The Pan Handler sells fine vintage and antique cast iron cookware. Our brands include Griswold, Wagner, Wapak, Favorite, and Lodge, as well as a variety of other manufacturers. 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 highest quality vintage cast iron available. Our goal is to provide top quality and customer satisfaction.
We source and obtain quality vintage collectible 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: HAND-KNIT AND FELTED 100% WOOL QUALITY PANHANDLERS****
We recently contracted with a talented knitter to provide us with carefully crafted beautiful custom-fit wool felted panhandlers. We are selling them for $11 each. 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.
****GIFT WRAP OPTION****
We offer rustic gift wrap for an additional $7 per piece. Each piece is protected by bubble wrap (not boxed) and then wrapped in burlap cloth or bags, and tied with raffia or twine. Please see the photos below for examples of the rustic gift wrap option.
You are given the option to purchase gift wrap during checkout. When gift wrap is purchased, we also include directions for care of vintage cast iron pieces purchased from The Pan Handler. For Griswold pieces, we also include a document stating the age of the piece and the story behind the Griswold Manufacturing Company.