This is only the third complete set – i.e. skillet AND lid of the hinged #5 The Pan Handler has ever had. I find that it is somewhat easier to locate the skillet than the lid, and finding a #5 hinged lid is very uncommon.
This set was manufactured by the Griswold Mfg. Co. in Erie, PA in the 1940s. The skillet is marked on the bottom with the small Griswold logo, NO 5, ERIE PA, and the pattern number which is 2505.
The lid has a hook which goes into the holder on the skillet, enabling the lid to be held open from the skillet if you wish. It has a plain high dome. The underside is marked as shown in the photos – GRISWOLD ERIE PA and the pattern number which is 2595. There is also a long patent number. The lid has raised concentric circles which serve to make it self-basting.
The skillet is 8-7/8″ wide at the pouring spouts, and 13-1/8″ long, including the handle and the hinge. It sits flat.
The condition is stunning!
The original milling marks are prominent on the interior walls. They are pristine! The cooking surface is gorgeous, with a glossy black patina. There are some spots of textural variation. But for these I would call this a minty set! There is a casting mark on the underside, likely from sands shifting in the mold. The lid has no scratches or other signs of use. Please see the pictures.
Both pieces have been cleaned to bare iron and heat-seasoned with our special mixture of coconut & canola oils, and beeswax.
The set is ready for use and display.