Graniteware is a generic term used to describe enamel coated iron or steel kitchenware. Originating in Germany, the first American graniteware was manufactured in the 1860s. American manufacturers received a major market boost when World War I curtailed German imports.
Graniteware is still being manufactured today. Older examples tend to be heavier. Cast-iron handles date between 1870 and 1890; wood handles between 1900 and 1910. This market experienced a major price run in the early 1990s as dealers raised their prices to agree with those published by Helen Greguire.
References: Helen Greguire, “The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Graniteware: Colors, Shapes & Values” (1990, 1994 value update), Book 2, (1993, 1997 value update), Collector Books; Dana G. Morykan, “The Official Price Guide to Country Antiques & Collectibles,” Fourth Edition, House of Collectibles, 1999; David T. Pikul and Ellen M. Plante, “Collectible Enameled Ware: American & European,” Schiffer Publishing, 1998.
by Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”