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This is a very interesting old griddle. Almost certainly made between 1840, as it has a heat ring for a wood stove, and the end of the Civil War (when wire bails took over for hand wrought iron bails). It is marked #8 but has a 13.5 inch diameter and a heat ring that is 12” in diameter. Has New England style ears. Crudely cast – almost certainly small foundry workable shape. Has a large wide gate, pouring flaws and sand inclusions in the iron. Face was lightly stone polished by the foundry, but not enough to leave polishing marks – while the rear shows more of the flaws and inclusions from the sand mold. Marked with a raised 8 which is 1/2 inch high. Heat ring has some breaks in it which I suspect were due to mold issues rather than chipping of the ring (due to the way that iron chips) but they add a lot of character to this piece.
Marked: Has a raised number 8 about 1/2” high.
13” 1/2 diameter (excluding ears)
Cleaned via lye method, hand buffed and seasoned with 3 layers of non-GMO canola oil
No cracks, and I don’ t think the heat ring is chipped but rather shows casting issues.. Whisper of wobble when tested on a sheet of glass (off by less than the thickness of a sheet of paper). Cooking surface is full of small flaws – mostly from pouring but nothing that would stop this from being a great pizza pan. Will only improve with use.
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