Q: I just bought a deep cast-iron skillet at an auction. I’m trying to find out what it’s worth. The bottom of the pan is stamped “Martin Stove and Range, Florence, Alabama.” The lid has an ornate handle and is stamped “No. 9.” I’d like to find out something about the maker, too.
A: Brothers W.H. Martin and Charles Martin founded Martin Stove & Range Co. after buying two other stove companies in 1917. The new company made cast-iron hollowware from 1917 until 1952. Skillets, kettles, griddles, pans, sad irons and other items were made. Skillets were made in eight different sizes and sell today for prices based on size and condition. Recent prices go from about $10 to over $50. Only a few sell for higher prices. Whatever your winning bid was at the auction is probably the wholesale price for the skillet. It would probably sell for more in a shop.