the New Mexico History Museum in the Cowboy Exhibit

Beginning of the End

Effectively, the Griswold manufacturing plant in Erie, Pennsylvania was shut down in 1957 and any Griswold cookware made after this period was out of the Wagner Manufacturing Sidney, Ohio plant.  This was the beginning of the end of the high-quality cookware that both, Griswold and Wagner, were known for.

Well, that might be a little bit harsh but most experts do agree that the quality started to decline in quality at this point.  In 1959, the final nail in the coffin came when Randall sold off Griswold and Wagner to Textron.

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It is widely accepted that post-1960 Griswold and Wagner cookware is not in the same collectible class as the pre-1960 cookware.  General Housewares Corp. bought Textron Inc. in 1969 and that included the Griswold and Wagner cast iron cookware lines.

One could argue that those cast iron skillets, dutch ovens, and griddles that were made after the merger and acquisitions are better than the ones made after 1990 or so, and that probably not far from the truth.

However, if you compare a modern day, Made in China, cast iron skillet to 1970, Made in the USA WagnerWare cast iron skillet, to a 1920 Griswold or Wagner cast iron skillet, the difference will be clear.  An interesting note is that cookware that declares it was Made in the USA are typically not considered collectible pieces.

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Modern Era

In 1996, a group of investors, which included a former employee of Wagner, purchased the Wagner and Griswold cookware lines.  This was known as the WagnerWare Corporation.

They continued manufacturing for another 3 years before closing their doors in Sidney in 1999.  In 2000, the American Culinary Corporation purchased the rights, legacy, and remaining facilities of the Wagner and Griswold lines.

The former employee noted above is Peter Pike and is the President/CEO of the American Culinary Corporation.  It is clear that Mr. Pike is dedicated to the legacy and quality of the Wagner and Griswold names.

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Are you interested in buying vintage cast iron?

Please check out my post on how I acquired my first piece of Wagner Cast Iron.  It might be a different scenario than you think!

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Reference: http://www.americanculinarycorp.com/

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Here are some comments from our old blog:


SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 AT 8:23 AM

Why is that Wagner 1058 Skillet silver on the outside? (the top picture) It is one of the aluminum skillets? J

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 AT 1:23 PM

Hi James,
It isn’t aluminum but is just the raw cast iron. It was actually covered, and I mean covered, with black, gunk-y, cracked seasoning. So I had no idea that the hammered finish was there. After a few hours with some oven cleaner the beautiful, hammered finish was exposed.
Thanks for the question.

ron Smith
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 AT 7:12 PM

How much is a Wagner Ware 1060 A worth?

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 AT 5:02 PM

how much is a fat free fryer worth 12 or 121/2 inch with ridges.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AT 10:22 AM

It depends a lot on the condition but it could be from $50 – $170++. Check out eBay periodically to get a good idea. Also, is that one of the deep versions?

diane legendre
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AT 8:45 PM

is more like 11 inchs. is 2 inchs deep. good condition. does wagner make lids. would like to buy a lid.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AT 6:26 PM

See the 3.2 Quart Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker at AmazonHi Diane! Thanks for stopping by here again.
I think you could have a nice piece on your hands! What are the markings on the bottom? Can you tell me the labeling and lettering? Wagner does have lids and you’d have to watch eBay for a week or two to find the right one for you. The prices range from about $9 – over $50. Let me know if you need help locating a suitable lid.

diane legendre
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AT 8:54 PM

says 11 3/8 is the size and 2 inchs deep. does wagner make lids?

diane legendre
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AT 11:39 PM

i have my mothers corn bread pan, wagner c heavy. beleive from 1950′s any information about it.

diane legendre
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AT 11:53 PM

what is older wagner ware or wagner. i have a wagner fat free fryer and corn bread pan. think the corn bread pan c is from the 1950′s

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AT 6:32 PM

Hey Diane! Nice to see you back here. Can you tell me what is written on the bottom of the cornbread pan? That’s super cool that you have it. What is your standard cornbread recipe?

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 AT 8:13 PM

My dad has a Wagner 1891 original cast iron tea pot that is rustled or deteriorated inside Frm yrs of keeping water in it on their wood burning stove. Is it possible to clean the inside and is it of any value?

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AT 6:46 PM

Hi Margaret! Thanks for coming by.
Well, you can clean the inside but it will definitely take some work. Review some of the processes here. There’s another step after the oven cleaner sessions where you treat the rusted area with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. The acid of the vinegar helps to remove the rust.
However, the kettle might not be a “collectible” though it will probably hold some sentimental value. So, in the 1990s the company that owned the Wagner name started to make “The Wagner’s 1891 Original Cast Iron” series in commemoration of the original cast iron company. The bottom line is that if the tea pot says “1891 Original” then, against logic, the cast iron piece is probably only about 20 years old. Anyway, let me know about what the bottom of the tea pot says.

JULY 13, 2014 AT 8:22 PM

I inherited my grandmothers deep skillet which looks just like the one at the top of this site. However when trying to clean it up and put in the oven to season it the sheen turned to a thick glue like substance. I’ve no idea how to clean it. It doesn’t scrape out easily at all

OCTOBER 3, 2013 AT 12:33 AM

I’ve always favored cast iron, and particularly Wagner or Griswold because they had smooth finishes to cook on. Easier to care for too. The “L” word while they have a fine line-up are too rough. I miss the craftsmanship. Thanks for a great site. Now to find steel skillets.

OCTOBER 7, 2013 AT 12:01 PM

Hi Greg, Thanks for coming by… You have precisely described the way I found Wagner and Griswold. I had a small set of Lodge cookware that I assembled over the last few years and they were just so rough. I eventually sanded down the interior of the pans and skillets to smooth them out. It’s remarkable how nice the Lodge pans are after sanded them. You got it right – a craftsman used to sand each one of the pieces of cookware down. The difference is really something.
What’s your prize piece of cast iron cookware?

OCTOBER 3, 2013 AT 12:40 AM

Margaret’s cleaning question reminded me of something I did 20 years ago. I had a dutch oven that was seriously deteriorated with thick rust to boot. I worked at a place that had a shot peening machine. I put the oven in it and in minutes shot peening cleaned the oven to bare clean metal ready for a wash and seasoning. I tried for 2 days to clean it before that. We still use it to this day.

Jill Moncilovich
OCTOBER 7, 2013 AT 11:05 AM

Looking for a polished inside cast iron skillet that has handle with opposing loop on other side. My first one 10 to 10 1/8 inches was a Wagner and was stolen! Ugh. I like the ease of two hand pick up with the loop. Know where I could find one. I still have the lid from my old one, but if one is available with lid – I could always use an extra lid.

OCTOBER 7, 2013 AT 12:09 PM

Hi Jill – Oh, no. Sorry to hear about the theft.
eBay is the place to go for vintage cast iron since eBay is kind of like a consolidation of all the garage & estate sales across the country. There is a huge range of prices and quality. Try a search like “wagner 10 inch skillet” or “wagner #8 skillet” and you should have 10 or more results. Monitor for a couple weeks and if you’re savvy, you can set up an email alert to send you a message when new items are listed that meet your criteria.
Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

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62 comments… add one
  • Victoria

    I would like to know how old my dutch oven with lid are. At the 12 noon position on bottom is WAGNER and below that is
    SIDNEY – OHIO – USA and all encircled in an oval. On the bottom. 6 pm position, it says 5 QT./4.7 LTR. and below that is B 2 – 98. There is no raised circle around the bottom. How old might it be?

    • Patrick

      America introduced metrics after “Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 “to coordinate and plan the increasing use of the metric system in the United States”. Voluntary conversion was initiated, and the United States Metric Board (USMB) was established…” (wiki “metrification”) disbanded after 1982.

      So, when I see dual capacity labels, I infer a early date of about 1975 to 1982. Pictures are a real need, here. cast lid, or glass with a clear glass knob? Wire Bail? and more questions…
      I suspect the “B2 – 98” might refer to a mold # plus, a patent date, first date of manufacture, of that item, not necessarily the date of your example, or Catalog Item Number.

      But, I defer to the “experts”, if any are present.

  • Lori Arnold

    I searched everywhere to find out if a small aluminum coated (chromed?) skillet (4″) is really a Wagner. It has “WAGNER” imprinted on the bottom. It does not look like any I have seen.

  • Linda

    I have a Griswold number 7 cast iron fry pan with Erie, Pa, USA 701 C. It looks like it was covered with this shiny silver on the whole pan but on the inside, it looks like it has worn off in certain areas. Is it safe to still cook with this pan? I need to re-season it. Do I use the same method as used for the other cast iron skillets? I haven’t seen this type of finish before. Thanks.

  • Linda

    I have another question. I have some old cast iron skillets from my mother and they have a buildup on the outside of them. In reading, some have said to put them thru a self cleaning oven cycle and this buildup will turn to powder. Is this the correct way to clean these skillets up? They look like they have like a black shiny finish and it is worn off in the center of the inside and around the edges. Is that buildup or was it coated with something in shiny black?
    They are also Griswold skillets. Thanks for you help.

  • Glenn Rogers

    Hello…..My son is interested in metallurgy and knife making. So it doesn’t surprise me that he asked me to buy him a cast iron skillet. I went to our local used store/community service store and bought a used Wagner #10 skillet.
    Reading the above notes you have here, I assume that it is likely a modern skillet with the “Made in the USA” on the bottom, “Wagner Ware” and “11 3/4 inch skillet.
    I did not buy as a collectible, but rather as a skillet that he plans to use daily or routinely.
    The skillet appears to be in excellent condition. IT has the typical dark, seasoned finish with no rust at all.
    Question: What is the age of this skillet and what care/maintenance should be done to keep it in tiptop condition for routine use.
    Cheers….Glenn Rogers

    • Doug @ The Kitchen Professor

      Hey Glenn, that’s a great skillet for your son! Great find.
      It is probably from the ’50s or ’60s. As you mention, the “Made in the USA” is the sign we need to say that.

      Use the skillet often with oil & grease. Avoid using soap if you can avoid it. I like to use a Lodge plastic scrubber or a green 3M scrubby. Dry it right away and don’t let it soak in water. Once it is dry, lightly coat it in oil and wipe away all excess oil.

      Tell your son “congrats” – That’s a great skillet!

      • Lance

        Do not oil cold cast iron. It should be seasoned EVERY TIME YOU USE IT. After it is clean and dry, heat it on a medium-low flame or 2-3 on an electric burner. Every 30 seconds, “pinch” the rim to see if it is a bit too hot to touch. When it is just hot, turn off the flame or move it off the electric burner, add a tablespoon of oil, wipe that around the bottom and asides with a cloth. Wait 10 minutes and wipe again.

  • Carol

    I have a old 4 qt ice tea picture made by wagner ware early 1900.I cant find none on any sites.It some kind heavy metal. If you know what it is pleae let me know

  • Sherree

    Hi, I have a Wagner Sidney O waffle iron, with the Pat’n of Feb. 22, 1910, is that the date it was made?

  • CJ

    Thanks for all the posting info. There’s a wonderful shiny smooth frying pan I wouldn’t trade
    for anything! It’s a sweet 8″ WagnerWare, sidney -0- (at 12 o’clock) and 1056 F (at 6 0′
    clock) Your postings fostered my curiosity as to it’s age. No matter, tho, it’s NOT for sale !!!
    I do have some Lodge pieces and they’re okay, … no complaints …. the WagnerWare cooks
    tastier food !!! :)

  • Teresa

    When my mothers passed away I collected her cast iron pans. Now that I am cleaning them I have 3 that say Wagner ware. The largest is a 13 1/2 in skillet that says made in USA. The smallest is 6.5 inches and has pour lips on each side. It also has 1053 N on the bottom. The third piece is a flat grill (?) or lid approx 12 inches with 1109 Bon bottom. The 2 smaller pans do not say made in USA. Any info you could provide would be great. Thanks!!

  • andy cappellano

    I hope you can help me. I have some Lodge pans and I use them all the time. I just cond my brother into giving me this pan and I would like to know how old and the worth. It’s not black like my other pans.it’s silver. It says Wagner
    Are sidney -o- at the top and 1058B at the bottom . Also a #8 on the handle

  • Nancy

    My Husband recently brought home & gave to me a large semi U shaped skillet, that I immediately recognized as a possible Omelet Skillet (never used one, but it wasn’t a stretch to figure out it’s possible use)! It needs a good cleaning, but I can read the Engraving that’s on the underside of both sides! It’s Engraved as;
    – O. –
    ….and at the bottom center;
    …..plus it has Wooden Handles w/ Metal Rings at the end of each Handle, obviously for hanging it up by the Stove or Fireplace, that appear in good condition! I’m wondering, based on the Info I’ve given & laid out, would you be able to give me a general idea of it’s possible age or time frame of use? I do have Pictures, but not sure how to include them w/ my Comment/Question! Thanks for your help, & look forward to your answer soon!

  • Lenore

    I need the bottom piece to a Wagner Ware lid 1081A. Will a 1088A fit that lid?

  • Bonnie

    I’m just going through some old pots and pans and came across my grandmothers 5 qt. Dutch a Oven with glass lid. It says “wagoners 1891 original 5 qt.” with seasoning directions on the bottom. I’m guessing it’s at least 40-50 years old since my grandmother passed away 32 years ago. Any ideas on worth? Should I hang on to it???

    • Dick

      Hi, I just read an article that stated the Wagner 1891s were manufactured from 1991 to 1999. I have two of those, a skillet and a chicken fryer..

      • Doug @ The Kitchen Professor

        Hey Dick, that’s right. It was a revival in the 90s.

    • Elizabeth

      Hi, I seem to have a 5qt like yours (lid missing) with seasoning instructions on the bottom. Can you tell me what the instructions say? I am unable to make out all of what is stamped on mine.

  • Mary

    I came across this tiny little cast iron skillet and while cleaning a logo appeared on bottom can only make out part of it. Words in a circle bottom portion reads international cast iron there is a design in the middle kinda like a fluer de li with some other markings above it. Tried to look it up but to no avail. Would like to know the history of any can you help identify.

  • Justin

    I have a skillet, 10.5″ with only a B on the bottom. No marks on the handle (blank) made in USA. Stamped 1891 Original [Cast Iron Cookware]. With ‘Seasoning Instructions’ 1 thru 4. Last stamp says “Ready for use – Reseason as necessary”. Any idea of of its age? Yes it has 2 pouring lips.
    Take care.

  • Leroy

    Just yesterday, 8/26, a friend of mine gave me a Wagner cast iron skillet. If it is of value, I would like to return it to him. I’m simply looking for an older skillet for baking cornbread.
    It has WAGNER (all caps) on the bottom, and what appears to be II (perhaps eleven) also on the bottom near the handle. There is no rise on the handle where the thumb would rest while holding the pan.
    Thank you in advance for any information you may provide.

  • rina magdalene

    my boss required DD 1056 last year and came across a business that has a ton of fillable forms . If people have been needing DD 1056 too , here’s a http://goo.gl/zCjbRg.

  • joan grandell

    i have a high logo wagner ware sidney with 8H at the bottom. what is the meaning of the 8 and the meaning of the H. also, i have seen other alphabetic letters, what do they mean. what is a heat ring.

  • Peggy Hutchinson

    I received a complete set of MagnaLite Wagner Ware as a wedding present in November 1954. That is still used everyday.

  • Patsy Owen

    I have a small Wagner Ware Sidney 0 #2 skillet. I wonder how much it is worth?

  • bradley k wisecarver

    i have a wagner ware -0- it sez 1400 on bottom of skillet and inside of lid and i know it to be more than 50yrs old. could someone date this and give me a value? it is in excellent shape and was used. it says chicken fryer on the bottom of it. it belonged to my grandmother and she died in the late 70’s. am interested if anybody could give me any information, ty.

  • Martha

    I am thinking about purchasing a cast iron skillet that on the bottom only has “SIDNEY” across the middle and below at the bottom the number 10. It also has a heat ring. Is there a way to know if this is indeed a Wagner? Any idea of date of manufacture? Is it collectible? It appears to be in good shape. The seller claims it is a Wagner from 1910-1920. Thanks

  • David Huddle

    I have my great aunts skillet. I’m trying to figure out what year it was made. It is 11 inches wide. It says “Wagner” in an arch with “Sidney,” on a straight line underneath and “O” underneath that. At the 6 o’clock position it says “9D” with the 9 being twice as large as the D. There is a solid ring all around the bottom. There are no other markings. Thanks for your help.

  • doug


  • I just picked up a roaster pan with cover and a insert for the bottom of the pan. It has Wagner (it is arched) ware is underneath Sidney – O – is under that and the number 4255-M on the bottom. I am not sure what material it is so could you tell me how to clean it . It needs a good cleaning also can it be used outside on a fire pit? Thanking you in advance.

    • Sorry I was wrong it says 4265 – M – you can see the number more clearly on the insert. Also not sure about old things but I am assuming this is old. Or maybe worth something.

  • Alexandria Lane

    Hi, just wondering the age of an 8 inch cast iron pan that I found in my back yard in the ground. I scrubbed it out and has some rust and corrosion going on. I rubbed canola oil all over and it reads Wagner with the curved w at the top with Sidney and o. The number 8 is on the handle and the bottom is flat. Please let me know anything about the age and value. I am looking at how to clean it up to restore possibly. Thanks for any input. Alexandria

  • I’m collecting W.W.S.-O- w/thumb rest, excluding the 1891’s.befor the 1891’s was everything with a thumb rest consider a set.If so what did the set consist of.Thank you?

  • What does the thumb rest set consist of, excluding the 1891,a

  • barbara

    A bit of nostalgia came over me tonight as I finished cleaning up after our Sunday evening family dinner. The last piece of cookware to get cleaned is usually a large what we refer to as a roaster pan with a heavy domed lid. I have always felt fortunate to have this “roaster” in my pots and pans cupboard for no other reason except that somehow I ended up with it from my mother. There were two of these such roasters, the other one having disappeared somewhere along the way. At no other time other than this evening did I ever think of the value of this piece other than it is a great source for cooking wonderful roasts and gravies and sauces. And, I know my piece has had no where the care as described above, so naturally the finish both inside and outside is questionable at best. However, the end result is still wonderful. The inside is several colors of grey, the outside is a patch work of burned on bronze. I have no real interest in its origin and have no need to add any further cookware to my inventory, but this piece is one I rely on when I expect a recipe to turn out good. Just thought I’d take the time to let your company know of a satisfied customer from a long time ago. The number under the name and Sidney O is 4267 – M. After reading the stories of other very satisfied owners of Wagner magnalite products, I think it very interesting to follow the history and legacy of those people involved. It is great to read such nice stories.

  • careforapint

    I have two Wagner pans (one 12″ and one 14″?) that were hand-me-downs from family. We used to have a gas stove and the pans performed beautifully! However, we’ve had to move and now have an induction stove top (cannot get gas in our neighborhood). Because these pans are both slightly warped, they cannot make a good connection with the induction surface and therefore don’t heat properly or evenly. Plus they tend to “spin”, even with a paper towel underneath (yup, you can cook on paper towels – that’s the incredible thing about induction!)

    Can these pans be flattened? I’m concerned about grinding metal away because I don’t want to get any thin spots. I can’t imagine if they can be hammered… wouldn’t they crack?

    Anyone have any luck with flattening? I’d hate to part with these pans as they have “history”.

    Thank you.

  • Haley

    Hello I am selling a cast iron Cauldron from late 1800 the imprint on bottom is 8/4. 3 legs with handle do you know actual value?

  • Gracie

    I just went to a little festival called Oro Grande Days, In Oro Grande C.A. I bought a 10 1/2 inch skillet in an antique shop. It was way way rusty but, I’m gonna get it back in shape.
    What I wanna know is, how can I find out when it was made ?

  • You wouldn’t believe the cast iron cookware I’ve found in the ‘Gar-Bage over the last 40 or so years. Wagner, Lodge, a d lots of foreign stuff that I probably should have scrapped. My most treasured find was a Wagner #10 (1060-A) which I still use every day. Believe it or not someone heated roofing tar in it. That person should have been scourged. It took me some effort to remove it along with a thick crusty layer underneath. These days she’s as smooth as glass. I find things on eBay all the time but there’s always some​ mental case who bids 10 seconds before time expires. I’ve lost lots of good pans like that. My main question is concerning a Lodge 20″ Hotel skillet. I understand that Lodge discontinued that pan in 2000. That monster covers all four burners of a residential stove. What would one be worth in very good condition? I had one in 1982 but it was stolen from me. I have taken a vow that I will own one again before I die! I would appreciate your feedback and opinion, thank you, Phil.?.

  • James Anderson

    I have a cast iron skillet with the number 8 incised on the handle. It also has the word Wagner on the top of the handle period I would like to know where this came from and who manufactured it period I have not been able to find any information on it at all period and it’s the only one I’ve ever seen like this. Thanks

  • Trying to find out how old my egg and bacon skillet is? Wagner ware O 1101c

  • Renate McGovern

    Hello this is very interesting reading all of it. I just looked at the bottom of my old pan it says Wagner and has a x close to the end and a 10 on top, guess for inside inches, bottom shows 11 3/4, i love it

  • Thomas Hart

    I have a 10 inch cast iron skillet. It has the word “SIDNEY” in quotation marks in an arc along one edge of the bottom and the mark 8 A opposite the “SIDNEY” mark. It also has a heat ring around the bottom edge. I am thinking that it was made around 1890. Can anyone give any more definitive information? The skillet is smooth and in very good condition.

  • Pam

    I have a square Wagner Sidney -O- 1218, 9.5″ skillet. Would love to have a lid. Did they even have lids for their square skillets?

  • Thomas Paschal

    I have a Wagner skillet with the Big W for Wager and the
    wagner is arched over Ware. Sidney and and O. This is at the top center. Bottom center is 1088 D

    Bottom is totally flat and the sided are straight. Pan is about 3 inches deep I think it is from the 1920’s Is that look correct?

  • Deborah Merrifield

    I just bought a vintage (my first one) unmarked cast iron 5 quart “made in USA” Dutch oven that looks like a Wagner unmarked one I saw on eBay. It has an “H” on the bottom. Can you tell me what the H stands for and what I might have (lid missing).

  • roger yeager

    have a wagner 1172 scotch pot in great condition. anyone know anything about them? cant find anything on them anywhere.

  • mark robertson


    I need some help with a Wagner logo that I purchased.
    When I saw the lid, “a Wagner ware no.9 drip drop roaster”, I knew it was an old one. It had a pan with it.
    Only after having it for a few days I realized the pan was a different era. After a long if research, it turned out the pan is a scotch bowl from the 1890’s.
    Here is my dilemma. Every one I have seen has the Wagner Sidney “O” logo with a pan size number.
    This one has the ‘Wagner” logo at 12 o’clock around the edge, and the “Siidney” logo at 6 o’clock on the very bottom. There is no “O”, and no Pan size number.
    Both the’Wagner and Sidney arc in opposite directions.
    Any help about this logo would be great. I have not seen it on any other piece I’ve looked at.

  • ed mues

    I have a “Wagner’s 1891 Original Cast Iron, Seasoning Instructions 1-4, A, 11 3/4 inch skillet made in U.S.A.. What does the “A” signify?

  • Sven Laamann

    Do you know anyone that is an expert on the collecting side? I have what I believe is a cast iron cheese press marked “LITTLE GEM no.2” on both sides. I’m not sure who makes it or really anything about it. I can’t find an example of it anywhere which leads me to believe it’s extremely rare. Any help would be appreciated.


  • raphael johnson

    I have a 12 inch wagner 1891 original chicken fryer I broke the glass lid where can I get one

  • greg

    looking for a glass lid for a 10 1/2″ skillet/pot. It was all glass, anybody have one?

  • arnold keeping

    Hi Do you sell any cast iron bread pans. Please E Mail me back to let me know. Thanks

  • Gerry

    My Great Aunt gave me her skillet in 1955 when I married. The Wagner is in “s. Under it is Sidney. Under Sidney is an O. The size is 7A. Any information would be great.

  • wanda s artrip

    I have Wagner skillets that have Sydney on them. They were my moms. she died 2009 age 94 and had these pans all my life.

    • wanda s artrip

      I just wondered about what year they were made

  • Sur

    I am a decendent of the Wagner family. I recently started collecting more of the older pieces for our family legacy. I was wondering, I have found a dutch oven that had both Wagnerware and Griswold printed on the bottom. I was wondering about the story behind it and when it might have been made? Can not find any family history on it in our family book.

    • Bill

      Hi Sur! That’s so awesome about your Wagner Ware/Griswold cast iron dutch oven. I did a little research and actually found out that some cast iron wear with dual logos was produced briefly after the company that owned Wagner Ware bought out the Griswold company. Although they are not often up for sale, I did find out that, sadly, the dual logo does not increase their rarity or their value. If you’d like to read more, click here for some information: http://www.castironcollector.com/noncollectible.php.

      Also, there’s a great post on our website comparing Wagner Ware with Griswold cast iron. Click here if you’d like to learn more: https://thekitchenprofessor.com/blog/cast-iron/wagner-versus-griswold-cast-iron

      Thanks for sharing your story, and keep enjoying your family’s pieces!

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