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Category: Griswold

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

The Sidney Hollow Ware Company began in 1859 as “P. Smith Bro. & Co.” Philip Smith began working a small foundry in Sidney Ohio with capital of just $25 in 1859.  His brother Michael joined him in the business a short time later. P. Smith […]

Why Griswold Made Both a High- and Low-Base for its Waffle Irons

Why Griswold Made Both a High- and Low-Base for its Waffle Irons

I’ve seen this theorized here and there before, and the theories all made sense, but here it is right from the mouth of Griswold’s marketing department in 1921! “The Griswold … low frame … is for use on coal and wood ranges, and the high […]

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 […]

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

The editor of the GCICA quarterly newsletter – the “Griswold & Cast Iron Quarterly” – is planning to feature members and their favorite pans in future editions. We talked at the 2018 Convention in Baton Rouge, and I offered to submit a little blurb to […]

Strawberry – Rhubarb Crumble, made in Debra’s Griswold Small Logo no. 6 Cast Iron Skillet

Strawberry – Rhubarb Crumble, made in Debra’s Griswold Small Logo no. 6 Cast Iron Skillet

I was invited to a pre-Memorial Day shindig at Jerry and Debra Abrams’ home, where we were to practice making pizzas in their new outdoor pizza oven. Being the good guest that I am, I asked what I could bring. I was told to bring […]


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