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 cookware. You’ll also meet some collectors and have a chance to view their collections. Over the years I have blogged and written about vintage cast iron cookware – you can read more about my interest in vintage cast iron here. The purpose of this site is to preserve some of those writings, as well as to share additional information and photos as time permits.

If you’ve reached this site because you are looking for information about the identification, age, or value of your own old cast iron cookware, please read 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.

One more suggestion for you: Check out the loads and loads of additional photos and cast iron cookware content on my Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest pages!

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Cast Iron Glue Pots

I usually love thinking about the history of the old pieces of iron that I run across – where they have been, how they have been used, and who used them. The history of this particular piece, however, was not quite as charming for me to ponder. I ran across a pretty little cast iron…

“Griswold” Pup: Authentic or Reproduction?

How can you tell whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction? Griswold pups have been widely reproduced. With just a little knowledge and education, you can quickly determine whether a pup marked “Griswold” is authentic or a reproduction. I spent time with Joe and Nancy Zawadowski of Durham, North Carolina in September…

The Griswold Burglar Alarm

Griswold made much more than just a line of cookware. Did you know that Griswold also made, and held the patent for, a burglar alarm? I didn’t think so. Inventors John Harvey and David Shields obtained a patent in 1894 for the gadget, and the patent was assigned to Matthew Griswold, founder of the Griswold…