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    Posted 2 years ago

    Watchsearc…
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    This is my tiny cast iron waffle maker that I bought in the early 1990s from an antique/junk store during travels thru the US western states.

    It has never been seasoned or used to make waffles; although I planned to do so, I just never got around to it.

    I’ve seen one or two online but I have no authentication of it even though it has the Griswold name on it.

    I have read that miniature wood stoves that actually held burning wood were made for children to use and learn skills of cooking so I’ve wondered if this tiny waffle maker was made for such a use.

    It is cast iron with wooden handles and would produce a little waffle about 4” in diameter.
    The heart shaped waffle sections and the heart shaped impressions in the waffle make it especially sweet.

    I would love to know more so I welcome comments.
    Thanks for looking-hope you enjoy!

    Happy National Waffle Day tomorrow!

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Oh, that certainly is small. The smallest waffle iron I've ever seen!
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      MALKEY
      Fortapache
      Newfld
      Broochman
      Jscotto363
      Thank you all for having a look and leaving Loves!
      Jscotto363, thank you for commenting!
    3. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      I wonder if these are not special holiday molds for European Xmas waffles? Here is a page I found with more info about Griswold cast iron pans. BTW love cooking with cast iron. Best for French toasts and crepes.

      https://twitter.com/vtgcastironllc
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      That’s an interesting idea about molding candy— I think I should give it a try soon.

      I’m not convinced that the company would go to the trouble to make a tiny replica of a full-size waffle iron if the intent was just to mold candy but heart shaped candy would be cute.
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      I made an assumption that may be incorrect about the European Xmas waffles you mentioned.
      Are they candy or actual waffles?
    6. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      morning ... and Happy National Waffle Day to you too ...lol wouldn't miss it for the world ....lol
    7. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      https://www.castironcollector.com/waffle.php ...??
    8. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 2 years ago
      this is nice ...........................
      https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cash-for-cast-iron/
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      Keramikos- I agree! Our ancestors learned skills that would be totally foreign to us now.

      Roycroftbooksfromme1- thanks for those links to Griswold and Wagner!
      I learned some things, got some questions answered!!!
      I have waffle irons with a shallow rimmed base (less than 2”) and I have one with a very deep rimmed base (5-6”)....I’ve wondered why.
      Now I know:
      The shallow rimmed one is older and was meant to sit over the open eye of a wood cook stove. Since the eye was open, the waffle paddles could rotate without meeting any obstruction.

      The deep rimmed one was made after gas stoves with grates over the burners came into use. The deep base let you rotate the waffle paddles without bumping into the grate.

      I also learned the Griswold was acquired by Wagner (date was no given but I will research that in a bit). Wagner made cast iron items of their own design but put the Griswold name on them. An example was shown in the article of a cornbread stick pan that Wagner made yet put the Griswold name on it. (Explanation for that was not given ....more research needed).
      My tiny waffle maker could be one such item made by Wagner but with Griswold name on it since I haven’t found it on any Griswold product lists.

      I have a tiny 4” cast iron skillet here somewhere that may be collectible. The article stated that a 4” toy cast iron skillet is valued at $1000 by collectors. I need to find mine to see if it one of those mentioned in the article....I probably have some worthless model... }:-(

      I didn’t realize how collectible and valuable some old cast iron cookware is.
      The articles were interesting reading. :^)
      Thanks!
    10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 1 year ago
      still waiting for my waffle,,lol we have the best maple syrup this side of the planet .... yum ..lol later

    11. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Oh, that does sound good! You’re going to force me to contain myself or I’ll be in the kitchen at midnight heating up a waffle iron!
      Maybe, just maybe, I can hold off till breakfast time...
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      I want to thank everyone who has taken a moment to give a “love” to this little waffle maker....I appreciate it!

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