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It can be challenging to identify pieces that do not have clear maker’s marks on them. Here are tips to help you with your research as you venture into the world of vintage cast iron skillet identification.
On some smaller pans, you may see a tiny numeral on the bottom of the handle.
In my experience, these seem to be limited to the numbers 1 through 4.
An article in “The Kansan” reports that manufacturers of cast iron during that period polished it in a drum or turned it on a lathe to make cooking surfaces smooth.” For a good Griswold time line with how the company was passed down see some point, around the 1950s, manufacturers began to use dimensional descriptions on the pieces, such as “10 5/8 IN.” or “6-1/2 Inch Skillet” spelled out.