Saturday, January 23, 2016

COLLECTING CAST IRON Wagner and Lodge

Both these pieces of Cast Iron where recently picked up at an Estate Sale.  I considered them priced at a premium, nearly retail.  But when they come in the condition these were in, I am willing to pay a little higher.  All the picker, antique, and flea market shows, have made these items really popular.  Look on eBay at some of the prices.  Some of us that have been collecting for years think people are out of their minds.

Both of these are nothing special or vintage.  Common and easily found.  The 10 1/4 inch round skillet (Wagner’s 1891 Original  Series) is often found at garage sales or flea markets in the $5 to $10 range.  Expect double that at an Estate Sale.  No they are not from 1891.  This series of cast iron cookware was produced at the General Housewares' Wagner foundry from 1991 until 1999... until the foundry closed in 1999. 

I like the square LODGE Skillet Griddle.  Both of these pieces will be seasoned several times and then put in my kitchen for everyday use.  I intend to use Crisbee's Seasoning product that I tested for a previous review.  I like the finish it produces.

You can follow this link on Reconditioning & Re-seasoning cast iron if you are looking for tips or methods.







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