|The set of skillets that started it all.|
The weekend after posting 'Old School Tools And Memories', a series of unexpected, and serendipitous events occurred. The result? I acquired FOUR additional pieces of iron cookware.
Last weekend's experience is the kind this thrift store addict dreams of. I always enjoy sifting through discarded "junk" for potential treasures, but weekend results like this are icing on the cake! These amazing finds came two days apart, and I didn't even set out with iron cookware in mind! For me, this is the allure of prowling through second hand stores. The majority of my life is scheduled, planned, predictable. With this hobby, I "float" along and "let" treasures present themselves to me. In my planned and ordered day to day routine, this is as close to spontaneity as I get.
|Three of these are WagnerWare made in Sidney, OH. Prior to this I never knew there was a Sidney, OH! I got these by having the winning bid in a silent auction at a local Habitat for Humanity Home Store. Since my first set is Wagner, I'm very pleased to have gotten these older ones. |
This find prompted me to research iron cookware, and it is actually very interesting. The Wagner and Griswold brands date back to the 1800's. Throughout their history, they had several notable phases of manufacturing which can be identified by the logo design. Eventually, I'd like to have a piece from each manufacturing era. This calls for a lot of time spent second hand shopping. (yay)
According to my research, this logo style indicates a manufacturing period anywhere from 1925-1959. We often hear the adage, "If walls could talk." I wonder what tales we'd hear if skillets could talk? :)
The skillet pictured above is from my very first thrift store find. It was made sometime in the nineties.
I haven't used the most recently acquired Wagner skillets. Even though they look seasoned, I need to work on them. The pics show that the undersides have a bit of rust. Luckily, it's confined to the bottom, and I am optimistic that I can get these restored to good condition.
Here you can see the rust--Luckily a small amount.