Griswold Cast Iron – Histroy, Value, Identify Guide In 2021

No matter the purpose of owning your Griswold cast iron items, there are certain facts you need to be aware of. First of all, they are highly valuable, collectible, and rare. That makes this particular cookware highly desirable for real collectors and American history lovers. Believe it or not, its history goes back to the 19th century when many kitchen items were handmade.

Since these pieces are of high quality, have a good reputation, and two centuries durability, many chefs, cooks, and housewives still prepare their meals in Griswold cast iron cooking dishes. Most of them refuse to replace them with contemporary cooking equipment because they disapprove of the theory that modern is better. Let’s discover the reason for their attitude.

Quick Summary: Griswold Cast Iron Markings

1. Griswold cast iron skillet with Erie logo 

1880-1907

2. Griswold cast iron with Diamond logo

1905-1906

3. Griswold Slant Logo with heat ring and no EPU

1906-1916

4. Griswold Slant logo with EPU and heat ring

1906-1926

5. Griswold Slant logo cast iron without Erie

1909-1920

6.  Large block logo with heat ring and no italic lettering

 1920-1930

7. Large block logo without heat ring and italic lettering

1930-1939

8. Griswold Large slant logo without heat ring

1939-1944

9. Griswold cast iron with Small block logo

1939-1957

History of Griswold Cast Iron

The origin of Griswold cookware dates back to 1865 when the Selden and Griswold families from Pennsylvania transformed a small family Butt Factory into a new business.

The founders were Matthew Griswold and his cousins J.C and Samuel Selden. In the beginning, they made door hinges. Soon after, in the 1870s, they expanded their business to dishes, which became the most respectful iron cast cookware all over the world very soon.

History Of Griswold Cast Iron
Matthew Griswold 1833-1919

Since the original factory established in Erie, Pennsylvania, most cooking items you can find on the market have an ERIE mark at the bottom. In fact, the ERIE logo was the first one that they used for their cookware.

After Matthew Griswold paid off the Selden family in 1884, a horrible fire devastated the factory. Without hesitation, Mr. Griswold rebuilt the facilities and called the new business Griswold Manufacturing Company. Since then, it became very successful and got the status of one of the most respected companies for cast iron production in the US.

The overall success and accomplishments of this company lasted until 1957. From the founding to that moment, the Griswold Manufacturing Company supplied the Americans with a significant amount of most elegant iron casts pans, pots, waffle irons, and many other cooking pieces of equipment.

Date Griswold Skillet with Logos

As the company grew and changed throughout the time, the logos and markings on the skillets, pots, and other cookware also changed. Although markings can be a bit confusing, logos are pretty straightforward, and you can connect them to years of manufacturing. Thus, they give us an accurate time perspective of the products this company made over time.

1. Griswold Cast Iron Erie logo (1880-1907)

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Erie logo Griswold skillet has 6 known series

As I have already mentioned, the ERIE logo was the first, and we can connect it with a period from 1880 to 1907. Many collectors love the first phase of iron cast cookware production, and they are willing to give a lot of money for items made in that period.

2. Griswold diamond logo (1905-1906)

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Griswold Diamond logo with reinforcement heat ring

Next in line is Griswold Erie, well-known as the Griswold diamond logo. It was famous for only one year, and you can find it on cookware made from 1905 to 1906. Therefore, the items from that period are highly valuable and collectible.

3. Griswold Slant Logo with heat ring and no EPU (1906-1916)

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EPU is short for “ERIE PA., U. S. A.”, there is no EPU marking under the Griswold Slant Logo

The new change came from 1906 to 1916 when the items got a new look and famous circle-cross Slant Logo. The cross in the circle was printed on the dishes over a long period, while the ERIE sign appeared at only a limited series of skillets and pots.

4. Griswold Slant logo with EPU and heat ring (1906-1926)

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EPU is short for “ERIE PA., U. S. A.”

It was not unusual that some logos overlapped in that period. Therefore, you can find another Slant Logo with EPU in the period from 1906 to 1926. The EPU is short for Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Until then, all the logos had the sign Erie, PA, USA, but from then on, they got the short version EPU.

5. Griswold Slant logo without Erie (1909-1920)

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Griswold Slant logo without “ERIE” marking

The change came once again in the period from 1909 to 1920. In that period, the company printed logos on the bottom without the Erie sign. As you can see, that was the third variation for the same period.

6. Griswold Large block logo with heat ring and no italic lettering (1920-1930)

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“GRISWOLD” marking is not italic lettering

From 1920 to 1939, people could find cookware with a large block logo and two different markings. The one from 1920 to1930 didn’t contain italic lettering.

7. Large block logo without heat ring and italic lettering (1930-1939)

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Griswold large block logo cast iron skillet without heat ring

The other was circa large block logo from 1930 to 1939. Somewhere in that period, the large block logo on the cookware without a heat ring appeared. Don’t worry if you have one of those. It is not fake but just another crazy variation.

8. Griswold Large slant logo without heat ring (1939-1944)

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Griswold large slant logo skillet has italic lettering marking

Large slant logo Griswold appeared somewhere between 1939 and 1944. The difference from other cookware was that they didn’t have a heat ring.

9. Small block logo Griswold (1939-1957)

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The logo is smaller than before, and the marking under the logo is “ERIE PA.”

The last one is the small block logo. It was characteristic of Griswold iron cast cookware made in the period from 1939 to 1957.

Markings

Apart from logos, the Griswold iron cast pans and cooking items changed markings over time. Many experts and collectors agreed that they were not essential as they were part of the factory’s molds. They were not connected with the quality or uniqueness of the products.

Marks represented information about manufacturing. Thanks to them, you can determine how many items were made by the same worker, the number of molds, and the makings of different pots.

For example, AS was the mark for All-Star Pan, CF for Chicken Fryer, CK for Country Kettle, SK for Skillet, SP for Sauce Pan or Stew Pan, and so on.

Purpose of Griswold Cast Iron

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Cooking at high temperatures is sometimes crucial to get crispy and crunch food. Griswold cast iron cookware can withstand high temperatures for a long time, and you can’t cool them down quickly. That means the frying oil will stay hot inside these dishes for a long time.

Even though you add some cold oil or liquid in their cast iron pan, you won’t be able to lower the temperature for a while. That way, you will save more energy than by using any other fry pan.

The advantage of these models is that they are far lighter than cast iron pans produced nowadays. Every experienced cooking expert will tell you how essential it is for the skillet to be light and practical. Since you need to make many moves and hold it in one hand while cooking, you will get tired soon if it is too heavy.

In the past, people were more practical as they had small kitchens, or they often moved from one place to another. That is why the Griswold pans were a bit deeper, and people used them as a fry pan and cooking pot at the same time. Nowadays, we can’t pack our modern households in just one cart. It is unbelievable, isn’t it?

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Furthermore, the Griswold company was making pots, pans, and other items to match all kinds of heat sources. You can use them for cooking your meal on an open fire, on the electric burner, or an old-fashioned wood stove.

Keep in mind that the old-fashioned woodstoves used to have openings, and people could fit Griswold iron cast cookware there to cook food on an open fire. Also, these dishes were convenient for preparing food on a grill.

For all those reasons, you shouldn’t throw away the old Griswold cast iron pans if you have any. They can last in your family for generations if appropriately maintained.

Types of Griswold Cast Iron Cooking Items

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The most spread and widely popular are Griswold cast iron pans and skillets. They are a synonym for the mouth-watering crispy food. The reason is that they are basically non-stick pans that can endure the high temperatures necessary for frying.

However, they are not the only popular and highly appreciated items that Griswold offers. You can also find Griswold iron cast pots of different sizes, skillets, grinding mills, Dutch ovens, and waffle baking irons.

All of them are antiques, and you can either use them for cooking or display for the exhibit. Either way, they are popular cooking items that people gladly buy all around the world.

Sizing of Griswold Cast Iron Cooking Items

You can see different numbers on Griswold cast iron cookware. They represent various measures. The ones you can find on the handles show the size of the pot’s bottom diameter.

Keep in mind that people used wood stoves with openings mainly made for this cookware. Therefore, the diameter is a measure of these openings. The stoves changed over time, but the skillets and pots didn’t. So, the numeration stayed the same as it used to be.

The recommendation is to use your ruler to detect the pan or pot’s actual size as they can be different from the bottom to the top. For example, the mark for a 12-inch Lodge skillet is L10SK3. According to the manufacturer, the L10SK3 fitted with the number 10 stove opening. Therefore, you should measure the desired cookware yourself and buy accordingly.

Summary

The value and practicality of owning an original Griswold iron cast item will pay off once you start using it. It is a valuable part of the American people’s heritage and history, but you can also earn some money if you stumble on this type of cookware in your attic or basement.

55 thoughts on “Griswold Cast Iron – Histroy, Value, Identify Guide In 2021”

  1. I have a Griswold’s Erie skillet. I believe it is very rare, because of the apostrophe S.
    I think it is a transition piece between Erie and Griswold.
    I would like to know how to determine it’s value.

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  2. Hello..I have griswold cast iron skillet that was matched No.6. The only exception is that on the bottom is 704P. Anything else you might be able to tell me.

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    • Can you check carefully if it’s a No.6, cause Griswold No.8 is 704, and the 704P was just a numbering pattern, 704 being the size of the cast iron, and the letter the mold in which that skillet was made. They would make several skillets at the same time & each mold was labelled a letter, so that they could match the skillets to the molds they were made in, in case there was a defect, they knew which mold A.B or C had the defect!
      measure the skillet
      No. 6 is 9 1/8 inches on the Top & 7 1/2 on bottom

      No. 8 is 10 5/8 inches on the Top & 8 7/8 on the bottom

      Griswold’s pattern numbering system is a little more cryptic, with the numbers appearing to have nothing to do with the size. A size #6 Griswold skillet, for example, is pattern number “699”, a size #7 is pattern “701”, and a size #8 is pattern “704”. “

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  3. I have a bean pot with Griswold on bottom and the number 6 plus under the logo is the number 788 and it Erie as well. I am wondering what type of pot it is and how old it is. Also what it may be worth.

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    • If you want to get a feel for it’s value you may want to search eBay and see what the market is currently. I own a large collection that I’ve had for several years and I was shocked in how much they have appreciated.

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  4. I inherited an Eerie cast iron skillet #8. Just to the top right of the 8 is a small circled six-petal flower. Just curious of its value. Any info or assist?

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  5. My name is Larry Fox I have a Griswold frying pan my mother gave me that’s got Erie and eight and a spider on it and I was trying to find out what it was worth and possibly selling it my father-in-law told me that he thought it might be a rare one

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    • From what I know, the Spider logo was a logo that they used very briefly and it isn’t entirely certain why they did in the first place. It’s incredibly rare and worth a ton of money.

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    • Larry,
      They all are rare Griswold and Wagner, The biggest reason they couldn’t continue manufacturing was the quality standard by machining the interior surface, and the WW2. The did merge with Wagner but in time had to close shop.
      The Stamp casting on bottom will pretty much tell when it was cast. Kike all antique the vale will be condition verse age, and how well it was maintained. I you see one that’s almost like new the price is un believable,,
      How ever some are way over priced as owners think they have the gold one,, By the way there were several companies along with Griswold and Wagner day that also had Cast iron skillets and pots, i suggest get a catalog I believe one was called THE IRON WORKS and of course Lodge
      cam along , But dot think Lodge ever machined there’s, never saw one any way,

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      • question,i have a griswold griddle #9 with 909 one that bottom & i cant seem to find anything about it,was woundering if you mite have an idea or where to point me to see what it is worth or any info would help Thank’s Jim

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  6. I have a question about a Griswold skillet are there any with a small emblem that did not have Erie PA on them and had made in the USA below the the cross with Griswold in the center emblem? I wish I could post a picture here.

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  7. The bottom of my Griswold looks nothing like the examples. It has the logo in the center and says “11 1/4 inch skillet,” followed by two letters I can’t read. (EI, the letter eye). What year was it made?

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  8. I have a first series “Erie” #10 and it is beautiful. I couldn’t believe how lightweight the pan was when I first used it. The quality of the casting and the heat ring means I can even grab the bare handle with my hand and it’ll be warm to the touch instead of scalding.

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  9. I discovered I have an ERIE pot with a lid. The number stamped on the bottom in the middle is, I believe, 885 with the number I think 7 0 on the bottom.
    If it were cleaned and seasoned it would look pretty good.
    What might be its value?

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  10. I have quite a bit of Griswold, Lodge and Wagner. I have a Griswold 8, 704 that was my grandmother’s and the entire outside and the bottom appear to be chromed. I cannot find any information on this. Any thoughts on this beautiful skillet?

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  11. All pictures I have seen of the Griswolds have all been smooth sided. The deep pan my Grandma gave me has a chipped look. It has the small block logo with the Erie. I cherish this pan. Lots of love cooked in that pan and that still continues.

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  12. I have a 12” cast iron skillet and it is marked 14” skillet on the bottom. What can you tell me about it ? It also has a B on the bottom of the handle. Wish I could send a picture of it

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  13. I am interested in learning anything you can tell me about my 7″ tall X 10 1/2″ diameter Griswold pot. It has a ring on one side, a bail, lacks a heat rim, and is marked as follows on the bottom: 9 at the top, circles and cross with slanted GRISWOLD in the middle (outer circle about 3 1/8″ in diameter), “ERIE” below that, and 812 at the bottom. I did not see any ERIE in quotes in any of the photos you presented and I am curious about what significance, if any, this variant in marks might have. Just made Ham Bone Potato Soup in the pot and it was great! Many thanks. Eloise—

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  14. The spider logo Erie is the most rare and in some cases had sold for upward of $10,000. I have an Erie #9 from the Kate 1800’s and an early Griswold #9 1906-1916 era. The Erie #9 is thinner and therefore lighter. I imagine that Griswold started making their pans slightly thicker to keep them from cracking or warping. Both pans are amazing. I use them to sear steak and fish.
    To the person who owns the spider logo, my advice is to hold on to it if it has have sentimental value. If it doesn’t, sell it and get an 1800’s Erie for way less money. There isn’t enough of a difference in the pan itself that allows it to cook better. Nothing. It’s just that they only made a few of those and they are extremely rare. Best of luck everyone!

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  15. I have a ‘2’ griswold pan, block logo, heat ring, style looks to be from 1920-1930 time period. The 2 is stamped on the back of the handle. I can’t find any mention of a 2 from this time period, though I do see 2’s from earlier than the 20’s. Anyone aware of the potential value for this? Thanks!

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  16. I have a “ERIE
    ? Scotch kettle
    Can’t make out
    (LTo ). MAR
    with a 2 like figure on the bottom
    Where can I get info to identify it?

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  17. I have a Number 0 cast Iron Griswold, #562 with a heat ring. It’s very cute; no pitting.
    I’d like to sell it. What would be a fair price?

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  18. I have a deep cast iron skillet with the small Griswold trademark. It is stamped with a NO. 80 above the trademark, the only other stamped symbol is a large 8 on the top where the handle necks into the body. As the is no stamped Erie PA, the bottom is flat with no heat ring. So the question is, is this a real Griswold or counterfeit?

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  19. Love the interest of cast iron Griswold, Wagner, etc., I’m so glad I found this site! I will be checking even more closely on our pot collections now! We have some Griswold, Wagner and others… As well as a big collection of huge Jambalya pots….. Louisiana
    Thanks!

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  20. I have a Griswold waffle iron and I have not been able to find any information concerning that product. The waffle iron is probably 100 years old. I want to know if they hold any value as the frying pans do. The waffle iron has a large square block Cross on each side of the press which sits over a hollow stand.

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  21. I have a beautiful aluminum pitcher that is marked Griswold Erie, PA USA. Small block lettering in the cross. I cannot find any info on it. Can you help? thanks in advance

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  22. I have a Griswald #9, no heat ring, with Griswald in a cross in center bottom. Also, says Cast Iron Skillet across top and ERIE, PA., U.S.A. and 710 S at bottom. I am trying to determine the age. I inherited it from my mother but don’t know if it was hers originally or belonged to her mother. If anyone can help me ‘date’ the skillet, I would be so grateful. It has a nice self basting lid and makes the BEST roasts! Will never part with it. We have four sons who all cook and it will stay in the family, for sure. Thanks again for any and all information.

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  23. Q: ‘ have top to a Griswold Chicken Fryer. logo is inside center basting ring, post WWII. Above
    center logo ring SELF BASTING, below center ring looks like an 8. All marks are very difficult
    to read. They seem to be covered with a gray residue. It is very difficult to remove. There is
    an oval decorative area cast under handle. Very fine casting of handle and top. Can inside of
    top be cleaned (stripped) to reveal markings? ‘ have tried Oven Off with limited success.

    Suggestions ? Thank you.

    John

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  24. In what era were waffle makers made with no logo but just the name Griswold in small letters on the base where the handle meets the frame?

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  25. I was givin a griswold no ten cast iron tite top dutch over this is what the top says the underside of the lid says griswold inside of a cross patented feb 10 1920 erie pa u s a 2553 with a capital a under the 2553 after further in spec the the pot on the bottom says wagner ware sydney -0- round roaster 1270 c i was curious if this hurt the value with them being different the lid fits tite as a glove ?

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  26. I need to revise my last post on the pot it also says round roaster and the number On the bottom is 1270B not 1270c im having a hard time finding this pot and number to compare it and get a value thanks

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  27. I have a griswold number 502 outdoor 2 burner gas cooking plate. I am trying to find replacement parts for the gas orifice and handles. I would also like to find a catalog or a parts list for the 502

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  28. I have a Griswold pot and it doesn’t fit the guide you have put up. (The guide is great by the way.) Large Italic Logo, no heat ring, marked “Erie” with a 9 at the top and 834B at the bottom. Any guesses if it is rare?

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  29. I have a large iron meat grinder marked Puritan III and wondered if it was a Griswold or if anyone could tell me the approximate age. I’m 70 and still using it quite often. While I was cleaning it and putting it away today, I wondered just how old it might be.

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