The Wagner Manufacturing company began making cookware in in Sidney, Ohio. Today, collectors prize Wagner cast iron frying pans, Dutch ovens and bakeware for both its beauty and durability. You can find Wagner cookware at garage and estate sales, thrift stores, antique stores and from online dealers. Dating Wagner cast iron can be tricky, but several clues can help you arrive at the approximate date your cookware was manufactured. Turn over your cookware so the bottom is facing up. Make note of all markings on the bottom of the pan and their location.
Is this a late s unmarked Wagner made in Sydney? Wagner along with a few other foundries manufactured quite a number of unmarked pieces. However, a letter on the back of the handle is strong indication of Wagner made ironware. Check the back of the handle on your skillet. Although unmarked skillets are rather hard to date.
Is there a key to the markings on the bottom of Wagner Ware Sidney Magnalite pans? I appreciate your thorough research and clear explanations in this article. A full list of sizes would require a separate article and lot of research. Your Magnalite is a 12 inch skillet that originally came with a lid. Good thing about it the pans lack rust!
Thank you in advance. I tried to read as many comments as I could! They are great info, but I worked in these pans Easy off method for hours today and I am dragging a bit - so I apologize if I repeated a question.
From what I see here it would be the ringless post ? Wagner Ware Sidney -O. I want to get them pretty tbh and use them properly. But I still am curious about their history.
I also have an unidentified Dutch oven with lid and if I recall a trivet! Moving from a wood range to electric must have been so exciting. Good on ya for restoring your cast iron. Thanks for reading through the comments section. And B Wagner Ware was most likely made before a V skillet with the same design.
Hello I found a Wagner Ware 7. Drip Drop Roaster. Model oval patent. From your description it sounds like you have an older roaster with a marked lid. In which case I believe your roaster was made in Circa s. So it sure is an old-timer. Well-done on your find. But please avoid restoring your roaster with any power tools.
As with other antiques this will great reduce the value of your oven. The Ware is in script. The Sidney is straight not curved. Is it s vintage? Thanks for your question. Number 12 is a harder to find size. From your description it sounds like you have a Wagner Ware with a stylized logo. Because it has a smooth bottom it probably was made Circa Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and passion for cast iron. Thanks again. You really are cooking with history.
I have a Wagner Ware aluminum round roaster with drip drop lid, marked C. Am I correct? From my understanding Wagner made these roasters in the s and s. The number at the bottom. I cannot find a size marking anywhere.
Did Wagner make a skillet without a size marking or has it worn off? The last digit on National pattern number represents the size. I have what I believe to be an unmarked 9 Wagner skillet, with the letter X on the bottom of the pan and back of the handle. I have yet to come across it in my search. Does anyone know anything about this pan? However, I think you are both spot-on with your assumption of your pans being a Wagner.
Yes, a letter on the back on the handle is a strong indication I would use to identify an unmarked Wagner. I work with a pet rescue that is totally donation based in how we pay for the care of the dogs we rescue. We have lots of fundraising events, one of them been large garage sales.
I had some cast-iron donated that we would like to sell individually instead of in the garage sale where they will not make enough money. I am a novice and collectibles and antiques. Could I send you some photos of them and you tell me how to proceed as far as pricing? They are Wagner mostly, some good health.
I usually stay away from pricing vintage cast iron, as prices can vary greatly. It would be great if you can include the whole front and back of the cookware. So I can see the cooking surface, handle, logos and markings. Hi there, I have become very interested in Wagner Ware Oval Roasters recently and have started collecting them.
I cam across and purchased a 1 as I have never seen this size before. I have 3,5,7. I once saw a 2 that sold online so I know they exist. I have not been able to find much data on them at all. It is a Sytlized logo Wagner Ware Sidney -o-top says Wagner Drip Drop Baster, handle is the flat folded over version, It has the zig zag pattern on the under side of the lid with the 1 in the middle. Can you share some info on oval roasters for my edification, I would greatly appreciate it! I need to do more research on Wagner Oval Roasters.
You have a great collection. To complete a set keep an eye open for sizesespecially if it sit flat. Trivets are an added bonus and you can expect to pay a little more if it has one along with the bigger sizes. Luckily you already have the 7, nice find. During this time overseas manufacturers were taking market share from an industry already struggling from the manufacture of modern cookware.
Hello BoonieTrying to identify and date a old number 9. There is not a Wagner or Sidney stamp but just a star located about where the -o- would be.
Any help is appreciated! Thanks Scott. Stars are frequently seen on National skillets so your skillet could be from the same Era. Unfortunately, I have not seen a skillet with just the star. But from your description I would also assume it was a Wagner. I wonder if there is a light Erie marking hiding under the seasoning. My wife and I have been cast iron hobbists for more than 30 years.
We bought, new, some of the Wagner pans with the seasoning instructions on the back and have never had a complaint. They work great. Since then we scour yard sales and thrift shops. We have discovered these places have the absolute best prices, some for as little as a dollar a pan.
We even keep a cast iron pan in our camper. The owner admitted that it had been a family hand-me-down but that they had never used it. Thanks for sending in your experience collecting cast iron and where to find these hidden gems.
Glad to know there are other skillet nerds like me!! I am a collector and re-season skillets and dutch ovens for many people. I am The Skillet Doctor! You have a wonderful collection of cast iron and I thank you for all of your knowledge- I am a member of the Cast Iron Collector Forum and use that as a resource. However, I will check back with you periodically if I need more info!
Just purchased one of their skillets.
Will let you know how it cleans up! The Cast Iron Collector is a great resource for serious collectors and the site owner is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks for letting me know about the Findlay Cast Iron Company and congratulations on your purchase. It sounds like the skillet has gone to a good home. By the way, I had a cheeky look at theskilletdoctor. Thank you so much for all of this helpful information on cast iron. I just bought a Wagner Ware Sidney -o- pan markings on back xnumbered 8 on handle.
I noted your warning to watch out for the nickel plated Wagner Ware. Thank you so much in advance for your help. Firstly, congratulations on buying an antique pan and welcome to the vintage cast-iron community.
Nickel or chrome plating will appear shiny.
Dating wagner cast iron skillets
Quite often plating is worn off on the cooking surface, however, the handle and side will likely have the appearance of silverware. Regular cast-iron with without seasoning is also silvery, which is a surprise to many users because we are used to seeing pre-seasoned ironware which has that lovely coating that we all love.
Identify and date your Wagner cast iron cookware using logos. Also learn the fascinating history of Wagner Manufacturing. Wagner cast iron cookware is regarded by many as some of the finest examples 19 th and 20 th century cast iron. This could be due to the fact, much of the cast iron is over years old and still very usable today. Wagner Hollow Ware Company (Pre Wagner Manufacturing Company) ated Jan 15, - The official start of the Wagner Manufacturing Company was in and you can see the centennial commemoration of this in the 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 . There is debate in the cast iron world as to whether these pans were manufactured by CHF or by Favorite. Given that the diamond is the same as the "Miami" diamond mentioned above, my money's on Favorite. CHF also manufactured lovely hammered cast iron skillets marked only with a pair of numbers on the bottom that are about 1" tall.
If your pan is jet black then you have a regular cast iron pan but if your pan is seasoned but still appears silvery or bronze then it might be plated. However, when seasoning do not coat the exterior of the pan with Crisco or whatever you use to season! Congrats on your pan and use it in good health! How old IS it? Happy New Year! Some enthusiasts might date your skillet from the ss. However, I date the pan with the two logos a little later and place it from mid s to early s.
You probably have noticed the casting is not as smooth as the older pans. But who knows if it will be a collectors item in the future. You sound like a keen cast-iron enthusiast yourself. However, adding sizes to this post or another post sounds like a great idea.
I inherited my Grandparents old skillet. Has a number 6 or 9 on the handle. Just curious on the history. There are two markings on your skillet which can be used to identify and date your ironware. Boonie, thanks so much getting back to me. Thanks for informing me! It still makes awesome chorizo and eggs! Thanks again! I recently found a Wagner number fryer pan. I have several books on cast iron and cannot find that number or any information.
It is two piece, similar to a waffle iron design, but smooth with two handles and two ball type hinges. Just looks like it should. Any info would be appreciated. I checked the pattern number on your Wagner and you may have a Damper.
Does it have a few holes and a large pin running through the center? If so it may have once belonged to an old wood range. Very cool. It even has an indention made into the handle where your thumb would go.
Any help would be appreciated. Those Wagner Square skillets are pretty cool looking in my humble opinion. Wagner made a couple of styles of the square skillet. The pattern number on the skillet is either a or for the larger skillet. The two design have a slightly different appearance, with s version more square and with a rounded handle. Your Wagner Square Skillet with a thumb rest, I suspect has a rectangular shaped handle and slightly rounded corners. After I cleaned it up and removed all the old gunk, I washed it and it looks rusty.
I was going to try to season it but when I applied some oil and rubbed it it, the towel is brown. How can I get this rust look gone?
Thanks for any assistance. I like the vinegar method to remove rust. Especially if you have one piece to restore. You can see this method on youtube. In this method you soak your cast iron in container with a solution of water and white vinegar. Let it soak minutes No longer, vinegar can pit the surface.
Rinse and hard scrub with soapy water 3. Repeat steps one and two. However, many youtube videos totally submerge the cast iron the solution. And I find this unnecessary and expensive. A spray bottle works great. But personally, I just make the solution in a cup and tip a little in the skillet. Then work it in with my hands. I know your pan very well have and have one of these little cuties myself. I believe Wagner made the Krusty Korn Kob pans from circa s. Yes, the mixture really gets baked on.
To reduce sticking and to make washing-up a lot easier I recommend preheating your Kristy Korn Kob pans fully oiled before adding your mixture. Searing hot is preferable. I found a Wagner 8 in skillet today, can you help date it? B 2 - 98 on a smooth bottom. I have not been able to find info on that logo. Hi my name is Tina. You have a wonderful big skillet and I suspect it could be larger than inches.
The number you have provided helps me to identify the size of your skillet and hopefully answers your question. The number on the back of your Wagner Ware is called a pattern number and it identifies the material, size and type of cookware. Using your pattern number, collectors and enthusiast can identify your Wagner Wagner as a: size number 10 cast-iron skillet.
The letter is the mold that was used. So your skillet was made in mold H. All of this text is encased within an oval. Any ideas on age? The logo you describe was used after Wagner Manufacturing was sold to another company and is a little out of my knowledge. The pan is a smooth bottom can you tell me what the H stands for please. The numbers on the bottom of your Wagner Skillet is called a pattern number. And the letter was the mold that was used in manufacturing. Hello, I found a Wagner skillet 14a with heat ring.
I was wondering when it was made and a possible value. Thanks for any help you can give.
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What a great find. It probably comes to no surprise these larger skillets are highly sought-after, especially those with Griswold and Wagner markings. The value of your Wagner skillet depends on the condition of the interior and exterior of the pan and if there is any movement. Big cast iron skillets are often treasured family heirlooms and many are in good condition. However, large skillets do like to move. So if your skillet sits flat it would attract the attention of many enthusiasts and collectors.
Sold listings on should an indication of price. Because you have described your Wagner 14A without a pattern number I guess your skillet has two finger holes in the handle helper. I think Wagner introduced pattern numbers Circa so I would place your skillet Wagner 14a with heat ring and stylized logo Circa They weigh 4lb 12oz each. You have a Wagner Long Griddle. I guess is has an X reinforcing on the back.
Well done rescuing a little piece of early 20th century cookware. However, Wagner skillets are sought-after and they command a higher price. However, these are sold at a premium but this may offer good value if you take into account the time and effort needed to restore vintage pans. I got a Wagner Dutch Oven at a garage sale. At the bottom it has B Couldnt find anything like it in your logos.
Thanks Boonie. After Wagner was sold in the rights of the name and logo changed several times. So your oven was probably made between s. Just curious if the B narrows down to the year of its manufacturing. Damn fine pan! Beautifully seasoned and slick! I would place a guess your Wagner cast-iron skillet B was made before a N skillet. By how much? I have a aluminum magnalite? It is rather small and has Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Any ideas on what it could be and possibly value?
Or point me in the right direction to get some more information on it, Thank you. Your Wagner Shirred Pan was probably made circa s. Eggs baked in the oven with a little cream and butter, yum. The French had a similar dish to the English method but they used small ramekins instead.
The ramekins are placed in a pot with a little boiling water to cook the eggs. Just curious. It sounds like you have a Wagner Ware made around Your ironware was probably made by Textron, Inc. Who had the rights to manufacture Wagner Ware during this time. Did Wagner make an aluminum cup? I ran across a metal cup I thought looked pretty cool and picked it up. I had to get the reference books out for this one.
It looks like Wagner made big and small aluminum cups matching your description.
Watch for quality cast iron cookware. Wagner made molded cast iron with a polished exterior and interior, and the best production was from to An article in "The Kansan" reports that manufacturers of cast iron during that period polished it in a drum or turned it on a lathe to make cooking surfaces smooth. How Old Is My Wagner Cast Iron Skillet? I would say the s - early s made cast iron cookware is still pretty darn good and probably some of those pieces are better than what you can get today. (Read more about Wagner Cast Iron) In many cases, we cannot determine the exact date that a piece of cookware was made. Unfortunately. Mar 11, Cast iron makers marks identifying and dating unmarked or unknown maker vintage antique antique cast iron skillets markings collector information for the vintage cookware enthusiast antique cast iron skillet markings vintage cast iron guide gate mark image of wagner cast iron skillet. Numbers Letters The Cast Iron Collector Information For.
I just picked up a waffle maker. I still have a ways to get it cleaned up. It has a coating that I am trying to figure out how to remove.
Wooden handles makes my go to remedies unfeasible. Any ideas on removing the coating it seems to be flaking off in some places and of course that is where a bit of rust is hiding.
It sounds like you have an old Wagner Waffle iron circa But hopefully the handles can still unscrew so, you can continue with your restoration process. If the coating is different from your other restoration projects then you may need to be careful. Around this time people used leaded paint on metalware such as cast-iron stoves to prevent rust and to make it look shiny. So, if you think the waffle iron is painted then I would be hesitant to use your cooking oven or outdoor grill to burn off the paint.
I think you would need a hotter temperature anyway. I have a Wagner Ware skillet 8, but does not have Sidney O under the Wagner Ware on bottom and no ring on bottom either. Is it a real Wagner Ware? Interesting question. Can you tell how old it is?
And any thing about this roaster. I love the roaster it is my favorite! Wagner Magnalite owners love their cookware and are just as passionate about their cookware as cast-iron enthusiasts.
Stylized Wagner logo circa around midss Economic challenges late s early s Possible resources diverted and rationing s I have fond memories of my Grandmother reusing her teabags. A time when life is getting back to normal, there was an uptake in technology and many young families needing a big 8-quart roaster for that yummy Sunday roast. Is that a real Wagner or a knock -off? Keep an eye open for them.
I think your suspicions could be correct. Wagner made a lot of unmarked cast iron. Check for a single letter under this marking and on the backside of the handle which is another identifying mark on unmarked Wagner skillets. I found it while on vacation in Idaho at a goodwill. Too funny! Thanks for sending a message. Those National skillets are fine looking pans. Thanks- Charles Walker. I would have to agree with the person you have spoken to.
Wagner opened their foundry in the late 19th century and would have adopted the latest technology and techniques. Foundries such as Griswold, Marion and Sidney Hollowware were already producing cookware without gate marks before Wagner operated. I came to your blog as the result of my neighbor handing me a Wagner Ware 10 Drip Drop Roaster that she had no longer wanted. It has the stylized logo and is marked on the underside of lid and bottom of roaster a.
From my understanding, Wagner Drip Drop Roasters were made in the s. I think yours is round but Wagner also made oval roasters. I have a Wagner 9 with a painted eagle on the back and along with 3 gold stars. Do you know anything about it. It has never been used. Sounds like you have a nice piece of Americana. Perhaps someone here can lend a hand. I recently bought an s vintage Wagner, straight logo 8 skillet. As might be expected in its year lifetime, it had been tossed in the fire and overheated.
The one time I tried to season a red skillet, I had little success.
Any ideas? Hopefully someone can share their expertise. There are quite a few different versions of National skillets. A single letter at the base of a skillet could be an indication of which mold used to make the cookware.
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If there was a problem with the casting workers could quickly identify the suspect mold and remove it from production without stopping the line. The logo is the stylized Wagner logo situated at without the Sydney stamp.
It simply says Wagner Ware. The number 12 is stamped on the handle. Thanks for the question. It sounds like your piece was made in or after the s. A regulation was passed during the time requiring manufacturers to indicate the country of manufacture, probably because of lower cost and quality imports coming out Asia at the time.
Wagner Ware cast iron with made in the U. However, larger skillets such as your No 12 often sell at higher prices depending on condition. A good place to see current value is the sold listings on. Just keep in mind online prices are often higher than other methods of buying or selling. I have a smooth bottom Wagner 3 that has it name on top side of handle. Do you have any information on it? You have a really interesting old Wagner. Hopefully, another collector will read the comments and can shed more light on your ironware.
I have several Wagner Cast Iron pieces that I am trying to date and determine if they are made with nickel.
7 Pieces so-marked are considered to be from the period during which Wagner owned and produced a secondary brand of hollow ware in the former SHW foundry, and perhaps thereafter in the Wagner plant. 8 Pieces so-marked appear to be from Wagner Sidney O. patterns modified to add the word "Ware" to the trademark. 9 Configuration appears to be confined to some regular, heat ring skillets sizes #4. Griswold identification and dating main points. Griswold cast iron skillets remain popular with cast iron enthusiasts and those who want a great vintage pan; You can identify your skillet by using logos and marking on your skillet. This site and other online resources can help you . Founded in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, in , the company is still family owned and still producing cast iron. Advancements in technology and enhancements of cast iron have enabled the company to remain competitive in the field of cast iron cookware. Identifying Antique Cast Iron Skillets. Look at the bottom of a cast iron skillet.
All have smooth bottoms. Are you able to help me with this? Your Wagner Ware J. Some collectors may date the Wagner stylized logo as early as the s. However, I prefer to give a conservative estimate to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately, you may be disappointed with your Wagner cast iron original. These are commemorative pieces celebrating Wagners th Anniversary. They were probably manufactured from and not considered collectable. Nickel-plated cast iron is very noticeable and will have a tin or shiny appearance.
However, regular unseasoned cast iron is also quite shiny. It could be worth noting that chromium and nickel are still used to make modern stainless steel cookware to this day. I have a stylized Wagner ware No. Can you tell me when it was made and possibly cost? I hear those who use Maganlite are just as passionate about their cookware like us cast iron collectors. I tend to stay away from giving an estimate on the value of vintage cookware.
The sold listings on can give you an indication of Magnalite values of similar condition and those with plastic and metal knobs. Have a look at the bottom of your Wagner Drip Roaster. Because Wagner made a large range of aluminum cookware before introducing the Magnalite range. Magnalite is around 94 percent aluminum with the remainder being a magnesium alloy.
A fair chunk of change. Half the fun of collecting cast iron is finding hidden gems at garage sales at bargain prices.
Also, you can pick up a 8 or 9 Wagner skillet at a much lower price compared to a large 12 Wagner skillet. They often sell for less than Griswold cast iron but they are comparable in quality. It sounds like you have a stylized logo. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign in. Log into your account. Forgot your password? Password recovery. Recover your password. Monday, May 11, Get help.
Boonie Hicks. Vintage Cast Iron Cookware. Picture of the Wagner Manufacturing Company. Photo credit goes to the Shelby County Historical Society. This is an overview; there are many ins and outs and exceptions, of course. The Internet has opened up a myriad of ways to identify cast iron.
Be as descriptive as you can when doing your search. Many images result from the search. There, if you are lucky, you will find identifying information about your pan. While you might find information, verifying its accuracy is always a good idea.
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If the manufacturer has placed its logo or name on a piece, it is much easier to identify the time frame within which the pan was made. There are many resources to help you identify and date a piece when you know the manufacturer. There are also very knowledgeable and passionate long-time collectors out there who have a vast amount of information about vintage and antique cast iron cookware.
Most are happy to share their knowledge with beginning cast iron enthusiasts. Especially as I began my adventure into the world of vintage cast iron cookware, collectors on the forums of these sites were more than generous with their time and expertise in helping me identify and date vintage and antique cast iron cookware that I came across.
A gate mark appears as a raised scar or slash across the bottom of pans. Gate marked pans are the oldest of the old cast iron cookware; almost certainly antique.
In aroun this casting process was mostly discontinued. Absent markings on the pan, it is often impossible to identify the maker of a gate marked piece.
If you have a gate marked piece, you have an old and valuable piece of history; you just might not know the maker. Left: Lodge cast iron skillet circa s - Pans of recent vintage have thicker walls than do antique pans.
The Wagner Manufacturing company began making cookware in in Sidney, Ohio. Today, collectors prize Wagner cast iron frying pans, Dutch ovens and bakeware for both its beauty and durability. You can find Wagner cookware at garage and estate sales, thrift stores, antique stores and from online dealers. Dating Wagner cast iron can be tricky.
They are also heavier in weight. Note that the thickness of the wall of the more recent vintage Lodge on the left is almost twice that of the antique ERIE spider skillet on the right. This pan was manufactured in around This skillet, in excellent condition, can be worth thousands of dollars.
The spider skillet is one of the most - if not the most - collectible of Griswold cast iron cookware. A more common unmarked Griswold line is Griswold Iron Mountain pans.
These pans were manufactured in the s. Iron Mountain pans are fantastic cookers! I love my Iron Mountain pans. The distinctive handle shape easily identifies Iron Mountain skillets.
They also have a heat ring, pan number and 4-digit product number in a slightly italicized font imprinted on the bottom. Number 7 cast iron pan manufactured by the Griswold Manufacturing Company as part of the Iron Mountain line, circa s. Iron Mountain skillets have a heat ring and 4-digit product numbers and the pan number in a slightly italicized font on the bottom. Some of the Victor pans have the Griswold name on them and some do not.
The later Victor pans also carried the Griswold name. Victor cast iron skillet number 9 manufactured by the Griswold Mfg. If the pattern number is on the Puritan or Merit skillet it was manufactured by Griswold.
If not, it was manufactured by Favorite. If a pan has one or more notches in the heat ring, it is likely a vintage Lodge. Unmarked pans with a heat raised letter on the underside, along with a raised number on the handle, may have been made in the late s - by Blacklock, the foundry that preceded the Lodge foundry. Vollrath Manufacturing Company, Sheboygan, Wisconsin : Vollrath manufactured many items of kitchenware from the late s until today.
Some of the Vollrath cast iron skillets have the Vollrath name on them, and some do not. If you run across a pan with an underlined number imprinted sideways on the bottom center of the pan, you likely have a pan that was manufactured by Vollrath pan in thes and s.
Vollrath cast iron skillet no. BSR manufactured non-enameled cast iron pans between about and Take a good look at the underside of the handle of your no-name skillet. Is there a ridge that goes all the way to the outer wall of the pan?
This is a telltale sign of all unmarked BSR pans. There are three primary BSR lines of cast iron skillets. All have the ridge on the underside of the handle that goes directly to the side wall.