This is the bare skillet before any seasoning has been applied. Almost strange how collectors want to see the bottom of the skillet first before examining the cooking surface. This particular piece was found in a thrift store and knew it was a worthwhile purchase based on the raised molder's mark seen here.
Bare top side view where round concentric circles can be seen as evidence of foundry polishing or a super high quality mold. The surface is glassy smooth and has no imperfections or defects.
Oil was rubbed on lightly before seasoning to show the actual finish. Some very mild utensil marks exist which will disappear after seasoning.
The bottom of this skillet is smoother than the interior of most skillets out there. It sits completely flat and does not wobble or spin. This is a high quality piece.
This is what the skillet looks like after four seasoning passes in the oven. Not quite black, but very close.
This is what the interior looks like after four seasoning passes in the oven. It is glassy smooth and passes the "Fried Egg Test" by the ability to fry an egg without any sticking using only a half tablespoon of butter. When used properly this skillet is very non-stick. Not as slick as Teflon; but then again, it will last a few lifetimes of regular use.
This is what it looks like after an oil rub down before hanging on the wall. It won't rust even if it sits in water for a day or two. It is completely sealed. Probably not a great idea to leave it oiled hanging on the wall as it will collect dust.
An incredibly fine skillet. It has thin walls, heats up quickly and is lighter than most skillets. It is easy to handle and a pleasure to cook with. Will work with any stove, but gas seems to be the best from a pragmatic point of view.
After 10 passes in the oven the skillet is completely black. Smooth and shiny on the outside and the interior.
There is no oil rubbed on this finish at this point. It truly is shiny on the surface.
Difficult to get a really good photo of the ultra smooth and glassy interior.
A super high quality piece that is most certainly a collector's item. It is in excellent presentation condition and also top "user" condition. Most presentation pieces lose their best visual appeal after real life use.
1935 Unmarked Lodge Size 8
Weight : 4 lbs. 11.8 oz.
A collection of images from a vintage antique cast iron skillet made somewhere around 1935. Lodge didn't mark their pans with their logo after the 1930's through the mid 1980's. Typically, Lodge skillets have 3 notches in their heat ring : one in the 9 o'clock, 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock position. This particular skillet has only one notch in the 12 o'clock position.
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Valued in the range of $45 - $55.