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The Randall Corporation purchased Wagner Manufacturing in 1952. bought Griswold on March 29, 1957 and then sold it in December 1957 to Randall who already owned Wagner.Effectively, the Griswold manufacturing plant in Erie, Pennsylvania was shut down in 1957 and any Griswold cookware made after this period was out of the Wagner Manufacturing Sidney, Ohio plant.Wagner Manufacturing was able to produce world class cookware, rivaling and later surpassing the other powerhouse in the cast iron cookware arena, Griswold.

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Tin hollowware is describes general tableware like sugar bowls, tea or coffee pots, soup containers, hot food covers, water pitchers, platters, butter plates and other metal items that went with the dishware on a table. Bernard and Milton Wagner are credited as the first to cast iron for cookware in Sidney, Ohio.

Wagner Ware was born.(A short footnote about the Centennial Commemoration of the 1991 version of the skillet, The Wagner’s 1891 Original Cast Iron Skillet – though it stated “Original,” along with a date, this line of cookware was manufactured in 1991 through the late 1990s.

I’d be the first to admit I’ve been fooled a few times and purchased reproductions in my quest to add to my growing collection of vintage cast iron cookware, especially when I was a new collector.

Now that I know better, I use reproductions I’ve bought to show people what not to buy.

This was the beginning of the end of the high quality cookware that both, Griswold and Wagner, were known for.

Well, that might be a little bit harsh but most experts do agree that the quality started to decline in quality at this point. in 1969 and that included the Griswold and Wagner cast iron cookware lines.ERIE iron remains among the finest of Griswold’s foundry products.One Griswold item especially difficult to locate is the Erie No.Specializing in the best, I collect Griswold cast iron cookware made between 18.The earliest of the cookware was marked ERIE for the Pennsylvania city it was made in.You can tell the quality difference pretty much immediately.

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