This is a gorgeous little pan that was manufactured by the Lodge Manufacturing Company in the 1930’s. It is in excellent vintage condition. The Lodge name is not on the pan, it is identified by the one-notch heat ring and the number 3 and the molder’s mark I on the bottom of the pan.
The pan measures 6-1/4″ in diameter, and it is 1-3/8″ tall. It sits flat. Milling marks are visible on the interior walls, which leads me to conclude this pan has had little use. The cooking surface is satin black with just a few very light marks. Right now the skillet has only one layer of seasoning; this pan will even out even more with additional use and seasoning. It is gorgeous.
No. 3 skillets are very versatile – I cook my fried eggs in them, and they can be used for individual servings of macaroni and cheese, or a giant skillet cookie! I put a bunch of ideas of what you can do with them on my blog here. I also have some fun examples below (not of this particular pan).
I cleaned this pan to bare iron and seasoned it with one coat of Crisco vegetable shortening. It is ready for use and display!