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1865-1909 ERIE or “ERIE” Some of the finest cast iron cookware products came from this early time period.
The walls of the skillets were thinner but often much nicer than the later period iron.
It is nine years earlier than catalog 30, so you can compare the Wagner product line in both aluminum and cast iron. This reprint is complete, but contains just aluminum. There are over three dozen different items of Hollow Ware, most of which are illustrated and priced for the trade. .00 Kettles & Cookware newsletter by David Smith.
This very high quality reprint has crisp print and photos. Shows Wagner's line of iron cookware plus sugar & furnace kettles, fruit & lard presses, boilers, tampers, and mauls. They also were the exclusive manufacturers of the Spoor's Parlor Stove Furniture (strange tea kettles, etc.) and the type of stove that used these pots is shown. Also illustrated are hardware items such as lawn furniture, urns, hitching weights, etc.
The logo Selden Griswold can be found on the inside flap of the mailbox or on the underside of the spitoon.
This is the first publication a collector or dealer should buy. 845 photos including 255 pieces of Griswold and 350 pieces of Wagner, not in The Book of Griswold & Wagner. Worth getting after you have learned all you can from the better books out there. Reprinted 1996 by L-W Book Sales and may still be available from them. A nice little catalog of good quality reprinted as a special limited edition for a Griswold Swap Meet, April, 1995 by Joe Noto.
Like all the L&W Book Sales books, this one suffers from mistakes and not the best photo quality.
Recommended after you get the better books out there. Griswold Cast Collectibles, History & Valuesby Bill & Denise Harned, 1985 5-1/2 by 8-1/2, 191 pages. Excellent quality reprint on slick paper may still be available from Larry and Sue Foxx or Sally Swanson and is available from Dave Smith.
This was the first book on Griswold and was referred to as "The Bible". Contains the following bulletins: A-5 Cast Aluminum Ware, E-3 Extra Finished Iron Hollow Ware, W-4 Waffle Irons, D-3 Dampers and Stove Hardware, K-3 Household Hardware Specialties (food choppers, sad irons, etc.), R-4 Gas Ranges-Hot Plates-Heaters.
With nothing else written it was a great book to have back then. This is an excellent catalog reprint with a lot of information.
However, it, too, has a number of mistakes and strange values given for some items.