“The Pan Man,” David G. Smith, is both a collector and dealer of cast iron cookware, and has assembled one of the finest collections of iron muffin pans in the nation. He resides in the Buffalo region of New York. Chuck Wafford, “Cast Iron Charlie” as he is been known, is a former flea market owner, nationally known Griswold collector, consultant, and appraiser. He lives in Oregon.
The Book of Griswold & Wagner, referred to as the ‘‘blue book’’ by collectors, is the most complete, accurate, and widely used reference guide and is coveted by collectors. This revised 5th edition features more pictures, updated values for cast iron cookware and kitchen collecting enthusiasts, and expanded charts. This definitive, encyclopedic guide details durable cast-iron antiques, including cornstick pans, griddles, Dutch ovens, gem pans, coffee grinders and roasters, trivets, molds, broilers, teapots, and much more. Over 1,000 photographs document variations of shape, size, dates, moldings, finishes, hardware types, catalog numbers, and markings. There are comprehensive histories of the manufacturers Griswold, Wagner, Sidney Hollow Ware, Favorite, and Wapak, as well as patent lists for meticulous researchers. This is an essential reference for anyone wishing to invest in these timeless treasures.