Saturday, August 9, 2008

Wapak a loo bop...

The Wapak Hollow Ware company lasted from 1903 until 1926. Information about this company is scarce but bankruptcy is the reason listed in the Auglaize County records for Wapak's disappearance. Named after their hometown of Wapakonteta Ohio, a lower quality line was also sold under the name Oneta.
The pieces pictured above show the detail and glassy smooth interiors (note: there is no oil in that skillet) found on Wapak skillets. The first two pictured were cast between 1903 and 1910. The skillet in the upper right hand corner in the 3rd picture has the "Z logo".

In 23 years of operation Wapak produced some extremely nice thin wall black iron products. The most famous and collectible are the Indian Medallion pieces which have very ornate and original castings.
In use these pans are very light and slick. {Over time cast iron pieces have gotten heavier as the quality of the iron ore declined and casting became more automated.) These skillets are quite responsive to temperature changes on the stovetop and food glides around the slick interior with very little oil or butter.