GRISWOLDCAST IRON MAILBOX #106A A little griswold history for all my great bidders and lookers. Griswold is a brand of cast iron cookware and acessories that was made from a partnership of Matthew Griswold and his two cousins Samuel and John Seldon in 1868 they manufactured seperable butt hinges and other articles of hardware thus known as the "Butt Factory." This name was dropped in 1873 and the company became known as Seldon & Griswold Manufacturing Company. In 1882 Sam died and in 1884 Matthew bought out the interests held by John and by Sam's heirs to become the sole owner. A fire swept through the plant in 1885 but it was repaired and remodeled the same year. The firm was reorganized two years later, and the Griswold Manufacturing Company was chartered. In 1903 they moved the plant to the old Shaw Piano building. In 1905 Matthew stepped down and his son Matthew Jr. took over as President. In 1914 he was replaced by his brother Marvin and he is accredited with getting the company into the cookware business. The business was handed down to several decendents and finally in 1957 Griswold was purchased by McGraw Edison Co., of Chicago, Ill., within six months they sold the Griswold name and trademarks to the Wagner Manufacturing Company of Sidney, OH. They in turn in 1959 transferred all Griswold trademarks rights to Textron Inc. of Providence RI. For the next ten years they continued to make Griswold cookware under the auspices Randall Co., a subsidary of Textron Corporation. General Housewares Corp. acquired all rights to both Griswold and Wagner trademarks in 1969. A friend is selling off some of his cast iron collection. This means you the bidder get to add to your collections or just get a really super nice piece of cast iron. This mailbox is in great condition. It has the Griswold cross on the front. On the underside of the first flap is the number 105. On the next flap on the underside is Griswold Erie PA and below that is 106A. Please look at all pictures and ask for additional ones and all questions concerning the item before bidding. I am no expert on any item I list for auction. I describe the item to the best of my ability. I accept all forms of payment. PayPal, personal checks, cashier's check and money order's these all must clear bank before item will be shipped. All shipping and handling is paid by the buyer. Insurance is required to cover your investment. This is also paid by the buyer. I will ship internationally but all shipping, insurance and handling is paid by the buyer. If winning bidder is an international buyer please do not pay invoice until I get a confirmed address so I can take the item to the post office and get a cost for you as all countries are different rates. I reserve the right to sell my item locally. Good luck to all bidders! Thank you to all lookers. If you like what I have for sell then add me to your favorite sellers, as you will never know what I will be listing for week to week. Sometimes I don't even know! :)
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