This example is a reproduction of a cast iron novelty ashtray in the shape of a skillet. Originally made by the Griswold Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania many reproduction examples of this piece continue to show up. Keep in mind reproductions and fakes hoping to be mistaken for real examples of this miniature novelty can vary in quality, application of markings and in surface finish.
Finding a maker's name printed somewhere on an item should never be taken for sufficient proof that item is authentic. Always look for other characteristics. Note the excess flash obvious at the seam edge inside the opening on the handle and the rough, pitted look to the surface. Those features indicate poor quality manufacturing methods. A piece this poorly made would never have left Griswold's factory, a company known for high quality cast iron ware.
Similar to authentic examples the bottom of this piece is marked “QUALITY 0 WARE GRISWOLD” and it also has the central dual circle trademark, "GRISWOLD." While the markings may seem to be correct they are not quite 'right.' Letters of the central trademark, for instance, are mismatched and look amateurish. The dual circles around the trademark name are just as badly drawn as the lettering.
The low quality casting and badly made or faintly stamped trademarks can help to easily identify most new repro copies of this Griswold skillet ash tray, even if someone does not have advance knowledge of any other item specifics, like how the Griswold name should look or where it would have been applied on an authentic example.
Measures 3 3/4 inches in diameter and it is 1 inch high.
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