After a fire destroyed the foundry in 1885 a reorganization took place and the company was renamed to Griswold Manufacturing Co. The Griswold family retained ownership until 1947 when the firm was sold to an investment group. In 1957 the Griswold Mfg. Co. was sold twice resulting in Griswold's main competitor, Wagner Manufacturing, taking ownership of the name and trademarks.
Production of cast iron cookware began around 1880 under the ERIE brand.
In 1905 the brand name was changed to Griswold's ERIE and in 1906 the famous Griswold cross logo appeared.
This logo design is known as the Slant/ERIE and it dates from 1906 to 1912.
FYI - Any Griswold piece lacking the word Erie was produced in Wagner's Sidney Ohio plant.
This logo design is known as the Slant/Erie PA U.S.A. (or EPU for short) and it dates from 1909-1929. These are my personal favorites.
This #8 is the pan that got me interested in old cast iron. I was happily using modern Lodge iron and then I bought this #8 and was immediately impressed. I have been collecting old iron ever since.
Some handle detail showing the difference between the generations.
This quick and dirty blast through Griswold history leaves out a lot of information. If you are interested in learning more I highly recommend you visit http://www.panman.com
This is David G. Smith's website and you can purchase his invaluable books (co-written with Chuck Wafford) directly from the author. David also sells fine old cast iron at very reasonable prices from this site.