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Rare Antique 'Best Steel SMP' 12 Inch Spider Skillet Frying Pan
Very much indeed a RARE spider skillet with no other specimens known to exist (at least not on the internet), made in Canada by 'SMP' circa 1911-1927. These handy pans are much more lightweight than the traditional cast iron cookware and just as useful - perfect for wood stoves and camp fires alike. It would make for a nice unique display piece to hang up in your country kitchen or use in rustic or cabin decor. The handle is embossed "BEST STEEL" as well as an acronym "SMP" amid a shield-like emblem. It is known that SMP also made early gas cans, kerosene lamps and steel buckets under the brand "SMP Quality". Moreover, SMP manufactured a complete spectrum of steel-based kitchen ware.
About the Company: SMP stands for "Sheet Metal Products" which was an acronym for the Sheet Metal Products Company of Canada Limited which was one of the six companies which comprised the GSW (General Steel Ware Limited): McClary Manufacturing Company, London, Ontario; Sheet Metal Products Company of Canada Limited, Toronto; Thomas Davidson Manufacturing Company Limited, Montreal; E. T. Wright Limited, Hamilton, Ontario; and A. Aubry et fils Limitée, Montreal). GSW was founded, based on this merger, in October 1927. SMP was itself initially founded in 1911.
With a little sleuthing we were able to trace this exact frying pan to one of SMP's Product Catalogs from ©1915. It is a "Best Steel Spider" (found on page 245 at https://archive.org/details/smpline00smpcuoft).
Dimensions: Measures 11½" at the top; 9⅞" at the base; 2⅛" high. Overall length is 18½".
CONDITION: Seasoned and a little bit rusty, well-used. No dents/warping, perfectly flat and round. No holes or thin areas, very sturdy & strong.