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Easy-Peasy Strawberry Jalapeño Cast-Iron-Skillet Jam

Easy-Peasy Strawberry Jalapeño Cast-Iron-Skillet Jam

I am going camping this weekend with my foodie camping friends, and I assigned myself appetizers. I always like baguette slices dipped in melted brie with pepper jelly on top, so I figured that would be a good one to try to make over the […]

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, based in Richmond Missouri, has been in business since 1980. It is a family business.  Owners Bob and Rilla Simmons, along with their team, work together to organize and run large auctions. Bob and Rilla have been married since 1967. Their […]

Top Prices Realized at July 19 – 20, 2018 Vintage and Antique Cast Iron Auction in Richmond, Missouri

Top Prices Realized at July 19 – 20, 2018 Vintage and Antique Cast Iron Auction in Richmond, Missouri

These are the top prices realized at the Simmons and Company Auctioneers cast iron auction on July 20 – 21, 2018 in Richmond, Missouri. I got photos of most of the pieces, but unfortunately not all of them. $1875: Griswold large block logo no. 13 […]

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 […]

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

A while back, I went on a road trip with my friend Jim. We stopped here and there throughout the South looking for antique cast iron cookware; Griswold being my maker of choice. At an antique store in Kentucky, I found two painted Griswold “ERIE” […]

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 […]


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