Maybe there is resentment that Wagner eventually ended up owning Griswold right around the time the quality of both brands went sharply downhill?The name "Wagner" did not appear on skillets after 1922. The Chicken Fryer, lid and the #8 skillet were probably cast in the 1940s.Lehman's is currently selling a Wagner Ware 3 skillet set that they report as being "USA made".

A manufacturer of cast-iron cookware often stamps its name in large text on the underside of the piece.

For example, Wagner, Griswold, Lodge, Wapak and Favorite are some common names seen in cast-iron cookware.

After being sold to the Randall Company, Griswold was also acquired in 1957 (you can find pieces with both markings).

In the years that followed a series of transactions took place that ended up seeing the Sidney foundry close in 2000.

It is good because as users of old cast iron we get to buy some superb pieces for a lot less money than a comparable Griswold.

It is bad because I think the old and Wagner Ware pieces deserve a little more respect.

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When it comes to old cast iron the name Griswold gets the collector's heart to beat a little faster and to grab their wallets.

Erie, Martin, BS&R, Favorite...collectors will be on those like stink on a monkey.

Instead of using traditional size numbering, some brands during certain periods mark the dimensions on the piece in inches, such as “6-1/2 Inch Skillet” or “10 5/8 IN.” Manufacturers often cast a pattern number -- also known as a catalog number -- into each piece with a small group of numbers or numbers with letters, such as “701” or “1053C.” They usually appear on the underside of the cookware and identify the mold used to cast the piece.