How to identify cast iron cookware marks
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Things you will need
- cast iron cookware
- Reprints, catalogues or antique guides
Tips and warnings
Check dealers and collectors club catalogues and websites to find markings that match the stampings on your pieces. Putting a value on your pieces can be as easy as finding an identical piece at an antique mall or as involved as finding an expert to give you an appraisal. Search patiently and get as much information about cast iron cookware as you can before dealing with an antique or collectable dealer who might want to buy it. Never dispose of a good old cast iron pan. Most old pans, even painted and rusted, are reclaimable, and many cooks swear by them as the best cookware available. "Newer" cast iron (after 1950) is considered inferior to the older, harder "black" cast iron and much of it is amazingly light.
As with any collectibles, cast iron (even Griswold or Wagner Ware) is only worth what people are willing to pay for it. A quick check on eBay will confirm that pieces that are overpriced by their owners draw few bids.
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