Iron dating

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GENERAL TIPS FOR DETERMINING THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE Does the pan have a gate mark?

Instead, they may have been marked “ERIE.” If a piece has only the word “ERIE” on it, it was likely made in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s by the Griswold Manufacturing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania. The distinctive handle shape easily identifies Iron Mountain skillets.Absent markings on the pan, it is often impossible to identify the maker of a gate marked piece.There were many cast iron foundries in the 1800s, and many did not put maker’s marks on their wares.There are also very knowledgeable and passionate long-time collectors out there who have a vast amount of information about vintage and antique cast iron cookware.Most are happy to share their knowledge with beginning cast iron enthusiasts.

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