Wagner and Griswold are the leaders in the American cast-iron collectibles market.
Wagner Manufacturing started business in 1891 in Sidney, Ohio.
Without their wood burning stoves, the camp Dutch oven provided a way for the travelers to cook their meals over an open fire.
Wagner Ware was born.(A short footnote about the Centennial Commemoration of the 1991 version of the skillet, The Wagner’s 1891 Original Cast Iron Skillet – though it stated “Original,” along with a date, this line of cookware was manufactured in 1991 through the late 1990s.One in good condition is valued at 0 to 0 price range. A collector who saw some reproduction Griswold cast iron cookware at a flea market might think he or she had made a great find, especially if priced at or 0.However, the faint markings can give the new collector cause for pause and give the example away as a reproduction.However, the Wagner brothers, Bernard and Milton, actually started making metal castings of light hardware for general stores back in 1881.In addition, the brothers manufactured tin hollowware for government contracts.The stylized logo was seen moved around on skillet bottoms, just as the block and arc trademarks had been years before.