Dating wagner ware
If you've had any experience with cooking in cast iron, you'll know there's a difference between the modern-day cast iron pans and the classic antique iron cookware.
Cast iron pans made today are heavier, with a rougher cast surface; whereas vintage cast iron pots and pans from the early 20th century have a far smoother cooking surface, and are lighter in weight and heft.
As discussed with the Officers and members of the LODGE facility, we proposed to have a Board to keep the public and WAGS membership up to date on old and new LODGE, as most of LODGE's old records were destroyed and together we can put back together their history.The same company also acquired the Griswold manufacturing company in 1957, and both the Wagner and Griswold lines of cast iron cookware were manufactured at Wagner's foundry in Sidney, Ohio from 1957 through 1999.Randall sold both Wagner and Griswold to the General Housewares corporation in 1969, and they were the producers of these brands through the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.These are brand new "1891 Original" pans with the labels still attached. General Housewares continued to manufacture cookware with this logo from 1991 through 1999.General Housewares' Wagner cast iron foundry shut down in 1999, and production of these pans ceased at that time.
(This doesn't mean modern-day cast iron pans are worse to cook with than antique iron, it only means they're slightly different.) And if you know anything about acquiring and collecting antique 20th century cast iron, then you know that brand names to look for are Wagner and Griswold.