These would either be in addition to or, in some cases, instead of the traditional size numbers.
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.
For efficiency, small pieces would be sometimes be cast in groups simultaneously in the same sand mold. Multiple identical patterns were arranged so that a single pour of molten metal filled all the cavities in a process known as a gang mold. Just as with pattern letters, the small but unique number let quality control know if there was a problem pattern.
Some makers appear to have used a dot or multiple dots in similar fashion. I have a Wagner Ware about a 6 in skillet.
The wagner and ware are fancy script and the Sidney is straight type. It has D.
About how old is this pan? The logo has the curved W, and is located at the top. Would the same date range be valid? I shared the pic at https: I have an old cast iron camp stove with no name on it. The only markings are 8 M on the bottom near the edge. I just got my first Wagner Ware today and am having a hard time learning more about it.
Any help would be much appreciated. Seems to me this dates to era.
Very little use been in storage for many years. I hope someone can help me. It is very lightweight And is obviously very old.
It is a 8 skillet. There is no ring on the bottom but has 3 dots, bumps , not sure what they would be called, but apparently served the same purpose as the rings to hold them in place on a wood stove.
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You also may find a size marking a number on the bottom or the handle that can help pinpoint your skillet's age. For example, Griswold began making skillets in sizes 5 through 12 in Examine the skillet's surface. A shiny surface may indicate that the skillet is nickel-plated, a process that came into use around In the s the outside of many cast iron skillets were covered with porcelain.
Skillets with two-toned porcelain overlays on both the inside and outside were new in the s. A scooped handle includes a smooth recess for gripping around the handle's hole and is typical of early skillets.
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Later pieces use a rib handle, which does not have a beveled recess. Wood handles also were used from approximately until the turn of the century, but frequently dried out, cracked or burned with use.