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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.
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.
The Cathedral Gorge Rangers reached out to me today. They are still going ahead with their Dutch Oven Cook-off. Though they are concerned they only have 1 cook signed up as of today. Please get your entries forms in!
There is a simple on-line entry form at the link below. Entry is FREE if submitted ahead of time. If you wait and sign up the day of the event there is a $5 entry fee.
They aren’t sure if the Area 51 Event, planned at the same time, is the cause of lack of sign ups? They don’t believe the 51 Event will filter over into this area.
If you are planning on attending as a cook and haven’t signed up with them, please do so. Or at a minimum let them know you will be there to cook.
Many of us in our local Dutch Oven group have been attending this cook-off for years. It is our favorite competition event. Attending as a cook, as well as joining in with all the fun events the rangers plan for the whole day.