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Old cast iron cookware #7442108 02/23/19 04:41 AM
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I added another pan to my collection. It is the oldest one I have now. It looks to be a 3 legged spider pan, by my little bit of knowledge. It is only marked with a gate mark and a raised 2 on the bottom side of the handle. It seems to be in good condition without any holes or cracks. It is rough on the outside has a few rough spots on the inside from the mold, no where near as smooth as my old wagners or BSRís. I plan on cleaning it up and seasoning it. I was originally thinking late 1800ís, but the only ones Iíve seen like this without a hole in the handle date back even earlier. It has very little rust,all on the surface only. . I know the ones with only a gate mark can be hard to identify, but any other ideas or info?

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Re: Old cast iron cookware [Re: amick] #7442117 02/23/19 04:51 AM
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Nothing anywhere near that old.... thatís a neat find!


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If you are on Facebook search for "cast iron cooking", there are some of really knowledgeable people on there, just step lightly, there are also a plenty of idiots.


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Facebook cast iron groups will give you the info. My mom retired in 02 and one of her hobbies has became cast iron. I have no idea how many pieces sheís obtained but I have over 20 from her ďcollectingĒ. Treat it right in restoration and it can be a piece you use and love. I have several over a 100 years old that get used. My favorite is a round griddle that appears hand hammered. Perfect for pancakes at around 8Ē.

Now that the Facebook groups are out there mom has researched and documented all her pieces. As stated above, these people are serious, you canít [censored] them.

Re: Old cast iron cookware [Re: amick] #7442167 02/23/19 10:21 AM
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I enjoy my cast iron. Don't have much and it only goes back to the 60s/ 70s. Fun to know ya have something that will last multiple lifetimes with a minimum of care.

Re: Old cast iron cookware [Re: amick] #7442177 02/23/19 12:30 PM
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Great find, show pics after it is cleaned and seasoned please up


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Re: Old cast iron cookware [Re: amick] #7442268 02/23/19 03:05 PM
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Piece of American history. Please show us the refurbished results.


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Re: Old cast iron cookware [Re: amick] #7442276 02/23/19 03:23 PM
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Very cool find. Looking forward to the after pics

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Originally Posted by bucksnbass357
Very cool find. Looking forward to the after pics


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Re: Old cast iron cookware [Re: amick] #7442346 02/23/19 05:02 PM
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I collect cast iron cookware, mostly Griswald. Iíve never seen a piece like that. Very nice! The feet are gonna make it pretty useless though. Sandblast it, wash in soapy water, rinse and put it on a hot gas grill and season it with lard. Just lard.


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Originally Posted by Cast
I collect cast iron cookware, mostly Griswald. I’ve never seen a piece like that. Very nice! The feet are gonna make it pretty useless though. Sandblast it, wash in soapy water, rinse and put it on a hot gas grill and season it with lard. Just lard.


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The first round of the initial cleaning is done. It really doesnít need anything to aggressive, plus Iím going at it with kid gloves and trying not to do any damage.
All Iíve done so far is diluted vinegar and a synthetic scouring pad. The minor rust came off easy and all thatís left should come off with more elbow grease. It is pretty pitted on the bottom, but the sides are still in nice shape and there are no cracks,holes or damage.
As Cast said, it will not be used as often as others, but, I donít own any cast iron I donít use...even if only occasionally.
I have gone to seasoning with avocado oil for most of my pans, but this one will be getting lard. It just seems right.
Here it is and also a pic to compare it to a pre-1960ís finish on a Birmingham Stove and Range pan that I seasoned last weekend.

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I know itís not the most entertaining thread, but it is the off season.

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Search "using molasses for rust removal". I think the mix is 9 to 1, but look to be sure. Plenty of instructions on Google.


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That BS&R looks like my Momís. Smooth and slick from all the stirriní stir


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When my grandpa passed and all the Will conversations started, Mom was talking about her house. I told her ďI donít want this place! I just want the skilletsĒ. She just laughed


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Awesome find. 200 + years of history there. I too am a cast iron junky and cook with nothing else


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Knotted cup brush, on an angle grinder will clean anything off steel or cast iron.


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Re: Old cast iron cookware [Re: amick] #7443351 02/25/19 02:35 AM
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I finished the seasoning on it this evening. I did two rounds and I think it turned out nice. So far, no one is able to identify the year or maker. This is expected with no makers mark. There were tons of people making cast iron during the 1800ís and in to the 1900ís. Anybody (mainly blacksmiths) could buy molds and start making them.
This one is pretty rough and a simple design. Most guesses seem to fall in the mid 1800ís. There are quite a few of the ďspider pansĒ out there. Iím really surprised this one stayed intact thru the years. Most have broken legs or they have been ground down, etc.
it is also quite thin as far as CI goes, which cuts down on the weight a lot. I had 5 pieces that I seasoned this weekend. I try to hold out until I can fill the oven.
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I ended up only using vinegar, a scouring pad and a stainless steel medium toothbrush.
Iíve never used blasting, but I hear it works great. I have used the oven cleaner method (lye), but is is messy. Wire wheels and discs work great, especially on newer lodges and others that are naturally rough and need some smoothing out. I have been using the Avanti Pro disc on my corded drill with great results. Happy hunting and cooking.

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For refurbishing I soak in vinegar, pour all but a dab out, then add a couple of Tbs of salt, scour with a dish towel, rinse, repeat if needed.

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Mom uses a big plastic barrel with lye water and a battery charger. I donít know the details on the set up but it works. General consensus is as you stated, they are impossible to date due to home casting. Late 1800s for that mold but it could have been cast anytime since. Nice piece.

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Originally Posted by sig226fan (Rguns.com)
For refurbishing I soak in vinegar, pour all but a dab out, then add a couple of Tbs of salt, scour with a dish towel, rinse, repeat if needed.


Thatís similar to what I did. I was running low on vinegar, so I soaked paper towels and lined the pan evenly and let it sit for 30 minutes or so, instead of soaking. Check, scour, repeat as needed. I think the inside took three rounds and the outside only one. The paper towels help keep everything even as the vinegar works and I donít get the discoloration vinegar can cause. They also keep it from drying out if youíre not soaking it.

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