Lodge" brand. Lodge is the current best cast iron that is mass marketed across america. So I asked this guy what he wanted for his 10" skillets. He let me know that he wanted 15 bucks each. So I offered him 10 and he said he was OK with that. I was hooked at that point. I knew I had a seller at the right price with a good amount of pieces in a variety of range. He shows me all his buckets of cast iron and I was looking to bundle a couple of items to get even a better deal. I was almost done and set on 3 pieces of Lodge I wanted. One was a 10" Lodge skillet, another was a 6" random brand skillet, and last was a 4" lodge skillet. A nice assortment of skillets. Then I come across his last box of irons and he had the above skillet.
Griswold cast iron. If you are not familiar with Griswold, they are known as the best mass marketed cast iron company. Now just like any other collector item you have to know what to look for and what to look out for. Now Griswold was only around from 1865 to 1957 when they were purchased by Wagner.
I am now obsessed with trying to get as much cast iron as I can. I have wanted to hold a dutch oven cooking class at our rec center and if I can get enough irons I could hava a huge class. Maybe even get some irons into shape and start a collection that I could trade with other iron collectors. Imagine the possibilities. I went to bed that night dreaming of next months trade days so I could dig deeper into these junk heaps and get some more iron gold!