What to Look For Here is a list of some of the common phrases, terms, or words that are often marked or found on pottery.Knowing them can help you pinpoint the date of your piece from the mid 1800s to the end of the 19th Century.The clues to dating a piece of pottery is right under your nose--or at least, under the base of your pottery piece.You have to identify it first before you can determine its value. It is fun to learn the history and origin of old cast iron cookware.Sometimes it’s the thrill of the hunt; one person’s junk might be another person’s treasure!GENERAL TIPS FOR IDENTIFICATION Does the skillet have any markings on it at all?The Internet has opened up a myriad of ways to identify cast iron.
Scholars have ignored furniture made in India for British use and the material is not included in furniture histories. Seaver, is that European cabinetmakers were working in India as early as the mid-18th century.
It can be challenging to identify pieces that do not have clear maker’s marks on them. Here are tips to help you with your research as you venture into the world of vintage cast iron skillet identification.
This is an overview; there are many ins and outs and exceptions, of course.
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 skillet”, and see if a match to your pan shows up in the images.
If not, try broadening the search, to “Victor cast iron skillet.” Many images result from the search.