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Serving The Wabash Valley From
Terre Haute, Indiana Since 1994

Rescued Iron

While there is nothing wrong with newer cast iron, I am intrigued with the thought of using a piece of cookware made 50 to 100 years ago. Looking at a piece of vintage cast iron causes me to think of the companies who manufactured the cookware, the people who made the cookware in factories that would be considered substandard today, and the people who used the cookware on cast iron wood and coal fired stoves. What started as a hobby, quickly became an obsession. I am always on the hunt for old cast iron in need of restoring to its usability. I strip the pans of crud, rust and built up layers of seasoning down to the bare metal and then apply between 3 and 5 coats of seasoning. Most pieces restore to a like new condition, while some have some pitting. The minor pitting is no worse than the roughness of the newer cast iron and the seasoning fills in the roughness. Another problem with cast iron is the warping (called a spinner) of the bottom due to overheating. While cooking on a flat surface like an electric range top can be a challenge, cooking on a gas stove or over a campfire is less problematic. Any defects in the cookware I have for sale will be stated in the listing.

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American Foundry & Mfg. Co Trivet
Previously the Plueger & Henger Mfg. Co, it was renamed the American Foundry & Mfg. Co. in 1909.
This trivet dates to the early 1900's.
Approx. 5 3/4" X 4 1/8"


Royal Iron Mfg. Co. Trivet
Big Prairie, OH
Approx. 5 3/4" X 4 1/8"
This trivet is warped downwards but since it sits flat on its three legs I am not sure whether it was made that way or not.


Laclede Mfg. Co.,
St. Louis, Mo
#7 Sad Iron with Unmarked Trivet


IXL Sad Iron with Unmarked Trivet


Chicago Hardware & Foundry Hammered Toy Skillet/Salesman's Sample #1
Approx. 4 1/2" X 3".


Wagner Ware
Sidney Ohio
Approx. 10 1/4" X 7".
Has some pitting to the 12 to 2 o'clock area. Located to area near the skillet sidewall. Has a flat base.


Possible BSR Plumbers Crucible / Lead Ladle
#8 Stamped to back of handle
Approx. 8 3/4" X 4 3/4"


Chicago Hardware & Foundry #10

Approx. 17" X 12 3/4"
Pitting 11 to 7 o'clock and 9 o'clock. Located to area near the skillet sidewall.
I cooked in this skillet half way through seasoning as a test and it performed wonderfully.


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The General Paperweight
Approx. 4 1/2" X 1 1/2""


Lamppost Drunk Bottle Opener
Approx. 4 1/4" X 2 1/2"


Interstate Castings Lampost Advertising Paperweight
Indianapolis, IN
Approx. 5" X 2 1/2"


Metalart Diamond Jim Bartender Can & Bottle Opener
Approx. 4 3/4" X 2 3/8"
Loss of paint and chrome plating to opener.


10 1/2" Skillet
Approx. 15" X 11"
Although an import from Taiwan, this is a lighter weight, smooth bottom skillet. Utensil scratches to cooking surface that affect nothing. I believe it to be a quality piece. Has a very, very slight warp to base.


Lodge #3 Skillet
Approx. 10" X 6 5/8"
Has a little pitting to the 8 o'clock area. Located to area near the skillet sidewall. Has a very, very slight warp to base.


Lodge Skillet #8
Approx. 15 1/8" X 8 1/4"
Flat base.