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History of Wagner Cast Iron



Can’t get enough of your Wagner cast iron cookware? Check out this history of Wagner cast iron to understand why they are among the best collectibles on the market.

The Wagner cast iron ware ranks among the top rated of the 19th and 20th centuries. The ware is known for its durability and exceptional functionality, explaining why it’s a popular collectible.

Nonetheless, to fully appreciate Wagner cast iron and to understand why they stand out, it’s essential to learn more about the history of Wagner cast iron.

Check out these exhaustive facts about the Wagner cast iron history.

Humble Beginnings

Wagner Manufacturing plant in Sidney, Ohio,1913
Wagner Manufacturing plant in Sidney, Ohio,1913

The Wagner Hollow Ware Company was officially launched in 1891, evident in its Centennial commemoration with the 1991 version of the Wagner cast iron frying pan. Originally, the Wagner Company was founded by the Wagner brothers, Bernard and Milton.

In fact, the Wagner Brothers are credited as the first manufacturers of cast iron in Sidney, Ohio. Yet, the brothers started to manufacture metal castings of light hardware for general stores a decade earlier, in 1881.

As the company got into the full swing of its operations, two extra brothers, William and Louis, joined the company. In 1891, the company primarily produced cast iron cookware.

Products included skillets, kettles, Dutch ovens, griddles, cornbread pans, and muffin pans, to mention a few.

Additionally, the Wagner Company produced a select range of aluminum cookware. The Wagner Company was the very first in America to produce aluminum cookware.

Amongst the first cookware manufacturers in Ohio, the WagnerWare cast iron cookware company grew exponentially with the population growth and expansion momentum of the time.

This made it easier for the manufacturer to build and transition to the most modern and technologically advanced manufacturing facility for casting iron at the time. WagnerWare was even able to surpass rivaling world-class cast iron cookware manufacturers, like Griswold.

This was evident in the numerous awards the manufacturer received in the preceding years, including from locations, such as Chicago, Nashville, Paris, Buffalo, and St. Louis.

The Wagner Company – The Largest American Manufacturer of Cast Iron Ware in the 20th Century

Wagner Salesman in 1910
Wagner Salesman in 1910

By the early 20th century, the Wagner Company’s sales had grown significantly, extending its sales across America and Europe. The mid-20th century saw a shift in the Wagner Company.

Yet, this didn’t necessarily mean a decline in production, quality, or popularity. Instead, the company simply grew, uniting the WagnerWare Company with fellow rivals 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 a small family-operated business grows into a large corporation.

Well, this is exactly what happened.

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 Wagner’s long-term competitor, Griswold, on March 29, 1957, and then sold it in December 1957 to Randall who already owned Wagner.

Due to the two World wars, the Great Depression, and an increase in low-priced cookware imports from Asia, the Wagner Company struggled financially. This led to the brothers selling their interests in the company to the Randall Company in 1952.

The Wagner-Griswold Acquisition Era

bottom of cast iron pan says 3 Griswold Erie 709B

Originally, the Griswold manufacturing plant was based in Erie, Pennsylvania.

But, after its initial acquisition in 1957, production in this plant was permanently halted and the plant was shut down. This doesn’t mean that the Griswold plant didn’t continue to produce cookware.

Instead, Griswold cookware made after this period was produced at the Wagner Manufacturing plant in Sidney, Ohio. However, many experts argue that it was during this time that Griswold and Wagner began to lose the quality they were so popularly known for.

More Acquisitions

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

In 1957, Wagner and Griswold were purchased by an even bigger cookware giant, Randall. But, this didn’t bring any changes or reverse the cookware quality to the pre-1957s.

It is widely accepted that post-1960 Griswold and Wagner cookware is not in the same collectible class as pre-1960 cookware. Yet, in 1959, Randall was sold to Textron Corp, and this included the Griswold and Wagner cast iron cookware lines.

In 1969, General Houseware Corporation acquired Textron and continued with the production of Wagner ware until 1996.

In 1996, WagnerWare Corporation, mainly comprising the Wagner and Griswold cookware lines, was sold to a group of investors, including a former employee. Three years later, manufacturing of the cookware was permanently halted in 1999.

In the year 2000, American Culinary Corporation of Willoughby, Ohio purchased the rights, legacies, and remaining facilities. To date, the American Culinary Corporation continues to market Wagner and Wagner Ware, Magnalite, and Griswold brands as collectibles.

Incredibly enough, it is the same former employee who is the current president and CEO of the American Culinary Corporation, proving his dedicated commitment to keeping the legacy of Wagner cookware alive.

Here’s a timeline summary of the Wagner Company:

1881Began small-scale production
1891Wagner Company officially launched with major operations
1952Wagner Company sold to Randall (purchased Griswold in 1957)
1959Randall was acquired by Textron Corp.
1969Textron Corp. acquired by General Houseware Corporation
1996WagnerWare corporation (Wagner and Griswold cookware lines) transferred to a group of investors including a former employee
1999WagnerWare Corporation manufacturing facility in Sidney, Ohio, officially and permanently closed
2000 American Culinary Corporation of Willoughby received t legacy, rights, and remaining facilities and continues to market Wagner branded cookware as collectibles (a former employee is the President/CEO of the company)
2008American Culinary Corporation officially closes.
June 2023The manufacturing foundry was officially demolished after deteriorating for many years and an EPA complaint.

Wagner Ware Brands and Signature Products

cast iron skill wagnerware brand
Cast Iron Skillet, WagnerWare Size #3 Used for Serving

Wagner brands typically included Wagner, Wagner Ware Sidney-O, Wagner Ware, National, LongLife, Magnalite, Wardway, and Ward’s Cast Iron. Yet, the Wagner Company was particularly popular for their Sidney –O- range skillets and Dutch ovens.

The Wagner Company focused primarily on cast iron, nickel plated, and aluminum cookware. But, after the acquisition of a fellow competitor, Sidney Hollow Ware from Philip Smith in 1897, the company briefly produced this cookware line.

But, in 1903, the line was resold to Phillip Smith.

Nickel-plated cookware was popular for its complementary features. Unlike cast iron and copper cookware, it does not react with acidic foods, such as tomatoes and citric juices.

Therefore, you don’t have to worry about food tainting or leaching when using nickel-plated cookware.

While nickel-plated cookware isn’t a super sensational concept today, nickel plating was considered an exceptional metal casing expertise in the 19th century. So, the Wagner nickel-plated cookware line was one of a kind during its initial launch into the market in the early 1900s.

You would typically identify Wagner cookware through the name ‘Wagner’ imprinted on the bottom of each piece of ware. The Magnalite line, introduced in the 1930s, was composed of patented aluminum alloy cookware.

With the varying thickness and optimized heat conductivity being the main selling points, this line was introduced in the 1930s to counter the falling sales during the Great Depression.

The brothers also manufactured tin hollow ware for government contracts. These typically included items, such as sugar bowls, tea and coffee pots, soup containers, hot food covers, water pitchers, and butter plates, to mention a few.

The brother also manufactured other types of table hollowware, although this doesn’t include flatware.

Wagner Cookware Quality

bottom of cast iron dutch oven griswold brand

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 is probably not far from the truth.

However, if you compare a modern-day, Made in China, cast iron skillet to a 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 is typically not considered collectible pieces.

Further, Wagner cookware manufactured after 1969 is not considered collectibles.

Wagner Cookware as Collectibles

Wagner Ware Sidney 0 Square Skillet taken by Shelly on Flickr
Wagner Ware Sidney 0 Square Skillet taken by Shelly on Flickr.

Wagner cast iron cookware continues to be a popular option to date, over a century after they were first made. In fact, many enthusiasts prefer antique cookware over modern pans. Nonetheless, it can be difficult for the untrained eye to identify authentic Wagner cookware.

Why Choose Wagner Collectibles?

Wagner Collectibles come with a wide range of benefits. For one, Wagner cookware was considered amongst the best in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Here are other key reasons to choose Wagner Cookware collectibles;

Attention to Quality

Wagner cookware is built with high attention to quality.

Each piece was hand processed and machined to form a smooth interior and exteriors. In fact, you can think of the Wagner cast iron quality as that of modern high-quality cookware like Le Creuset.

But, while Le Creuset combines traditional and modern manufacturing techniques, Wagner cookware is produced in a more traditional approach with hand casting to minimize flaws as much as possible. In fact, the workers at Wagner must have been highly skilled with great attention to detail to produce such great quality cookware.

Quality over Quantity

To emphasize this factor, Wagner really focused on quality over quantity. One of the key figures of the Wagner Company was quoted saying,

We do not strive to manufacture hollowware as cheaply as possible but as good as it can be made. We cannot afford to put on the market ware that will not sustain our reputation. The name Wagner is cast on the bottom of each piece of ware.”

The company only struggled due to the Great Depression, Wars, and the cheaper, lower quality cookware imports from Asia that began to swarm the market during the mid-20th century.

Ultra Smooth Cooking Surface

Like any good quality antique cast iron, Wagner cast iron features a high-quality finish, no matter the line you choose. Authentic Wagner cast iron didn’t come with any casting flaws, which ensured every piece offered a super smooth interior surface and exterior surface.

A Wide Variety to Choose From

Wagner cookware comes in a wide selection of cast iron options.

Wagner cookware pieces are also durable, flawless, smooth, and reasonably priced. Plus, you can choose anything from skillets to griddles, muffin pans, waffle irons, gem pans, and Dutch ovens, to mention a few.

How to Choose an Authentic Wagner Cookware Collectible

Wagner Ware Magnalite Roaster/dutch Oven W Lid 4248-m Sidney -O- 5 Qt Round

As mentioned earlier, you may not find it easy to identify an authentic Wagner cast iron collectible, especially if you are an untrained eye. The good news is that there is a simple way to identify antique Wagner cookware from different lines.

You can choose from any of the sixteen different logos, whether you want smooth base pans or pans with heat rings. In fact, compared to other antique brands, Wagner cast iron offers a pretty generous variety to choose from.

Generally, earlier cookware was simply stamped “Wagner”. From around 1895, Wagner included the title “Sidney-“ in its cookware. The title “Wagner Ware” first appeared on cookware in the 1920s.

Here’s how you can identify common Wagner antique collectibles:

  • 1891-1915 vintage cast iron: Straight “Wagner” logo stamped at the center base with the size (e.g. 10) stamped at the bottom of the base.
  • 1891 – 1910 vintage cast iron: “Wagner” logo in an arc at the top of the base and the size stamped at the bottom of the base.
  • 1895 – 1915 vintage cast iron: “Wagner Sidney O.” in a double arc logo at the top of the base and the bottom of the base.
  • 1897-1903 vintage Sidney cast iron: Straight “Sidney” logo at the center of the base and the size at the bottom of the base.
  • 1910-1915 vintage cast iron: Straight centered “Wagner Sidney O.” logo with the size stamped at the bottom.
  • 1915-1920 vintage cast iron: Arc “Wagner” and straight “Sidney” markings at the top of the base and the size stamped at the bottom of the base.
  • 1920 Wagner Ware Manufacturing Company vintage cast iron with heat ringed base: Scarce Wagner Ware Sidney O. with arc “Wagner”, straight “Sidney O.” and the size slightly below.
  • 1924-35 vintage cast iron with heat ring: Stylized “Wagner Sidney O.” logo at the top of the base and the four-digit pattern number at the bottom of the base.
  • 1935-59 vintage cast iron: Stylized “Wagner Sidney O.” logo at the top of the base and the four-digit pattern number at the bottom of the base.
  • 1924-1935 vintage cast iron with heat rings: Centered stylized “Wagner Sidney –O-“logo and a four-digit pattern number at the bottom of the base.
  • 1930 – 1935 vintage cast iron: “Wagner” pie logo at the top with four-digit pattern number and the words “Cast Iron Skillet” underneath at the bottom of the base.
  • 1914- 1930 National line vintage cast iron with heat ring: “National” arc logo at the top of the base and the size stamped at the bottom of the base.
  • 1930 Long Life line vintage cast iron: “Long Life Skillet” straight logo at the center of the base and the four-digit pattern number stamped at the bottom of the base
  • 1930 Wards line vintage cast iron: Stylized “Wards Cast Iron” with the “M and W Bar” logo at the top of the base and a four-digit pattern number at the center of the base.


Still have more questions about the History of Wagner Cast iron, check out the answers to commonly asked questions by people just like yourself;

How Do You Identify and Date Wagner Cast Iron?

You can easily identify and date a Wagner Cast Iron cookware by flipping it over and examining the base.

It typically has the Wagner logo, size, and sometimes, the pattern number. The logo design and pattern number can easily help you date your skillet.

But, if you don’t know how to differentiate logos from different years, you can always consult a reputable antique guidebook or post your cookware photo on a Wagner and Griswold collector forum for other enthusiasts to assist you.

Why Are Older Wagner Cast Iron Pans Better Than Modern Cast Iron Pans?

According to experts, high-quality vintage pans, like Wagner’s, offer a superior finish to modern ones.

They tend to offer a smoother surface with minimal to no flaws, durable casting, and better and even heat conductivity. Wagner cast iron pans also take a beating better than modern cast iron pans.

Where Can I Buy Antique Wagner Cast Iron Cookware?

There are several places you can find authentic antique Wagner cast iron cookware. These include:

  • From family, like grandparents who’ve had it in the family for a long time, passing it from generation to generation
  • Garage sales – some owners will want to get rid of cast iron skillets they consider useless
  • Antique stores
  • Flea markets with hidden gems
  • Online from various vendors


This history of Wagner cast iron proves just how incredible the company and the brand are to date. The collector’s brand offers a pretty impressive option for enthusiasts, giving you the best quality cast iron with little to no flaws.

After all, the company has always insisted on its focus on quality over quantity. Plus, it gives you a variety of products to choose from.

The good news is that you can now easily make sure your cookware is authentic antique Wagner by using a simple logo identification hack.

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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: American Culinary Wikipedia

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

It’s 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 Amazon Hi 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 mother’s corn bread pan, wagner c heavy. Believe 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 grandmother’s 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 of 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 thoughts on “History of Wagner Cast Iron”

  1. 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?

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    • 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!

      • 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.

  6. 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 please let me know?

  7. 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 !!! :)

  8. When my mother 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!!

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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???

    • 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..

    • 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.


  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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?

  27. 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 ?

  28. 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.?.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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?

  34. 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).

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

  36. Hello,

    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.

  37. 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?

  38. 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.


  39. 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.

  40. 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.

    • 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. Search for “wagner versus griswold”.

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


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