We've all heard tales of antique cast iron's supremacy in the kitchen. The response in email, Twitter, Facebook, and our Boing Boing BBS was interesting.
has been reprinted and slightly updated in 20 with a more extensive update in 2005 (4th edition). If you are interested in muffin pans this book is a must. However, I do recommed this, and other L-W Book Sales books because they do include information and photos of items that do not appear in other books or catalogs. Has the same shortcomings as the first volume of this two volume series. Comprised of the following bulletins: E-11 Iron Hollow Ware, A-15 Cast Aluminum Ware, EA-2 Electric Appliances, W-12 Waffle Irons, K-9 Household Hardware, R-14 Gas Hot Plates, O-7 Ovens.
Often called the "Blue Book", this is the best book by far of any done on cast iron cookware. Available in many bookstores and from several online sources including this WAGS site. If you buy only one book I would recommend the Blue Book, above, before this Red Book. Buy the Blue and Red books by Dave Smith first and then add this and the other L-W books. All new photos and information but with a lot of errors. The individual bulletins are dated from 1926 to 1930. Print quality and amount of material shown is excellent; binding weak.
Sometimes incorrectly called Smoke Ring, Fire Ring, or another name, none are correct since the heat ring has nothing to do with smoke or fire.
Griswold called what we collectors have named "heat ring" just "rim" or "rimmed bottom" in their early catalogs.
In the 1920s Griswold began producing enameled items, and in the 1930s had added electrical items to their product line.
Miss Etta Moses worked for Griswold for over 50 years.
After casting, its inner surfaces were smoothed down, unlike todays.
Some say there was a better formula for the iron produced in that time, and that this formula has since been lost. It's not light, but I do think antique cast iron is far more elegant than its contemporary counterpart.
In the late 19th century through early 20th century, there were many manufacturers of high quality cast iron cookware.