History of Wagner Cast Iron Cookware

Wagner manufacturing company was a family owned company famous for the production of cast iron skillets and aluminum wares. The company was quite active in between 1891 to 1952.

However, the company was well in 1952.  Their cast iron wares are still used by some people. Today we are living in a society where we are extremely interested in determining the age of things. We also want to know the age of cast iron we are using.

Sometimes you don’t buy new cookware you may get it from your parents and friends sometimes you may find it from auctioneers.

 

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Going an Extra Mile!

I am personally a big fan of cast iron cookware.  As I can cook everything in it. Yes, everything pizzas, pasta, noodles, eggs and many other food items. You can also cook everything in cast iron from vegetables to all kind of meat. You can also use them for cooking sweets and desserts.

Now a day’s nonstick pans are made of Teflon globally. Teflon is not good for our health. They discharge different harmful chemicals when heated. These chemicals get mixed with food and make food toxic for us. Their cleaning is also very difficult and tricky. You cannot clean it with a sponge because its non-stick layer will be removed.

Moreover, you can only use wooden or plastic spatulas in these pans. Other spatulas may scratch their nonstick layer. If nonstick layer get removes these Teflon utensils becomes more dangerous.  As foods will be in direct contact with the pan and all the chemicals under the layer get mixed.

We all are familiar with the advantages of cast iron. Cast iron cookware is durable and long lasting. Cast iron cookware can last years if they maintained well and can be repaired even when they are rusty. They can be used for decades. Many people I know are using pans of their grandparents.

Have you ever thought!

Everywhere in the world nonstick pans are made of Teflon. Teflon is not good for our health. They release different harmful chemicals when heated. These chemicals get mixed with food and make food toxic for us.

Their cleaning is also difficult you cannot clean it with a sponge because its non-stick layer will be removed. Moreover, you can only use wooden or plastic spatulas in these pans. Other spatulas may scratch their nonstick layer.

If their nonstick layer get removes these Teflon utensils becomes more dangerous.  As foods will be in direct contact with the pan and all the chemicals under the layer get mixed.

How old is your Cast Iron is?

If you want to know the age of your cast iron pan you should try following steps. Be patient you will find the age of your pan.

Step I

Take your pan If it is in good condition then Turn it so the bottom is facing up.  Now give a close look at the bottom. If your pan is not in good condition i.e. have some rust or other dirt, then you first clean it.  You may also season it at times for better results.

Step II

Inspect the structure of the cookware. Very old ones may have a high ring around the bottom. Do check the handle also.

Step III

Look at the font and trademark carefully at the bottom of the cookware. Compare it with the picture on the internet and find out the age of your pan. Compare the pictures of your cookware with the one in a catalog. However, it is impossible to find the age of very old cookware.

Evolution of Wagner Trademarks

Wagner Trademarks has been changed with the passage of time. Initially, Trademark was just “WAGNER” notched in a straight line or an arc. Sometimes it had additional “SIDNEY O.” with it. However, Logo keeps its position changed.

Later in 1914, Trademark got changed to “Wagner Ware”. Then they add different fonts for texts and use different writing styles. Sometime in the arc or straight line.

Wagner TM Wagner block Wagner Arc Wagner Sydney O Wagner ware Sydney O Wagner ware Sydney O
Type Lettering Lettering Lettering Lettering Stylized logo Pie logo
Time period 1890s 1891-1910 1895-1920 1920s 1922-1959 1924-1934
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Conclusion

We all want to date our cast iron to know the efficiency of our pan. It is complex to find the age of your Wagner cast iron pan. Though you can easily find the age of your wager cast iron pans. Because Trademarks of wager are available on the internet. Wagner manufacturer was very famous for the production of cast iron. You can compare them with yours and guess the age of your pan.

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