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Photos of Cleaning Start to Finish: Erie Second Series no. 9 Cast Iron Skillet

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I acquired a Griswold “ERIE” second series skillet no. 9. This is a very old pan; manufactured between 1886 and 1892 by the Griswold Mfg. Co. in Erie, PA. The “ERIE” skillets are highly prized; they have lovely thin walls, heat rings, and are great cookers.

When I obtained the pan, it looked like this:

"ERIE" second series cast iron pan no. 9, as found.

“ERIE” second series cast iron pan no. 9, as found.

"ERIE" second series no. 9 cast iron skillet, as found.

“ERIE” second series no. 9 cast iron skillet, as found.

We put the skillet in the lye bath and let the lye work its magic on the crud-encrusted pan. Linda is our post-lye-bath cleaner, and she worked on this pan at least twice. Oftentimes, when pans are particularly cruddy, Linda will let the pan soak for a while (sometimes weeks), pull it out and rinse it, then scrub with stainless steel brushes or scrubbies and Dawn blue dish detergent. Rinse again, and back into the lye for the lye to finish removing the crud. It is not unusual for this process to be repeated many times. Linda is very particular about the pans she cleans; she is proud of her work and wants her work to reflect that pride.

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Linda at work cleaning the skillet after lye bath.

Bottom of pan after lye bath.

Bottom of pan after lye bath.

Maisie the Maltese likes to help Linda clean.

Maisie the Maltese likes to supervise Linda as she cleans.

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It appears that Maisie is trying to get Linda’s attention to point out an issue that Maisie has with Linda’s methodology.

Once the pans are finished being bathed and scrubbed by Linda, they are off to the electrolysis tank for rust (and stubborn crud) removal. You can learn more about electrolysis here.

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Post-lye, pre-electrolysis

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After electrolysis, I again use elbow grease, Dawn, and necessary tools to clean the pan. Rinse well, dry thoroughly, and season. You can find more information about my cleaning and seasoning process here.

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Cleaned, seasoned, ready to list!

 

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BEAUTIFUL pan.