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Understanding Griswold

Understanding Griswold

UNDERSTANDING LOGOS AND OTHER CAST IRON COOKWARE TERMS FREQUENTLY USED By Doris Mosier Hopefully, this will take the mystery out of the confusion of  Griswold’s many logos frequently referred to by collectors of Griswold.  It is not as refined or detailed as a historian would […]

History of Griswold

History of Griswold

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GRISWOLD MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF ERIE, PA, AS IT PERTAINS TO COLLECTORS OF CAST IRON COOKWARE by Doris Mosier In 1865, two Erie families associated by marriage, joined in a modest venture to manufacture door hinges. The Selden and Griswold union […]

Litters of Pups

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 […]

Spotting Griswold Reproductions

Spotting Griswold Reproductions

SPOTTING A GRISWOLD REPRODUCTION By Doris Mosier   I’d be the first to admit I’ve been fooled a few times and purchased  reproductions in my quest to add to my growing collection of vintage cast iron cookware, especially when I was a new collector.   Now […]

Tips for the Griswold Cast Iron Cookware Collector

Tips for the Griswold Cast Iron Cookware Collector

TIPS FOR THE COLLECTOR By Doris Mosier   All items manufactured by Griswold are not marked Griswold.Many items Griswold made are marked Erie, “Erie”, Victor, Best Made, Good Health, Puritan, American, etc.  Some items only have a pattern number and others totally unmarked.  Some are […]

My Version of Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie, Made in My Trusty Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan

My Version of Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie, Made in My Trusty Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan

I recently spent a lovely Spring weekend at my friend Mary’s lake home on Madeline Island. I love going to Mary’s place – it is on Lake Superior and I always feel such a sense of calm when I am there. Maisie and I love […]


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