Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cast Iron Collector Corner: "Chicken Fryer" Birmingham Stove and Range Co (BSR)

Image©2013 Rick Beach
Image©2013 Rick Beach
Trying to ID this pan 

Type/Name:    Chicken Fryer Deep Skillet & Lid
Birmingham Stove and Range Co (BSR) *Chris Brown
Model or era name:
History/era: circa (post 1960) when USA was used *Jeff Smith

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This pan is considered a "Chicken Fryer".  Smooth surfaced, more smooth than a modern day Lodge type cast iron.  Flat bottom with no raised heat ring. The bottom is marked at 12 o'clock from the handle with "MADE IN USA".  The bottom is further marked at 6 o'clock with "No.8" and under that "10 5/8 IN".  The handle has an angular ridge on the underside.

There are no visible identifying markings or numbers of any sort, on the lid.  Though on the underside of the lid there is a pattern on dots.  The dots are actually concave dots.  That lid fits the bottom tightly and appears to be an original mate.
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We are very interested in people that still bake and cook with these pieces of Cast Iron Cookware, and hope many of you send us recipes we can test out in ours.  We will post some of the related favorites in this article.

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Remarks from readers providing what they believe to be history, era, etc, will be posted below in red font for others to learn and benefit from.  Also we need your recipes for use in this pan.  Comment on this blog or feel free to email to info@toponautic.com  Thanks so much in advance!

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