Griswold Cast Iron
Griswold is a name famed for fine cast iron cookware, but the company did not start out producing cookware or even cast iron. In 1865 two Erie, PA families began a joint venture called The Selden-Griswold Manufacturing Co. making door hinges. It was in the 1870's that they moved into producing cast iron skillets, pots, grinders anf waffle irons. The Griswolds bought out the Seldens in 1884, but it wasn't until 1887 that the name officially became Griswold Manufacturing Co. The company flourished, adding cast aluminum and enameled cookware to their line.
An employee, Etta Moses, was assigned the task of answering letters sent in by consumers who had questions about cooking with cast iron. She eventually became "Aunt Eleen", publishing cookbooks and advice columns. Her picture even appeared in magazine advertisements.
Business was good until the 1940's when more modern cookware became more popular and Griswold's fortunes declined. The company was sold in 1946 and went through several corporate owners, including Wagner, until 1999 when production ceased.
Fine old Griswold cast iron cookware is prised by collectors. The logo went through several incarnations but serious collectors look for the larger logos of the earlier era. Unfortunately there are reproductions on the market but the quality is obviously inferior, with a grainy texture and blurred lettering. The various logos are available to see online.
Meet our Dealers
Missy's interest in vintage wares began when she was carring her first child and started going to yard sales. Crackle glass was the first collectible to catch her eye. Since then she has gone through several collecting phases including children's books and school primitives. Currently her love is anything cowboy and western.
Mossy Oaks had not been open very long before Missy took a booth and the association has endured through the years. Currently, you can find her working here on most Fridays with a bright smile and friendly greeting for you.
Ramon is currently in New York but we have his awesome antiques displayed in a booth now. He has a fantastic eye for American primitives. We are looking forward to seeing more of his gleanings when he returns to Florida.
Antiques and Collectibles
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Mossy Oaks Antique Mall
6260 SE 118th Place
Belleview, Fl 34420
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