This skillet is huge. Almost takes up 2 burners on the stove. Has been seasoned more than 8 times and is smoother than what you can get from Lodge today.
"Made in the USA" stamped on the back indicates it was manufactured after 1968 and the fact that it does not have the Lodge "Egg" logo indicates it was made before 1987.
The exterior is very shiny, but the interior is not.
This skillet was purchased at a thrift store and it appeared to have never been used.
Bottom side of the handle doesn't reveal any markings. The exterior looks rough like a current Lodge skillet does.
Bottom side view of lid reveals basting bullets which collect steamed water to drip back into the skillet.
Lids tend to cost more than the skillets themselves and that includes new manufacture. This is because demand is lower and manufacturing costs are higher.
No markings on the top of the handle.
The interior is smooth, but looks a little discolored in areas. The concentric polishing marks are still a little visible, but hard to see in the photographs. Lodge stopped polishing their skillets in the 1990's and since that time have have a much rougher surface.
1985 Unmarked Lodge Size 12 with Matching Lid
Weight : Skillet 8 lbs. 10.2 oz., Lid 6 lbs. 13.2 oz.
A collection of images from a recent vintage cast iron skillet made somewhere around 1985. 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 all three notches.
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Valued in the range of $80 - $120