My grandma gave me a cast iron dutch oven a while back and I never had the chance to use it because it was rusty, too big to use, and I haven't been camping in a long time.She recently passed away and my grandpa let me have the cast iron cookware.It takes some research to know what particular markings mean.Common older brands: You're not likely to run across anything older than 1700. Manufacturers ├ Canadian Manufacturers ├ Trademarks & Logos ├ Numbers & Letters ├ Economy Brands ├ Store Brands ├ Damage & Defects ├ Reproductions/Counterfeits ├ Ghost Marks ├ Identifying No-Name Iron ├ Non-Collectible Cast Iron ├ Collecting Strategies ├ Iron Hunting ├ Buying Tips └ Selling Tips ├ Cast Iron Restoration ├ Aluminum Restoration ├ Glossary of Terms ├ Patent Database ├ Foundry Database ├ CICN Re-Mastered ├ Sand Mold Casting ├ Cast Iron Finishing ├ Factory Automation ├ Informational Links └ Videos Matthew Griswold had been making cast iron hollow ware for the better part of two decades before first putting the Griswold name on a skillet.Griswold bought out his relatives' interest in 1884.The name Griswold alone on a trademark would then first appear on a handful of pieces in the form of Griswold's first stylized logo, known as the "Griswold's Erie Diamond", and next when the sixth series "ERIE" skillets were changed to read "GRISWOLD'S ERIE", around 1906.
In this way, we can assume within a range when a piece of cookware was actually made. When I got it, there was a little bit of rust present on the gray, unseasoned, raw cast iron.If the cast iron has a "gate mark", it is older than 1900. Having been in business with his cousins, the Selden brothers, since 1868, the name Griswold was originally seen in the mark "Selden & Griswold", on various pieces of hollowware.So, you're going to buy cast iron or looking at some now or considering looking around for it or... I learned a lot in short order and here are my foot notes.Much cast iron cookware is not marked with a brand.