The most commonly found set of Martin cast-iron cookware is known as the hamburger set, Jonathon says. The pieces all have the company’s distinctive hamburger-shaped logo on the back. “The skillets come in 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 14 sizes,” he explains. “Putting together a set of these can take from six months to a year for a new collector.” Jonathon did it in 10 months. “That’s one thing about collecting Martin,” he says. “You’ve got to be dedicated for the long haul.”
Martin cast-iron pieces from the collection of Jonathon Davis of Birmingham, Alabama
- A Martin Stove & Range Grill Pan, sitting inside a No. 14 skillet, the largest one the company made.
- Martin also dabbled in enamel-coated pans like this No. 5 skillet. The No. 8 skillet beneath it has Martin’s distinctive style of a raised number inset in the handle.
- Martin’s hamburger logo is easily recognizable.
- The company also made a set of saucepans with handles that were cast separately and attached to the finished saucepans with screws.
- A No. 8 Dutch oven with the Martin Perfection logo.
- Martin made a line of skillets that included brackets to hold the lids on during cooking. That detail was even repeated on the toy skillets they made.
- The company invented the heartshaped muffin pan, which is still made by cast-iron companies today. Early Martin versions will have spaces between the hearts.