Wagner Manufacturing was able to produce world class cookware, rivaling and later surpassing the other powerhouse in the cast iron cookware arena, Griswold.
It was actually covered, and I mean covered, with black, gunk-y, cracked seasoning. I eventually sanded down the interior of the pans and skillets to smooth them out.The real story is slightly more complicated and is quite common when small family operated business grow into large corporations.Companies are bought and sold, consolidated and dismantled, and the cast iron cookware business is no different.An interesting note is that cookware that declares it was Made in the USA are typically not considered collectable pieces. Margaret SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 AT PMMy dad has a Wagner 1891 original cast iron tea pot that is rustled or deteriorated inside Frm yrs of keeping water in it on their wood burning stove. Well, you can clean the inside but it will definitely take some work. There’s another step after the oven cleaner sessions where you treat the rusted area with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. However, the kettle might not be a “collectible” though it will probably hold some sentimental value.Check out some of my other posts, full of info on every part of your kitchen. In 1996, a group of investors, which included a former employee of Wagner, purchased the Wagner and Griswold cookware lines. They continued manufacturing for another 3 years before closing their doors in Sidney in 1999. Wagner does have lids and you’d have to watch e Bay for a week or two to find the right one for you. Let me know if you need help locating a suitable lid. diane legendre SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AT PMsays 11 3/8 is the size and 2 inchs deep. diane legendre SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 AT PMi have my mothers corn bread pan, wagner c heavy. Is it possible to clean the inside and is it of any value? So, in the 1990s the company that owned the Wagner name started to make “The Wagner’s 1891 Original Cast Iron” series in commemoration of the original cast iron company.In 1959, the final nail in the coffin came when Randall sold off Griswold and Wagner to Textron.[easyazon_link asin=”B00063RWYI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”kitchenprof-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Check out the latest price from South Pittsburg, TN – Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Dutch Oven[/easyazon_link]It is widely accepted that post 1960 Griswold and Wagner cookware is not in the same collectable class as the pre 1960 cookware. One could argue that those cast iron skillets, dutch ovens, and griddles that were made after the merger and acquisitions are better than the ones made after 1990 or so, and that probably not far from the truth.However, if you compare a modern day, Made in China, cast iron skillet to a 1970, Made in the USA Wagner Ware cast iron skillet, to a 1920 Griswold or Wagner cast iron skillet, the difference will be clear.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.The use of cast iron for cookware is centuries old and many of the vintage pieces can still be used today.For example, cast iron Dutch ovens were used by the settlers of the United States as they traveled westward.