Trademarks varied from as simple as the name of the city of manufacture in plain, block letters, such as the coveted "Erie" pieces produced by Griswold in the late 1800s, to the more elaborately-styled scripts, logos, symbols, and descriptive markings used by Wagner, Griswold, Martin, Favorite, and others up through the 1950s. Favorite Piqua Ware Block FPW Block "The Best To Cook In" FPW Stylized Font FPW Stylized Font "Smiley" Favorite Stoves & Ranges Sunrise Logo Miami Diamond Logo FPW Smiley/Miami Diamond, Dual Logo Puritan (Sears Roebuck) by Favorite 3¼" Diameter, Italicized Lettering aka "Slant" Logo (1906-1912¹, 1909-29², 1939-44³) 3¼" Diameter, Block Lettering aka Large Block Logo (1920-1940)⁴ 1⅞" Diameter, Block Lettering aka Small Block Logo (1939-1957)⁵ 2¼"-2½" Diameter, Block Lettering aka Medium Block Logo or Late Large TM (1955-1957)⁶ Griswold Slant "No Erie" (1909-1920) Victor (1900-1910) Victor/Griswold Mfg. aka Fully-Marked Victor (1920-1935) Good Health (1920s-1930s) Best Made S. It is also seen in slightly varying diameters on pieces of the same pattern number, leading some to differentiate smaller instances as being a "medium logo".
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No pie logo skillet, however, is known without a 4-digit catalog number, which is presumed to have been first used by Wagner ca. And, with the exception of a few very large sizes, pie logo skillets are of the smooth bottom design generally dated from after 1930.
The term "large", however, is more properly applied to the block lettering rather than the diameter. At what points the changes thereafter occured is uncertain.
During its period of production, the small block logo skillets underwent design changes to the handles, resulting in what are known as the early, late, and late grooved handles. The medium block logo or late large TM is believed to have been a planned replacement for the small block logo, but whose development was possibly cut short by the acquisition of Griswold by Wagner Ware.
Information dating it to as early as 1955 has been found.
Wagner Block (1890s) Wagner Arc (1891-1910) Wagner Sidney O.
He was a friend of the family head Mathias Wagner, and was responsible for many of the major buildings in Sidney during that period. We do not strive to manufacture hollow ware as cheaply as possible, but as good as it can be made.
The company acquired their competitor Sidney Hollow Ware from Phillip Smith in 1897. We cannot afford to put on the market ware that will not sustain our reputation.
Arc/Arc (1895-1915) Sidney Arc Logo (1897-1903)⁷ Sidney Block, Centered (1897-1903)⁷ Wagner Sidney O. Arc/Straight, High (1915-1920) Wagner Ware Sidney O.
Straight/Straight, Centered (1910-1915) Wagner Sidney O. Arc/Straight/Straight (1920s)⁸ Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized Logo, High (1922-1924, heat ring & size no.; 1924-1935, heat ring & c/n; 1935-1959, smooth bottom) Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized Logo, Centered (1924-1935, heat ring & c/n)⁹ Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized Logo, "Pie Logo" (1924-1934)¹⁰ National (1914-1930) National/Wagner Ware Sidney -O- Stylized, Dual Logo (1930-1940) Long Life (1930s) Montgomery Ward/Wardway (1930s) This contradicts published sources placing the "pie logo" much earlier, as early as 1915.
Cooking pots and pans with legless, flat bottoms were designed when cooking stoves became popular; this period of the late 19th century saw the introduction of the flat cast-iron skillet.