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!

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“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…

Larry and Marg O'Neil of Tacoma WA with vintage Lodge commemorative and advertising cast iron skillets to the side.

The O’Neil Home Cast Iron Collection

I’ve spent some time with Marg and Larry O’Neil at their beautiful home in Tacoma WA, and at their chock-full pole barn private cast iron museum on the outskirts of Tacoma. Each time, I learn more and see more; the collection seems to be never-ending. Some people believe that Larry and Marg have the largest…

Litters of Pups

LITTERS OF PUPS by Doris Mosier Pup collecting began for me in 1989 with a $30 green no-name purchased on the route 5 NY trail of antique store hopping.  Since then, I’ve seen that these little 1-5/8 inch guys command more than a second look among iron miniature collectors. Made as advertising paperweights, probably by…

Cleaning Iron – Quick Fixes

CLEANING IRON—QUICK FIXES By Doris Mosier PROBLEM:     BUILT UP CRUD & GREASE SOLUTION:  LYE For one piece: You will need a plastic bag & easy off oven cleaner. Don’t get the unscented Easy off as it won’t work well.  Get the original Easy Off Oven Cleaner.  Put your crud-covered iron in the plastic bag. Spray…