CAST IRON SKILLET w/ HEAT-RING. BEING A GRISWOLD THESE SKILLETS ARE HARD TO TRACK THE EXACT YEAR OR YEARS THEY WERE MADE AND PRODUCED WHICH MAKES THIS SKILLET EVEN MORE UNIQUE. There were 3 styles of this skillet made during this time period; #12 Assist Handle, No Assist Handle & this one - the two hole finger grip assist #12. This is the rarer of the 3 & I would have to assume one of the most rarer #12 GRISWOLD'S or ERIE (Pre-Griswold TM) out there. Little back history on other skillets of this era, I've seen a #13 like this as well and heard rumors & would have to presume that they also did this with the #14 as well.
NO SPIN ON GLASS SURFACE. EVEN & LEVEL FLAT COOKING SURFACE - NO UPWARD OR DOWNWARD WARPING. GRISWOLD "ERIE" (1905-06) GHOSTED MARKED!! It's hard to find the right lighting to take a decent picture of it but more visible in seen in person. Has small indent (casting flaw) on back lower right side of skillet (refer to photo #12).
Has small amount of "pepper and salt shaker" pitting and wear on middle logo markings and below on the ERIE markings is worn. Also believe to be a shallow casting due to it being a recast is mainly the reseasoning for this pitting and wear through use. Has small 3 o' clock to 5 & small 9 to 11 side-to-side wobble, but nothing "serious" Nothing i'd serious. Would deem acceptable & safe for a Glass&Ceramic-Stove Top use; as well as a Gas-Stove Top w/ my best judgement.
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Watch for more to be posted for sale soon! Disclosure on Overall Condit ion. Please understand that "Old/New" Stock or "Stickered" items (however you refer to it), Griswold skillets that were never used have been documented being casted with "wobble" before usage. "Wobble" in large part is more of a "collector's" term and rightfully so - trying to achieve the most "Blemish Free" Cast Iron Ware item of any particular model they are after. "Wobble" can also happen through both usage & environmental worn and/or misuse and/or non or improper maintenance over the years (conditionally).
I "measure", "test" or "eye" out for condition of these items to the best of my ability as possible. However please keep in mind I don't deem myself an expert on all cast iron by any means at this stage in my life. SELF-TESTIMONIAL TO MY CUS TOMERS. Eating from mostly antique and vintage cast iron ware.I've always been fascinated by them. How well they cook food and the taste of the food cooked in them.
Ater on in life I began to be once again fascinated in the nutritional values, the history, and all the different styles, types and variations of cast iron ware out there in the world. About 7 years ago I started restoring(or reconditioning) cast iron ware. (I use no metal objects or anything else that would jeopardize the overall condition of cast iron once its in my possession). About 5 years into it I start constructing my seasoning process. I studied in-depth the science and chemisty behind seasoning these pieces by emailing(and probably annoying) multiple food chemist.
I'm now comfortable using about 16 different fatty oils - in which I use anywhere from 2 to 6 of those fatty oils (3 on average) on any given piece based on. Weight , - S tyle , - S hape , - S ize. I have developed a 2 to 6 stage seasoning process.Each layer of seasoning is applied in a thin layer and let to set(cooled) before the next layer is applied. Is important so there's not "canals or air pockets"(which leads to weakness and breaking down of seasoning with use or environmental conditions that allow oxygen and moisture to break through and reach the patina and/or surface metal of the cast iron which leads to easier higher heats to react the metal and rusting).
Thin layers also hide NO "blemishes" (pitting, sand shifts, casting flaws, cracks, or repairs) or overall condition of the cast iron if it has "spin"(downward warping), wobble(how flat it sits), how level the cooking surface is (upward or downward warping). Each layer is also applied on Low-Heatanywhere from 200 degrees to 450 degrees F max. On average about 250 to 350.This prevents warping or further warping. The cast iron is constantly being monitored having seasoning applied, excess being wiped off, turned and flipped from one side to another. This allows the seasoning layers to be more evenly level and to be heated appropriately on all surfaces. Also allows the seasoning layers to be (more acceptable to the next seasoning layer applied). I don't always get it right(mostly in terms of "looks" wise to my satisfaction).
This I hard for me because I'm pretty particular but I have to remind myself that "less is more" with cast iron of this age and that I've done my part in providing protection, an easily adaptable cooking surface to each of my customers individual tastes or "cooking styles" and easy maintenance. But for the most part I've been very more and more constant with my seasoning process thus far. With failure comes success and when I have success its nice but it also means I have to continue to "push the limits". I believe the ONLY way to evolve antique and vintage cast iron is through one's seasoning process. Which means with success I need to always continue to evolve my seasoning process(testing new seasonings "trial and error" "adding and subtracting" with what works, what protects and holds).
I put alot of time AND effort into each piece I restore regardless of what it is. I do my best to post the best pictures I can take and measure out to the best of my ability each piece's overall condition so that you know and understand what's reaching your door step before you receive the item. ^^^^This IS IMPORTANT TO ME! I truly love cast iron ware and every.One I restore has a special place in my heart. The item "VERY RARE #12 GRISWOLD SLANT FINGER GRIP ASSIST (GHOST MARKED GRISWOLD'S ERIE)" is in sale since Wednesday, December 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Cookware\Cast Iron". The seller is "catzeyecastiron" and is located in Warren, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.