G&CICA: The Cast Iron

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  1. In 1865, two Erie families associated by marriage, joined in a modest venture to manufacture door hinges. The Selden and Griswold union paved the way for The Griswold Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania, recognized world wide as producers of fine cast iron products, especially cookware.

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  2. On July 21, 1891, Milton and Bernard Wagner organized a partnership, and formed the Wagner Manufacturing Company in Sidney, Ohio.They started with cast iron hollow ware and added nickel-plated ware in 1892.

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  3. Sometime in the 1890ís, Joseph Lodge founded a company in South Pittsburg, Tennessee for the manufacture of cast iron hollowware named the Blacklock Foundry. In 1910, the foundry burned down and was rebuilt. The Blacklock Foundry was incorporated and named Lodge Manufacturing Company at that time.

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  4. Enter here for a list of other well known Cast Iron Manufactures. If you don't see the one you are looking for ask for it to be added. If it is unknown then try posting it in the next topic down for help in identifying it.

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    1. American Brass & Iron (Oakland, California) ventured into cast iron cookware sometime during their long history in the foundry business, discontinuing this particular venture about 1980 and redirecting their efforts to iron pipe.

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    2. In 1889, the year that Benjamin Harris look office as President of the United States, the Atlanta Stove Works brought to Atlanta a revolutionary idea in the field of cooking, the Barrett Range, made of cast iron, would burn wood or coal and the fire looped around the oven before going out the flue.

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    3. Founded in 1898 Atlanta Stove Works made stoves & ranges. In 1902, the owners started Birmingham Stove & Range in Birmingham, Alabama to make stoves and hollowware . They sold their hollowware through their Atlanta foundry until it closed in 1957, then through Birmingham Stove & Range while keeping the Atlanta trade marks

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    4. In 1900 the Chicago Hardware Foundry Company opened. In 1934 they bought the cookware line from Favorite Stove and Range.

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    5. The Favorite Stove and Range Company officially opened on February 25, 1889 in Piqua, Ohio. They produced hollow ware and the line included gem pans, kettles, griddles and skillets. They did extensive porcelainizing, especially in blue.

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    7. The Sidney Hollow Ware Company was originally located in Sidney, Ohio. At that time their name was P. Smith, Bro. & Co. They manufactured kettles, stoves, bells and machinery. They started manufacturing hollow ware in 1886 or shortly before that time period.

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    8. In 1874. the Sheboygan Cast Steel Company was formed doing general foundry work. In 1876, they perfected a porcelain enamel process. They started selling enameled cast iron utensils, and the public demanded more.

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    9. On July 9, 1903, the Wapak Hollow Ware Company started business in Wapakoneta, Ohio. They are mostly recognized for their Indian Head skillets.

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  5. Many pieces are unmarked and go unidentified. Let's use this subtopic to keep track of those pieces until they can be identified and moved to the correct subtopic.

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