It is free of cracks and chips and sits flat. It has been stripped in a lye bath, cleaned and seasoned twice with Crisco in a 500 degree oven, has a nice smooth surface and is ready to use. Measurements: 11" across the top, 8 1/2" cooking surface and is 3 1/2 deep.Some Cast Iron cookware can have discoloration and utensil marks, which will even out and darken with use. Please see pics for further descriptions and reach out if you have any questions. Don't forget to visit our store for additional cast iron new pieces added weekly.