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It is a relatively easy process to do a Google “images” search on the web for the words or markings on a piece to see if you can find a match.
Be as descriptive as you can when doing your search.
If you click on “visit page,” it will link to the page where the pan is featured.
There, if you are lucky, you will find identifying information about your pan.
Absent markings on the pan, it is often impossible to identify the maker of a gate marked piece.
There were many cast iron foundries in the 1800s, and many did not put maker’s marks on their wares.
The gate mark is a remnant of the casting process that was used in the 1800’s.
Instead, they may have been marked “ERIE.” If a piece has only the word “ERIE” on it, it was likely made in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s by the Griswold Manufacturing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania. The distinctive handle shape easily identifies Iron Mountain skillets.
Caveat: I have learned that sometimes people “guess” about the origin or manufacturer of a pan, or are sometimes careless in identification.