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Saga of the Skillet Search 
 
Apr. 27, 2011 6:57 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2011 10:03 pm
Well, as I had hoped, many of you have shared your wisdom and experiences with me, regarding the saddest looking skillet I believe I've ever seen!  I spent some time this evening taking a closer look at the poor old thing, and have done more research via the internet...  As I had feared, there are as many methods of care as there are cooks who use cast iron!  My findings prior to this eve. were quite simply, a logo stamped into the bottom...  A "sideways" diamond shape, containing the word "MIAMI"  After a bit of frustration, and searching multiple search engines - at least the ones I thought of at the time, I gave up on Google, Yahoo and Wikipedia.  About.com was NO help at all, but eventually I stumbled across an article at eHow.com, titled "how to date antique cast iron."  Per their suggestions, I fetched the pan here under a good lite, and at my 'puter.  This is what I've learned, and what I believe, but I may be way off base!!

The "MIAMI" stamp is approx centered.  Below that and toward the outer edge is what I believe to be a figure 8 - two circles touching.  Per eHow, I checked what I think is the heat ring, which is little more than a ridge at the outer edge of the bottom, and indicating pre 1905.  Lastly, I examined the handle...  "Ribbed" indicates post 1905, "Bevelled" pre 1905 (the underside, that is.)  This pan has one ridge of support running from pan's edge towards the "hole" in the handle, which is rounded above, and what I presume is bevelled beneath.  I couldn't find any kind of imprint anywhere on  the handle, so seems I simply have the logo, and a possible #8.

From websites I've visited, there has been no mention of "Miami Cast Iron Cookware," although the google search brought up many possibilities... seems only to purchase cookware!  Try as I did, I have found nothing regarding the history of what might be the manufacturer, nor if it was actually produced by one of the US makers of cast iron cookware under a less common name.

As this particular pan came to me via Rose, I've tried to recall more about "mom," for the life of me not recalling anything about Helen's birth year.  My mom was born in '21, I'd guess Helen to (were she still alive,) to be a good 10yrs older...  That does about fit the timeline I'm recalling, which could support the notion that this sad, sad, skillet could have been owned by Rose's grandmother! 

Well, folks, I guess I need a bit of a break right now... but do think I might stop back later, and leave another post... "CrazyCook and the Looney Lemon Lady!"
 
Comments
judy 
Apr. 28, 2011 9:56 am
wow stevie you have a real prize there, is it really heavy?mine are super heavy all but one, it is a lot lighter than the others, i don't know why ...just is ...good luck with your search...ttyl judy
 
Apr. 28, 2011 9:42 pm
Miami is a cast iron manufacturer. Take a look at item# 20312 on this link http://www.dantiques.com/selectcategory.mv?Ctl_Stg=1.00000%7C12%7C42%7C&Doc=castiron.htm ~~~ Perhaps if you contact them they could help figure out what you have.
 
Apr. 28, 2011 9:49 pm
thanks so much folks! Mom, I'll definately take a look... even if I have trouble with the link....... I'd LOVE to get a bit of info...
 
Apr. 28, 2011 9:54 pm
Try this http://www.dantiques2.com/vpasp/shopexd.asp?ccode=20312
 
Apr. 28, 2011 9:57 pm
Mom, in the time it took me to copy/paste, and return for item #, you're back... must be online right now!! Thanks lots, I found this site a couple days ago, just didn't find pertinent info! TATA
 
Apr. 28, 2011 10:03 pm
OMG, you've just become one of my fav researchers now, BSM! I save the pic, and it does sure look like the one I have! Now I feel a little better about trying to salvage this poor old sad sad pan, and giving it new life! Thanks so much... A forever fan, crazycook says Kudos!
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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