Dating Wagner Cast Iron

How Old Is My Wagner Cast Iron Skillet?

WagnerWare Cast Iron Skillet: #3 and #6
Wagner Ware Cast Iron: 1053 (#3) and 1056 (#6)

I hear the question all the time: How old is my Wagner cast iron skillet? Is there a way to date my Wagner cast iron dutch oven?  Or even my Griswold skillet?

It is not an easy answer and there are a few factors to consider.  So, first off there is a line of demarcation for collectible cast iron cookware.  Roughly after 1960, the cast iron cookware that was made in the US is not considered a “collectible” item.  It just means it the collectors don’t hold those pieces of cookware as high as the other pre-1960 pieces.  I would say the 1960s – early 1980s made cast iron cookware is still pretty darn good and probably some of those pieces are better than what you can get today.  Read a little more about the history of Wagner Cast Iron and even Griswold Cast Iron…

In many cases, we cannot determine the exact date that a piece of cookware was made.  Unfortunately.  We can come pretty close to a range of dates once we understand a little bit about the manufacturing of the cookware. The iron foundries would have moulds for the various pieces of cookware and over time the moulds would need to be replaced.  Or through expansion the foundries would get more moulds to increase production or to make another piece of cookware.  Why is all this is important?  Well, the logos and markings on the bottom and handles of cookware would change over time.  In this way, we can assume within a range when a piece of cookware was actually made.

The two pieces to the right (which I found on ebay), are most likely from the period from 1925 – 1959.  It’s a pretty big range, I know.  And one of them, the #3 was apparently never used.  When I got it, there was a little bit of rust present on the gray, unseasoned, raw cast iron.  Amazing that it never had any food on it until I bought it.  I simply washed it with some soap and hot water, soaked it in 50% vinegar & 50% water for 20 minutes.  After that I seasoned it using the method outlined here.




One of the best ways to tell is by the font, location, and styling of the logo and trademarks on the bottom of the cookware.  I highly recommend checking out castironcollector.com with some photos and relative dates.  I used the photos there to review the font and location of the logo on the bottom of the skillet.  You can see the script-style on the “W” where there is a small loop in the center.  The logo and writing is in the center near the top, or opposite the handle.  The “Wagner” has a bit of an arc to it, while “Ware” and “Sidney” are written straight with no arc.  The guide at castironcollector.com has photos for a whole bunch of manufacturers: Favorite Stove & Range, Griswold Manufacturing, Lodge Manufacturing, Martin Stove & Range, Sidney Hollow Ware, Vollrath Manufacturing, Wapak Hollow Ware, and, of course, Wagner Cast Iron Manufacturing.

7 thoughts on “Dating Wagner Cast Iron”

  1. What is the value of Wagner Ware No 8 Drip Drop Roaster No 218 stamped on lid and bottom of roaster
    Stamper on inside of lid
    Pat Dec 4-17, Feb 10-20, MCH 8-21, and MCH 14-22. What is MCH

    1. Hey Mark – That sounds like an awesome piece of Wagner. It depends on what shape it’s in…on the low end it might be around $30 if it is in rough shape.

      If the roaster is well taken care of it might be over $135-150+. But on average, it is probably between about $75-115 by my estimation.

      I am not sure about MCH but do you think it might be March? Since the other notations are months. I am not sure of a model of Wagner’s that had the MCH…

  2. I know nothing about cast iron cooking but I got my first WagnerWare skillet today at a neighborhood yard sale. My skillet has the number 10 on it’s handle & on the skillet bottom it has the company logo(I assume)at the top and the numbers 1060 at the bottom. Can you help me date this piece? Mine does not have a letter following 1060 if that helps. Thanks!

    1. Hey Mia – Congratulations on finding that 1060! That’s very nice.

      It is probably in the range of 1922 – 1959 or so. Can you describe the WagnerWare Logo and it’s location on the bottom of the skillet?

      How does the skillet cook for you? Thanks!

  3. I have a Wagner skillet, on the bottom is the logo with the curved w and the letter E also the number 1058. It was my mother’s. Any info would be appreciated,

    1. Hi Maureen – I think that skillet will be in the 1922 – 1935 range based on the curved logo. Where on the bottom does the logo appear? Near the top or the center?

      The E most likely denotes the cast at the foundry that was used. They would have an identifier for what cast was used so they could tell when it was getting worn out or required attention.

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