Within two years after introducing the newly redesigned Century pans, BS&R began adding a MADE IN USA mark to its cookware.
This was a marketing move meant to strike back against the surge of cheaply made imported cast iron pans from Asia.
There are many brands of antique, vintage cast iron that perform just as well as Griswold and Wagner; but because these brands aren't as "famous" they can often be found for far, far less in price.
This is a cast iron pan from and this is one of the great secrets of cast iron cooking.
For a while, the energy crisis of the 1970s appeared to be a boon to Atlanta Stove Works, their parent company, as manufacturing of wood-burning stoves increased dramatically between 19.
The name "Century" was stated as "made to last 100 years," and it went along with a famous phrase, "Will Not Dent Or Chip."Major changes came to Birmingham Stove & Range in the 1960s, with the introduction of automated production using DISAMATIC equipment during the years 1966 through 1968. This removed a lot of the hand-finished procedures from the production of its cast iron – and the result was a cast iron pan that was still good quality, but it no longer had the "smooth as glass" feel of previous BS&R pans.
With the introduction of DISA automated production, BS&R re-designed thir skillets to provide exact sizes and measurements.
If you've begun looking for vintage, antique American cast iron cookware for your kitchen, it's practically a guarantee that you'll hear about Griswold and Wagner, brands considered to be the "gold standard" of cast iron cookware. Among the most popular of that kind are the "unmarked" cast iron pans – ones that don't have the manufacturer stamp on the bottom.
But when you go looking for these pans on e Bay and in antique malls, you'll soon find they are almost always overpriced and expensive. Many people across the country, and around the world, have one or more of these "unmarked" pans.