For example, Wagner, Griswold, Lodge, Wapak and Favorite are some common names seen in cast-iron cookware.Companies often change the marking style over time and some brands display the city of manufacture, a logo or other symbol in addition to or in place of the company’s name.
In the second half of the 19th century, one particularly legendary cast-iron cookware maker was Griswold Manufacturing Company.
Renowned for their durability, cast-iron skillets, pots, and baking pans last for generations and are commonly sought out at antique malls, estate auctions and yard sales.
Each piece often provides only a few inconspicuous, cryptic markings to help decipher its quality, history and value.
But with a little time and effort, you can learn to recognize the types of identifying marks in collectors’ club catalogs and published guide books and match them to the stampings on your cookware.
A manufacturer of cast-iron cookware often stamps its name in large text on the underside of the piece.