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Reply #57 - Jul 4th, 2018 at 7:06pm
 
I was thinking about the Vegetables pan, but lately I have seen several on auction sites. It was scarce a couple of years ago.  Different pans seem to come and go in waves. Who knows what will be along soon.
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Reply #56 - Jul 4th, 2018 at 6:50pm
 
The Iron Clad nomer seems to have appeared sometime mid 2000's or so... I am still sorting thru a bunch of info I gathered...  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Reply #55 - Jul 4th, 2018 at 6:22pm
 
Cheryl Watson wrote on Jul 4th, 2018 at 6:11pm:
The nonstick coating in the 1990's was Xylan (FDA approved) on both Muffin Pans and Candy Molds. Reference 1998 John Wright Flyer... Smiley


Thanks Cheryl.

The name IronClad comes from a sticker that was on the silver colored pans.  This is weird.  I was just looking up Teflon and Xylan for something I guess in a Facebook post.  Don't remember where.  Xylan has the same high temp issue as does Teflon, but you don't cook muffins that high anyway.


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Reply #54 - Jul 4th, 2018 at 6:11pm
 
The nonstick coating in the 1990's was Xylan (FDA approved) on both Muffin Pans and Candy Molds. Reference 1998 John Wright Flyer... Smiley
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Reply #53 - Jul 4th, 2018 at 5:55pm
 
I revised the list and pulled the Toy Soldiers off. If there are several, then it is just a matter of price, not scarcity. It was tough to find 15 years ago.

The mini pan is interesting. I found a couple in boxes on eBay many years ago. Cheap. It's a pan I've never liked because it is quite shallow. Tricky to bake in. About as bad to bake as the alphabet or barnyard pans. Cookies in the alphabet and barnyard pans are very thin, not uniform thickness and will go from just done to burned in seconds, if not faster - look away and they're gone.

I just noticed the catalog number is on the box, but not on the mini pan.


(Just for grins, I think the Wright California Acorn is a knockoff, not a repro.  It is a different size.  Wonder if folks pay so much for it thinking is is the Lodge pan?  You don't even need to measure to see the differences.)
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Reply #52 - Jul 4th, 2018 at 5:19pm
 
I agree with the Acorn Stick pan being one of the toughest to find. I have only seen 2 come up on ebay in the last 3 years. They always surpass the $100 mark. Ive seen more of the original Lodge pans than the JW repros. Your Jack O' Lantern pan was the only one I had ever seen until I was outbid on one a year ago on ebay. I emailed the foundry about the Jack O' Lantern pan. They stated it would be sold again, but then October 2017 passed without it being offered. I guess well wait and see. I would put it in the #2 spot. The Toy Soldier pan was a tough find for me. Not so much the quantity out there, but the price. There are constantly half a dozen of these pans listed in auctions, all asking over $50 (as much as $95) for them. I just recently found one for $9.95, and all the other auctions are still out there, go figure.
One pan I would add is the Hearts & Star pan. Ive only seen 2 of these pans, yours and mine. Tough to find, but its out there. I would rank this one just above the Toy Soldier pan.
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Reply #51 - Jul 4th, 2018 at 1:47pm
 
Russell, I was just thinking about ranking the scarcity of the various pans. Just from what I know it took to find them, and what I see sometimes on eBay, here's the start of my list, with 1 being the toughest to find.

1. California Acorn Pan - (I don't have an exact age, but would estimate 1970s. I've only ever seen the one I have.)

2.  Jack O'Lantern - 2003  (watch around Halloween, Wright may sell seasonal)

3. L.L. Bean Teddy Bear House - 1993

4. Fruit Top Bundt - 1984

5. Gingerbread Accessories - 1998 (again, watch Wright site around Xmas)

6.  Heart Star Mini Pan - 1985

7. Sea Creatures - 1989

8. L.L. Bean Acorn - 1994


I would have added the 1996 Pineapple, but it is for sale on the Wright website now. The 1994 Vegetables (with the Artichoke and Eggplant) was a possible add too.

And for those just reading this for the first time, there are pictures of all these pans in this thread.

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p.s. Just remembered I need to correct the name of the silver non-stick coating. It is called IronClad.

Revised 7/4/18 per Rusell's comments below.

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Reply #50 - Apr 13th, 2018 at 4:00pm
 
Just noticed this while going through some pdfs:
The rooster mold I have is marked # 31-140. A 1988 Price Sheet has a rooster mold listed, but it has a catalog number of 31-141. Wonder what that is?
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Reply #49 - Apr 13th, 2018 at 1:29pm
 
Thanks y'all for posting all of those, that was pretty interesting.
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Reply #48 - Apr 10th, 2018 at 1:44am
 

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Reply #47 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 1:04pm
 
I think Russell and I are pretty close on date.  I think it may be early 1970's, as I see this catalog numbering system, 31-140 in my 1975 price list.  This number is skipped though.  Assuming it was there, and dropped, it would be pre-1975, assuming after, it would be post-1975.  All three of mine have that number.
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Reply #46 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 12:50pm
 
While it does not appear in any of the JW catalogs I have seen, it is a plain iron mold. By 1980-82, everything of that type seem to be getting a non-stick coating. All of the rooster molds I have seen have the same JW mark on them. They didnt start doing that until the late 70's. Based on those points, its a late 1970's item.
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Reply #45 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 4:39am
 
Russell or Tom, do you have a date for the Rooster Cookie Pan above?
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Reply #44 - Aug 14th, 2017 at 2:04pm
 
Reply #29 shows the first variation of the cornhusker pan. The second variation omitted the Classic Gourmet ceramic dot on the top of one of the handles. Pictured here is probably the third variation of the pan where the raised writing was moved from the underside of the handles to the bottom underside of the pan. The John Wright script signature logo replaces the printed name, and the copyright date now states 1995 instead of the original 1984.
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Reply #43 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 7:52pm
 
Thanks for posting those Tom. That is the first JW Hearts and Star pan I have seen. I was wondering if they made one. I very much appreciate your additions to this post.
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Reply #42 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 7:45pm
 
And finally the:

7 cup muffin pan, USA. You could call it an aebleskiver pan if you want, but Wright did not.

Like the Four Seasons Pan, I don't know the introduction date, but it too is in the 1975 catalog.

Available painted black only. The pan is heavy for its size.

Wright did some Asian production in the late 1990s. There are lots of copies and knockoff out there.

This a copy of an old pan, but the only way I would even think I had an old pan was if it had a gate mark and was relatively light.

With this post, I believe we have pictures of all the John Wright baking pans. All that I know of anyway (and have examples of)

I think many of the pans are very attractive and produce striking baked goods once you learn how to use them.

There are recipes for many of the specific pans in the PDF section. In general they need stiff, shortbread-like dough, although I have used cake mixes in pans like the flowers and seashells. You don't get the detail with the lighter mix.

You are also using products from an American Foundry, started in the 1880s and in continuous production, even today.

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Reply #41 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 7:35pm
 
The Four Seasons Muffin pan, plain iron.  Made in USA, but lots of Asian knockoffs and some Wright Asian production.

I don't know the starting date, but it is in my 1975 catalog.

The heart symbolizes Spring, round is the summer sun, scalloped is fall foliage, and the star is winter.

Some consider it a knockoff of the 1870/71 Reid's Pan, but Reid never made such a small pan.  The cup designs are similar though.

Available plain iron or painted black.
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Reply #40 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 7:30pm
 
Finally got rid of the low grade crud I've had this past week or so and decided to get the last of the Wright pan pictures up.

We'll start with the Mini Pan, black iron, 31-151. Made in USA.

I think it is late 1985, possibly 12/1985. I do have it in a 1998 price list.  Late production may be Asian jobbed out by Wright.

Some folks get excited when the see this one thinking it is a Griswold pan. This star is 6 points.
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Reply #39 - Jan 27th, 2017 at 12:28am
 
Finally got new pictures of the John Wright California Acorn Pan. Doesn't look like it, but the pan is black iron.

Nobody that has seen the Lodge pan should not get it confused. The Lodge acorns almost touch the edges of the pan. The Lodge pan is significantly larger. I don't have dimensions for it.

The Wright pan is 10 13/16" long, not counting handles, and 7 11/16" wide.

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Reply #38 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:18am
 
There are just a couple other common muffin pans that haven't been posted.  I will once I run across a clean one in my piles.  The Four Season (like 1/2 of a Reid's Pan) and the mini muffin, looks kind of like the Griswold heart star muffin pan.
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Reply #37 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:16am
 
And finally, for today, another tough gingerbread house to find.  Made for LL Bean in 1993.  The Teddy Bear Cabin.

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Reply #36 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:14am
 
The Gingerbread Accessories 1998.  Made in USA
Goes well with the Chateau. Really tough to find unless on the Wright website.
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Reply #35 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:11am
 
The Chateau 1993 USA

This one is fun to make and about 3 times the size of the common one.

Wright sometimes still makes and sells these around the Holidays.  Otherwise quite tough to find.
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Reply #34 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:07am
 
Now for some Gingerbread.

The Gingerbread House 1985 USA

This is the one you see ALL the time.
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Reply #33 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:06am
 
Southwest 1988 does not say USA. I suspect cast in China.
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Reply #32 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:04am
 
Toy Soldiers 1986 USA

(kind of a mess, another I need to touch up  Embarrassed)
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Reply #31 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:02am
 
Sleigh Full of Toys 1986 USA

(again, I do have it but grabbed off eBay)
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Reply #30 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 1:01am
 
Sweetheart many years, USA and China

A closeup of what I call the Tombstone Logo on the Harvest pan.

I cheated only the I grabbed the photo of the top off ebay, didn't want to clean mine up. Wink
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Reply #29 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 12:57am
 
Cornhusker Pan 1984 USA
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Reply #28 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 12:56am
 
My acorn pan looks just like yours, IronClad.

Here are a few more.

Sea Creatures 1989 USA
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Reply #27 - Jan 15th, 2017 at 8:26pm
 
Tom, do you recall if the JW acorn pan is plain iron, or is it coated with the silver Ultralon or Iron Clad?
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Reply #26 - Jan 11th, 2017 at 7:52pm
 
Nice animal puzzle pictures, Lewis. The pan is indeed 1984 and USA made.

Here's what the cookies look like. It's a tough pan to learn to use, but gives spectacular results. I spray the pan with PAM with Flour (too lazy to put the flour on separate). The dough is a stiff shortbread. Press it tightly into the mold. I run a bread knife along the top of the pan to even it out when I have them all packed.

Getting the cookies out is a trick and requires a bit of patience. You allow them to cool about 10 minutes or more in the pan. I then take the tip of a steak or paring knife and carefully pry up along the edges of each cookie to kind of wiggle them up and out. The elephant's trunk and billy goats horns are among the toughest to get out. Lots of fun with the kids.

I did make chocolate ones, but they are tough to tell when the are baked.

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Reply #25 - Jan 10th, 2017 at 3:36pm
 
Animal Puzzle Mold 1980-something, 1984 maybe.

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Reply #24 - Jan 9th, 2017 at 5:31pm
 
Tom Neitzel wrote on Jan 9th, 2017 at 3:53pm:
Do you want to include the Chateau Gingerbread pans?  That not the one you see all the time.


I only have the gingerbread man mold posted earlier. If you have the various house molds, please post what you have some time.
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Reply #23 - Jan 9th, 2017 at 3:53pm
 
I'll get the rest up shortly.  Glad to see the Acorn pan, I couldn't find my pictures.  Forgot it was Bean.   I finally bought the pumpkin from Wright.  Kept watching for it on eBay and it was way too expensive.  Think I got it sometime after 2005.  Another one I'm looking for that I have is the Sea Creatures.  Again, uncommon.  Do you want to include the Chateau Gingerbread pans?  That not the one you see all the time.
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Reply #22 - Jan 9th, 2017 at 3:39pm
 
Thanks for posting those Tom. Im glad to see you use the iron cake pan. I sure would like to find one of those plain iron pans. I have never seen the Jack O Lantern pan before, and I really appreciate you taking the time to post that. It reminded me that I forgot to post my LL Bean/JW acorn pan photos. So here they are.
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Reply #21 - Jan 8th, 2017 at 11:58pm
 
Christmas Pan, 1990s, since it is not marked USA, I believe it is made in China.  Wright did outsource a bit to China in the 1990s to early 2000s.  Not quite the same quality as the USA pans.
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Reply #20 - Jan 8th, 2017 at 11:56pm
 
Couldn't help myself, here is one of the Wright bundt cakes with a Raspberry jam glaze.  This is my plain iron pan.  The one above is Ironstone coated.
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Reply #19 - Jan 8th, 2017 at 11:43pm
 
Not quite a muffin pan, but uncommon Wright bakeware.

Fruitop Bundt Pan, 1984, USA.  Makes a nice smaller bundt with a nice glaze.
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Reply #18 - Jan 8th, 2017 at 11:41pm
 
The Barnyard, 1988, USA. Tough to bake, thin, uneven thickness cookies.
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Reply #17 - Jan 8th, 2017 at 11:37pm
 
Jack O Lantern, 2003, USA, clear non-stick finish.
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Reply #16 - Dec 27th, 2016 at 3:52pm
 
These 2 are brand new out of the foundry, even though they are older pans. John Wright has changed from the silvery Iron Stone coating to a more clear lacquer looking coating. Originally, both of these pans were introduced in 1996. Their website and current catalog still show silver coated pan examples, however.
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CAROUSEL 2
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Reply #13 - Apr 27th, 2016 at 5:25pm
 
2  I have that have not been posted. 1985 ABC PAN, and 1984 CAROUSEL PAN in box
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Reply #11 - Apr 21st, 2016 at 7:07pm
 
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Reply #9 - Apr 21st, 2016 at 7:04pm
 
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Reply #8 - Apr 21st, 2016 at 5:58pm
 
1991's Christmas Tree pan:
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Reply #7 - Apr 19th, 2016 at 6:17pm
 
Here is the Balloons pan from 1993.
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Reply #6 - Jan 5th, 2016 at 12:28am
 
A list is a good idea. There aren't many pans in the 2 catalogs I have from the 1970's. Looks like that foundry was more prolific (as far as cookie molds and muffin pans) in the 80's, 90's and early 2000's.
I'm still looking for a Lion/Lamb in good shape. That one looks like a tough clean if it is in rough shape to begin with.
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Reply #5 - Jan 4th, 2016 at 8:44pm
 
I'll have to get busy and get a few more pictures up here, or at least the list of pans that I know of.

You've clearly learned how to use them.  They are lots of fun.  I really like the Animal Puzzle pan.  Lamb and Lion popover too.

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Reply #4 - Jan 4th, 2016 at 8:37pm
 
Here are the All-American Gingerbread Mold from 1984 and an un-named duck muffin pan from 1996:
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Reply #2 - Sep 26th, 2015 at 6:52pm
 
Here is the rooster cookie mold:
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Reply #1 - Sep 26th, 2015 at 6:49pm
 
Here are the sea shell and floral pans:
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Sep 26th, 2015 at 6:47pm
 
I seem to be coming across these lately, so I wanted to start a thread that has them all in one place.
I couldn't pass this one up. One of the cups is an artichoke. Who designs an artichoke into their pan any way? This is a 1994 coated pan. It doesn't look like it was ever used. Probably the easiest cleaning I've ever done on a pan before using it.
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