In search of AXFORD

Axford Cast Iron.  It never ceases to amaze me.  Stumbling into a piece of cast iron at a garage sale or flea market.  Something that looks so commonplace you think it has no value.  We often see worthless knock-offs that are mass produced.

AXFORD Broiler skillet (Pat 1931 on the top of the Handle)

Then unfortunately passing the piece due to lack of knowledge.   Leaving the few dollar item lay.

Later becoming curious when you get home and start sifting through obscure information on the internet.

So is the case, with a recent cast iron broiler skillet.  AXFORD was on the bottom.  Not being particularly fond of the raised rib skillets (broiler) for use in actual cooking, this became a “pass” situation.  For me the “broilers” are not often given a second look.  Though I collect, I like to also use my finds for cooking from time to time.   Even well seasoned, the raised ribs of a broiler skillet make them hard to clean.

In hindsight, I found some interesting reading and photos of an existing Axford Mansion in San Francisco.  A registered Landmark #133.  Built in 1877.

Some vague information connected to William Axford and two metalworks companies from the 1800’s.   Is this information and person connected to the Axford Cast Iron Cookware?  The skillet bears a raised Pat 1931 on the handle.

We would like Axford photos and copies of any documents readers are willing to share on our site.  Most of what we attempt to track down leads us to sites you have to have a paid membership.  Or to sources like eBay or Worthpoint that often do not provide any accurate historic information.

At lease some of these open sources have provided some photos of pieces that exist out there.  So if you have your own information or images that are not copyright, please use our CONTACT US information.  Please help us provide more historical background and images.

The story does have somewhat of a happy ending.  My wife went back and the skillet was still there.  I guess we aren’t the only ignorant collectors.  For $4 it followed us home.

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BLACKLOCK FOUNDRY (Lodge)

Introducing the Blacklock line from Lodge.  As a cast iron lover, user, and collector, new products always interest us.   We like a wide variety.

We recently stumbled into the Blacklock line.  As we spoke of it to others  in our circle of Dutch Oven Cooking friends.  We quickly realized many are as uninformed as we were.

Numerous collector and daily use cookware pieces we have are Lodge. Vintage as well as more modern.  Old school plus pre-seasoned.

To our knowledge the new Lodge line of Blacklock is a premium more lightweight piece of cookware.  Best of all it comes triple seasoned!

History wise, Lodge was the first to introduce factory seasoned cookware. Starting that back in 2002.   Now they are offering a triple seasoned product.

We hope that somewhere down the road, we have the opportunity to test out a some of the Blacklock line.  Then provide you with a candid and honest TheDutchOvenCook review.

For now Please visit Blacklock on the Lodge website for more information.

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CRISBEE Cast Iron Seasoning Product [Product Review]

Are you searching for a product to season your Cast Iron?  Every heard of people using bee’s wax?   This is a blend that in fact contain bee’s wax.

Here is our review of the product that spans 2 years.
Click here for our full review on the CRISBEE product.

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STARGAZER adding a new Skillet – 12 inch

We got wind that Stargazer will soon be taking orders for their newest addition.  The 12 inch skillet.

For you Cast Iron connoisseurs that love the smooth finish of some vintage cast iron.  Also cast iron produced in the USA, and you don’t know about Stargazer.  You need to investigate this brand.

We purchased one of their original 10 inch skillets to evaluate.  We reviewed the product, and how it performed with our seasoning process.  You can order them raw, or seasoned for an additional charge.  Our 10 inch was ordered raw.

When they start taking orders for the new 12 inch we are going to order one that is already seasoned just to compare.

Follow the Link to our review of the 10 inch Stargazer Skillet.  

Check back soon for updates on what we learn about the 12 Inch.

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Bridge Beach Model 888 Vintage Stove

This Bridge Beach Model 888  Stove is an exceptional example of  vintage craftsmanship.

We list vintage cast iron in many forms to help the novice collector.  See details below the image.

Read the full article at this link – Bridge Beach Model 888

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