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O'Brien & O'Brien, Chicago, Ill DO Info Requested
Nov 28th, 2017 at 11:56pm
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I recently acquired an O'Brien & O'Brien Dutch Oven, Chicago, Ill.  Does anyone have any information regarding the foundry that produced this line of cookware?
  
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Reply #1 - Nov 29th, 2017 at 3:47am
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I had a small skillet marked O'Brien & O'Brien Chicago Ill a while ago, I was never able to find out much about them
  
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Reply #2 - Nov 29th, 2017 at 5:32am
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Came across some O & O years ago. Not much info available Undecided
  
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Reply #3 - Nov 29th, 2017 at 7:42am
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Thanks ya'll, I ran into a similar lack of information when I Googled the name, and noticed that the Dark Side has a list of CI Manufacturers, and O&O is listed, but when I clicked on the link, I got redirected, so that will be a research project for my limited slack time.  Again, thank you.
  
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Reply #4 - Nov 30th, 2017 at 8:45am
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I've long wondered what, if any, association existed between Obrien & Obrien and Crescent Ozark. They're virtually identical from the bee hive covers to the manner in which they are marked underneath and there's the  proximity of Chicago and St. Louis.
  
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Reply #5 - Dec 17th, 2017 at 9:40pm
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Broke out my O &O dutch oven and a #9 unmarked skillet that fits a Wagner lid and whipped up a pot roast and a pone of corn bread that was fit for royalty.  Hurt myself, almost, and cleanup took less than five minutes (for the CI). The O&O is an excellent choice for not only the stovetop but the oven as well.
  
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Re: O'Brien & O'Brien, Chicago, Ill DO Info Requested
Reply #6 - Feb 11th, 2018 at 10:50pm
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Terry Wharton wrote on Nov 30th, 2017 at 8:45am:
I've long wondered what, if any, association existed between Obrien & Obrien and Crescent Ozark. They're virtually identical from the bee hive covers to the manner in which they are marked underneath and there's the proximity of Chicago and St. Louis.


Terry, I'm of the same opinion and will include Mi-Pet in the discussion as well.  They all used similar font, had the tight circular logo on the bottoms.  Some of the Crescent pieces are also marked Union Made. The few pieces of O'Brien I've seen are heavier than other makers of the same size.

Someone maybe 2 years ago had dug up some info on Crescent that no one had posted before and IIRC, they were operating as early as the late 19 teens and 1920's in St. Louis.  We know that CHF bought patterns from Favorite after they went BK in 1933 or so.  Could Mi-Pet and O and O have contracted with Crescent to be a presence in the Chicago market as competition to CHF?? 
  
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Re: O'Brien & O'Brien, Chicago, Ill DO Info Requested
Reply #7 - Feb 12th, 2018 at 9:51pm
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I did some digging in the old Forum, available only to WAGS members.  Corinne Wetzel had found some historical info and a couple others, Cheryl Watson and Jim Fuchs had found a bankruptcy sale for Crescent in 1931 which was earlier than I had recalled.  There may have been some connections (not completely flushed out) between some foundries using the name Crescent that turned up in Springfield, MO and O'Brien that was in Peoria, IL and Chicago.  Could be that like CHF bought Favorite patterns that Mi-Pet and O and O did the same with Crescent??
  
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Re: O'Brien & O'Brien, Chicago, Ill DO Info Requested
Reply #8 - Feb 15th, 2018 at 6:22pm
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I appreciate the info, and the effort it has taken to glean as much as you have.  Regardless of the history of the O&O hollow ware, or the lack of knowledge of the foundry, the DO performed quite well, not only on the stove top, but in the oven as well.  Well crafted, with smooth interior, and a nifty external heat ring, it ranks right up there with my Martin, or Birmingham, or even my older Lodge for performance.
  
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