For example, if you have a cast iron skillet that has only markings on the bottom that say VICTOR 722 8, try a Google images search for “Victor 722 8 cast iron pan”, and see if a match to your pan shows up in the images.
Instead, they may have been marked “ERIE.” If a piece has only the word “ERIE” on it, it was likely made in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s by the Griswold Manufacturing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania.
There are six different known “series” of the ERIE pans. The distinctive handle shape easily identifies Iron Mountain skillets.
Caveat: I have learned that sometimes people “guess” about the origin or manufacturer of a pan, or are sometimes careless in identification.
While you might find information, verifying its accuracy is always a good idea. If the manufacturer has placed its logo or name on a piece, it is much easier to identify the time frame within which the pan was made.
Some of the Victor pans have the Griswold name on them and some do not.
Pans marked only VICTOR, with a product number, were manufactured by Griswold between between about 18.
Gate marked pans typically do not have the manufacturer’s name on them.
Gate marked pans are the oldest of the old cast iron cookware; almost certainly antique.
TIPS TO IDENTIFY THE MANUFACTURER OF VINTAGE CAST IRON SKILLETS Some of the unmarked pans you may come across in your cast iron travels were made by Griswold, Lodge, Birmingham Stove & Range (“BSR”), Vollrath, Wagner, Favorite Stove & Range, and Chicago Hardware Foundry.