Very well seasoned and relatively smooth.
Dutch ovens can be used much like electric slow cookers (otherwise known as Crock-Pots).
The lid fits well, but loose like a lot of cast iron lids.
The interior is smooth, but years of seasoning make it look a little rough.
Dutch ovens don't need to be a smooth as a skillet since they take less thermal abuse.
There is a letter "D" seen near the bottom.
Another view of the bottom letter "D".
The bottom showing an "8" and a "DO" marking near the top. "DO" is for Dutch oven.
The lid and the dutch oven itself is somewhat shiny. The seasoning is about 30 years old and has never failed.
The bottom reads 10¼ inches, size 8. Notice how the number "1"'s are of a different typeface.
The blob of metal seen above the "10¼" is the handle weld mark. The handle is attached after the cast is complete.
1958 Lodge 5 Quart Dutch Oven Size 8
Weight : Dutch Oven 7 lbs. 10.9 oz., Lid 3 lbs. 12.8 oz.
A collection of images from a size 8 unmarked Lodge dutch oven with lid. Have owned this since the mid 1980's and best estimate for its date places it around 1958. This one sits completely flat and does not wobble. The interior is very smooth and the exterior is smooth.
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Valued in the range of $40-$50.