Griswold Cookware

Collectors and collections, History and Stories

Griswold, Lodge, Wagner, Favorite, Wapak, and More!

Griswold Cookware

Collectors and Collections,
History and Stories

Griswold, Lodge, Wagner, Favorite, Wapak, and More!


Welcome to the blog! Here you’ll find all sorts of information, history, information and stories about vintage cast iron cookware made by many manufacturers – not just Griswold, though I love Griswold! You’ll also meet some collectors and have a chance to view their collections.

If you’ve reached the site because you are looking for information about the identification, age, or value of your own old cast iron cookware, please take a look at the “Learn About Your Iron” page on this site. Just a small amount of work on your part will reward you with an abundance of information.

Please note: I’m in the process of bringing some of my old blog posts back online, which has been an interesting and educational challenge. You’ll see some of my new and older posts pop up regularly for a bit as I am able to recreate them. Not all are ready (and I don’t have/won’t be able to recreate all of them), but as time permits and I continue to work on the site, you’ll see more posts appear. Enjoy the site and check back often!

The Griswold Bolo Oven

The Griswold BOLO oven was made by the Griswold Manufacturing Company in Erie, PA in the early 1900s. Griswold held at least 3 different patents related to the BOLO oven – granted in 1915, 1916, and 1920. In the grand scheme of antique cast iron cookware collecting the ovens are not particularly uncommon, though I…

The Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association

I am a member of the Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association (“GCICA”). Last I checked, GCICA had 753 members from across the United States and Canada. I appreciate the opportunity to connect, share, and learn from so many other people who are also cast iron enthusiasts. There are many decades-long collectors in the club…

Where can I find online cast iron auctions?

Leigh Ann W. of Greensboro North Carolina asked: Are there [cast iron] auctions -other than eBay- that you can participate in online? (Without actually being there). I never seem to see any of these in my area. Yes, there are. I know that there are cast iron auction sale groups on Facebook, but I am…

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