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Category: Cast Iron Miscellany

The Griswold “Burglar Alarm”

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, assigned to Matthew Griswold. Application March 1, 1893. Patent granted […]

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, I had a pretty pan that had some interesting features. It was marked “Odorless” on the bottom, and carried a patent date of October 17, 1893. It looked similar to a skillet, with pour spouts at […]

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

In my quest to find out who had manufactured a pretty antique Odorless skillet I used to own, I uncovered a huge amount of information. So much so that I’ve written two blog posts about the topic! To understand the Odorless skillet and other kettles/pans […]

Old Cast Iron Glue Pots. No, Not for Me.

Old Cast Iron Glue Pots. No, Not for Me.

I’ve mentioned many times that I love thinking about the history of these old pieces of iron – where they have been, how they have been used, and who used them. Here’s a piece that led me in a totally different direction! I was recently […]


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