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!"