Griswold Cast Iron
Matthew Griswold and two Selden brothers, related to Griswold by marriage, started their business by manufacturing hardware items such as butt hinges and other articles of light hardware in 1865. The building they worked in became known as the "Butt Factory." They started making cookware about the same time, around 1865.
In 1873, the name was changed to the Selden & Griswold Manufacturing Company and changed again in 1887, when the Griswold Manufacturing Company was formed.
Aluminum cookware was added to their line of products around 1893 and the first aluminum piece was thought to be an aluminum tea kettle. Griswold Mfg. Co. started using enameling on some of their items around the 1920s and by the 1930s had started making some electric cooking items.
In 1946 the Griswold Manufacturing Company was sold and by 1947, none of the Griswold family members were left at the company.
In 1957 the Griswold name and trademarks were sold to its competitor, the Wagner Manufacturing Company of Sidney, Ohio and the Griswold plant in Erie, PA was.
The Griswold name and trademark continued to be used by The Wagner Manufacturing Company, but the phrase "Erie, Pa." was no longer on them. In 1959, Wagner transferred all rights to the Griswold name and trademarks to Textron Inc. From 1959 until 1969, cast iron cookware with the Griswold trademark was manufactured in Sidney, Ohio. In 1969 General House wares Corp. acquired all rights to both the Griswold and Wagner trademarks.
Griswold and Wagner were
the leaders of the cast iron cookware industry and world renowned for their
quality products and stressed customer satisfaction.
One modern thought by many, is the decline in use of cast iron cookware that started around the 1960s, could be a contributing factor in the shortage of iron in our bodies. As we use cast iron cookware, minute amounts of iron is transferred into our food, therefore adding iron to our system. Just a thought, but it does make since to me, so don’t just collect cast iron for its beauty and for being an heirloom; take it out and use it as your ancestors did.