This small skillet has a 3 notch smoke ring that is well worn. Overall the skillet is ultra smooth and probably one of the first 3 notch Lodge skillets from the 1940's. There is a faint number 3 near the top. Almost impossible to see in the photograph.
The interior is ultra smooth and has no polishing marks since it was hand poured. In the 1950's, hand poured skillets were discontinued and automation injection started.
Under normal lighting conditions the interior looks black, but with flash photgraphy you can see that is is a dark brown.
The interior walls are also ultra smooth. This helps food not stick to the sides when cooking.
Since it it so small it is not the most useful skillet, yet it does come in handy from time to time and worth having.
Closeup of the smooth interior.
There are not polishing or grinding marks you would typically see. Must have come from a really high quality mold. Most certainly made before factory automation from the 1950's.
Needed to remove the seasoning from this area to determine what the inscribed letter is. Best guess is a letter "V", but could be a letter "Y". The flat of the handle and the tear drop shape of the loop is a telltale sign of a Lodge skillet. The Wagner skillets are similar, but more triangular in shape as they reach the side of the skillet.
1941 Lodge Skillet Size 3
Weight : 1 lbs. 9.1 oz.
A collection of images from a 1941 Lodge Size 3 Skillet. It is a three notch skillet made circa 1941 (possibly later and probably not earlier). 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, 12 and 3 o'clock position. The size three lid isn't available from Lodge, but there is an amber glass Pyrex lid will fit and is still in production today. There is an abundance of them in thrift stores.
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Valued in the range of $10 - $15.