The Pan Handler sells the finest in vintage and antique collectible cast iron cookware. We have been featured in Country Living Magazine (Nov. 2014), Playboy – that’s right, Playboy! (Jan. 2014), and Sporting Life Magazine (July 2013). Our brands include Griswold, Wagner, Wapak, Favorite, and Lodge, as well as a variety of other manufacturers. We have a particular emphasis on Griswold pieces. We carry skillets, griddles, covers and lids, dutch ovens, gem and muffin pans, patty molds, waffle irons, and much much more.
We are very particular about the pieces that we sell. We spend many hours working on each individual piece from receipt to sale to ensure that we are offering the finest vintage cast iron available. Our goal is to provide top quality and complete customer satisfaction.
We source collectible and valuable vintage pieces from across the country. We then meticulously clean each piece to bare iron using several different processes. Our cleaning process often takes weeks to complete. After each piece is cleaned we heat-season it in two stages; each stage takes several hours. We then again carefully examine each piece, and thoroughly describe it in its sale listing. We take many photos of each piece in daylight, so that you can completely view all aspects of each piece. We strive to be complete and precise in our listings so that you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase a piece from The Pan Handler. We want you to be well-informed about and delighted with your purchase.
If you have any questions about our pieces, please email us through the “contact” link located at the bottom of the page. In the FAQs section at the bottom of this page we also have information about selection, cleaning and care of vintage cast iron, as well as links to help you get started with any personal cast iron research you wish to do.
We have additional inventory on eBay and Etsy. You can also connect with us on our Facebook page. Check out our feedback on eBay. We work hard to provide you with excellent pieces that you and your children and grandchildren will use and enjoy for many years to come. Check back often; we are constantly adding new inventory. Thanks for stopping – we hope you will enjoy your visit!
****NEW FOR THE 2014 HOLIDAY SEASON – GIFT CARD / STORE CREDIT COUPONS!****
Just in time for the holiday season, we are offering gift cards for The Pan Handler that contain a coupon code for a dollar amount selected by you. That dollar amount may be used to purchase goods from The Pan Handler!
When you purchase the gift card, you can choose any denomination that you like. Upon purchase, a unique coupon code will be emailed to you. That coupon code will be used by the lucky recipient to put toward a purchase(s) from The Pan Handler. You may choose to forward the coupon code on to the recipient, or you may request that we send out a physical card as seen in the photos. The card will reflect the amount of merchandise credit that was gifted, along with the coupon code.
The cards are stamped on small Kraft paper cards, placed into a matching envelope as shown in the photos, and tied with a jaunty bow.This will be a great gift for the person who is particular about what piece they want. You give them the store credit, and they get exactly what they want!
Gift cards are good for use until November 30, 2015. No refunds are offered on gift cards or on unused balances. Gift cards may be redeemed only for in-stock merchandise from The Pan Handler.
****GIFT WRAP OPTION****
We offer two gift wrap options. Each costs $7 per piece. Each piece is first protected by bubble wrap (not boxed). It is then either wrapped in burlap or sent along with a gift bag and tissue paper; depending on the option you select.
For both options, we include a tag that has care instructions for vintage cast iron purchased from The Pan Handler. We also include an informational sheet about vintage cast iron purchased from The Pan Handler, so that the recipient knows just how special the gift is that they have just received! With any gift wrap purchase, we are also happy to enclose a handwritten gift note; just let us know in the “customer comments” section of your order that you would like a note, and how you want the note to read.
Rustic Burlap option (for shipment to the gift recipient or to you):
For the rustic burlap gift wrap option, the bubble-wrapped piece is wrapped in burlap cloth or a burlap bag, and tied shut with raffia and / or twine. During November and December, we include a Fair Trade Nepalese felted ornament. Please see the photos below for examples of the rustic gift wrap option.
Kraft Red Berries Holiday Gift Bag option (for shipment to you, only):*
New for the 2014 holiday season, you may purchase a lovely holiday gift bag with three sheets of tissue paper. The gift bags are substantial Kraft paper, with a pretty red cardinal on a branch with red berries. We will select the bag size that fits the bubble-wrapped piece you have purchased and tie a raffia bow onto one of the handles, as shown in the photo below. We will also include three sheets of generously-sized burgundy tissue paper. During November and December, we will also include a Fair Trade Nepalese felted ornament.
The gift bag option is only available for shipment to you; not the gift recipient. With this option, you will need to remove the bubble wrap and place the piece into the gift bag with the tissue paper yourself. If we were to do it, the bag and wrap would arrive all crumpled. We think non-crumpled gift bags look nicer and are more fun for the recipient.
*Please note that not every piece we sell will fit into one of the four sizes of gift bags that we have available. Skillets will fit up to size 12, though with the larger sizes you might see part of the handle poking out unless you cover it with the tissue paper. Gem pans will typically fit. Waffle irons will not fit; long griddles, large kettles and dutch ovens will not typically fit. If we are unable to provide an appropriately-sized gift bag for the piece you have purchased, we will automatically substitute the burlap wrap option.
You are given the option to purchase gift wrap during checkout.
****NEW PRODUCT MADE FOR THE PAN HANDLER – CHAIN MAIL SCRUBBERS****
Just in time for the Holiday season, we are offering a premium-sized 6″ x 7″ stainless steel chain mail scrubber. We tested several different sizes, and had the scrubber made precisely to our specifications. While smaller sizes are less expensive, they were harder for me to use. This is a generously-sized scrubber. Cooks Illustrated Magazine gave chain mail scrubbers their “Recommended” designation in the January / February 2012 issue. I am a new convert! See the video below to see our scrubber in action (hit the speaker on the control bar if you’d like to mute the sound).
****HAND-KNIT AND FELTED 100% WOOL HIGH-QUALITY PANHANDLERS****
We have contracted with a talented knitter to provide us with carefully crafted beautiful custom-fit wool felted panhandlers. The panhandlers are specifically made to fit the vintage skillets that we sell.
Each panhandler is hand-knit using two strands of quality 100% wool yarn. They are then individually felted using a time-consuming decades-old technique. The felting process helps to provide thickness and additional insulation to each panhandler.
After felting, each panhandler is fitted specifically to our cast iron skillets. The panhandlers work as small handle covers to protect your hand from the heat of the cast iron skillet. They are fine, quality, items. We have a limited quantity. You can find them here.