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Vintage cast iron help! Is it real?

cristaal | Jan 8, 201807:34 AM

Thanks everybody for the help in advance. I asked for a vintage cast iron skillet for Christmas and my husband spent a ton of money on this Griswold pan off of eBay. I decided to use it the other day first time not knowing much about cast iron. I washed it with some water and quickly dried it before use just because I don't know where it's been. It was shiny black and super smooth when I got it I'll add pictures below I seared some hamburgers in it and then went to clean off the bits with some salt in a scrub pad in a touch of water and as I was washing it I noticed that shiny black coating that I thought was a seasoning started to wash off and now the bottom of my pan looks like a dull gray and spotty and places and not shiny like the bottom in the picture. When I did put in a stove for the first time it did kind of have this smell of melted crayons which is bizarre to me but I don't know what the previous owner May of seasoned it with? My question is I am wondering if this is a real cast iron pan on Griswold or is it possibly a fake I've never heard of the Black season washing off just with a little bit of water. And if this is a fake I definitely would want to try to get my husband's money back because he spent over $100 on this 8 inch pan. Being a completely cast our newbie my husband knows nothing about cookware I really need some insight. The first picture is the inside of the pan now after high off washed it and I quickly dried it and the second picture is the bottom of the pan that's how it looked before I wash it. Also to add I thought when I picked it up it wasn't as heavy as I thought it would be my mom has a 12 in Lodge cast iron which is pretty heavy but it's a good bit bigger than mine so obviously I know nothing and I'm looking at the stamping on the bottom and it looks so crisp but there are some scratches on the bottom I just can't tell if this is truly vintage or maybe just steel with black paint

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