The sale in New York featured six rare examples which each achieved impressive six-figure results.
|Antique Griswold Frying Pans are cooking implements made by the Griswold Manufacturing Company.
Brief history and description
The Griswold Manufacturing Company was founded in 1865 in Erie, Pennsylvania, where they continued manufacture until the company’s close. Griswold originally operated under the name ‘Selden & Griswold’ before changing to their better-known name in 1887.
The company was purchased by one of their largest competitors, Wagner Manufacturing, in 1957, who continued Griswold’s production line.
Griswold Manufacturing Company frying pans were originally made from cast iron, though they later diversified to use materials such as aluminium and enamel.
Guide for collectors
Frying pans by the company appear at both mainstream and specialist auctioneers. Griswold frying pans also appear at online auctioneers such as eBay, and as ever with online purchases of this kind, prospective collectors should endeavour to ensure the authenticity of a particular item before bidding.
Early Griswold frying pans are rare, and therefore may have particular value to collectors. Websites such as Ehow also feature articles on how to date Griswold frying pans, which could be very useful to collectors as the company was in manufacture for over 90 years and there were several minor changes to the design of their products over that time.
Amongst the higher prices paid for a Griswold frying pan is $3,750 for a cast iron advertising Griswold frying pan converted into a wall clock. The piece auctioned from Skinner on 19th February 2005.
The highest prices typically obtained by a Griswold frying pan are between $100-400, as evidenced by the sale of one such frying pan for $160 from Montrose Auction Inc on 25th March 2006.
Griswold frying pans are also available for lower prices, often selling for between $40-60.
Amongst the lower prices fetched for a Griswold frying pan at auction is just $10, for a Griswold cast iron frying pan, which auctioned from The Hamilton Group LLC on 4th January 2007.
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