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The Magnalite products that were produced in China under "Magnalite Classic" are even hard to find, but, for collectors, any Magnalite that says "USA" on the bottom of the cookware is definitely a valuable item!

The use of cast iron for cookware is centuries old and many of the vintage pieces can still be used today.

The official start of the Wagner Manufacturing Company was in 1891 and you can see the centennial commemoration of this in the 1991 version of the cast iron frying pan.

Suddenly, shiny, colorful, enamel-coated cast iron pots and skillets popped up everywhere. The pans often have a letter on the bottom of the pan in a Times New Roman-type font, and on the underside of the handle. If you have an Erie or a Griswold or another skillet made by the Griswold Manufacturing Company then you have yourself one fine skillet. Amazing that it never had any food on it until I bought it.

The company employed the industrial designer John Gordon Rideout to overhaul the design of Wagner's products in an effort to counter falling sales during the Great Depression.

In 1933 Rideout and his partner Harold Van Doren designed a Magnalite teakettle with varying thickness to maximize heat conductivity, and in 1934 they designed an Magnalite aluminum covered casserole for Wagner.

Be as descriptive as you can when doing your search. Look out for sizes between if you want to collect a full set.

You may pick a skillet with a small at a great price. While the word is out that Griswold cast iron is the name to collect, some asking prices have skyrocketed and are getting onto the crazy territory. Although, I would check the sold listings on e Bay to find out the current selling prices.

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