The Pan Handler sells the finest in vintage and antique collectible cast iron cookware. We have been featured in Taste of the South (Jan./Feb. 2015 cast iron issue), 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!
We have several different options available for when you are purchasing a gift. You may select one or more of the options at checkout.
- Descriptive Gift Enclosure ($3):
With this option, we include a hang tag with care instructions imprinted on the back of the tag. We also include a page that identifies the piece (e.g. “Griswold Large Block Logo with Heat Ring Skillet no. 10, product number 716, manufactured by the Griswold Mfg. Co. in Erie, PA between 1930 and 1939”), tells the recipient just how special and collectible the piece is, how it has been painstakingly cleaned and seasoned, and proper use and care.We also include a “to / from” and any gift note language you wish to include. Please let us know via customer notes how you want the note to read, and be sure to include “to whom” and “from whom”.
- Gift Wrap ($15)
We offer two types of gift wrap. Our most popular is our rustic burlap wrap. This option includes a burlap bag or wrap, tied shut with raffia and twine. In November and December, we attach a Fair Trade Nepalese felted holiday ornament (the white bird ornament is representative only; we have several different ornaments – please let us choose). The piece is first wrapped in bubble wrap and then wrapped in burlap or placed in a burlap bag; it is not boxed. Please see the photos below for examples of the rustic gift wrap option.
Our second option is a lovely Kraft gift bag imprinted with berries and birds (we will choose the appropriate size), as shown in the photo below. We will also include tissue paper and a raffia tie on the handle of the bag. In November and December, we also tie a Fair Trade Nepalese felted holiday ornament to the bag.
Please note that the gift bag option is only appropriate for gifts sent to you for later delivery to the recipient. You will need to place the piece in the tissue and bag. If we were to do that prior to shipping, it would arrive all crumbly. We think that crumbly gift bags do not look as nice as crisp gift bags.
Our bags will fit most but not all of the pieces that we sell. If we do not have a bag to properly fit the particular gift purchased, we will automatically substitute the burlap wrap option.
- Rush Shipping and Rush Handling: We now offer rush shipping – 1 or 2-day delivery, for a hefty fee. The cost is hefty because shipping is darn pricey for cast iron. If the cost is more than that listed, we will invoice for the additional amount. If it is more than $5 less, we will refund the excess. If you select rush shipping, we include rush handling.
- Rush handling: If you select rush handling, we will package and drop ship your purchase within 24 hours of the time of payment for your order. Bear in mind that on weekends, FedEx and USPS have limited pickups. While we will deliver the package to FedEx or USPS, we can’t control when they deliver.