The first aluminum cookware was a tea kettle made around 1893.
In 1903 the company moved to new premises at 12th and Raspberry Streets.
After running this site for several years, many similar questions arise, useful links and general information have been posted on the FORUM.
I thought I'd try to maintain this FAQ page and compile some of these "repetitive", useful and important posts on this page as an archive.
The unmistakable mark with GRISWOLD inside a cross and two circles that Griswold used on most of their pieces is their "registered trademark" or TM.
It has often been called a "logo" which is not incorrect.
Sometimes incorrectly called Smoke Ring, Fire Ring, or another name, none are correct since the heat ring has nothing to do with smoke or fire.
Griswold called what we collectors have named "heat ring" just "rim" or "rimmed bottom" in their early catalogs.
Miss Etta Moses worked for Griswold for over 50 years.
In the late 19th century through early 20th century, there were many manufacturers of high quality cast iron cookware.
Cast iron was affordable, cooked really well, and is virtually indestructible if treated with common sense care.
Griswold, Wagner and many, many other brands and manufacturers exist for collectors to hunt and debate over which was best.
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