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This Cast-Iron Skillet Pays Tribute to Vintage Pans Prized by Collectors

Like the Griswolds, Wagners and legends of cast iron gone by, Field’s signage has changed in time.

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By way of a lighter build, super smooth cooking surface and a lot less fuss, Field Company’s cast-iron skillets are some of our favorite for everyday use.

Starting today, one of the companies on the fore of the revival of classic cast-iron cookware — that is super smooth, more artisanal pieces — is paying a more subtle tribute to old names like Griswold and Wagner: a limited release of its No. 10 first castings. A first casting is exactly what it sounds like — the first official version of its staple item. There are only 100 available.

As I wrote in “5 Reasons You Should Buy This $2,800 Cast-Iron Skillet Immediately“, cast-iron skillets can reach extraordinary dollar values by simply being one of a small number and having markings that are identifiable. In the case of a $2,800 Griswold, a great deal of prior knowledge, Googling and zooming in on tiny markings was needed to discern its age, rarity and value.

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Field Company’s original skillet features minor differences in wall slopes and thickness, but the only significant difference is stamp, which sports a few flourishes in the form of wheat bushels and a manufacture date.

Field Company is not a storied maker of cast-iron skillets (the brand’s only been in business since 2017) but the release of the first castings of its skillet act as a statement of intent. Basically, Field Company wants you to know it plans to be around for long enough for its first casting — which, uniquely, has its manufacture date included on the stamp — to accrue value because of its own age and rarity.

It’s an interesting and fun move for a company like Field, and makes for a solid gift for the cast-iron nerd in your life. The first castings are available for $200 — that is, until they sell out.

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