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, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
1. A Martin Stove & Range Grill Pan, sitting inside a No. 14 skillet, the largest one the company made.
2. 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.
3. Martin’s hamburger logo is easily recognizable.
4. The company also made a set of saucepans with handles that were cast separately and attached to the finished saucepans with screws.
5. A No. 8 Dutch oven with the Martin Perfection logo.
6. 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.
7. 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.