Here are some unmarked pieces you're likely to see, and information on how to identify who made them and when. Bear in mind that, as with marked pieces, transitions between designs did not necessarily occur abruptly, so all dates given are generalizations.
The characteristics described apply to skillets unless otherwise noted.
What's interesting about unmarked pieces is they are typically similar if not equal in quality to their marked counterparts.
While the majority are not considered collectible, per se, they can represent excellent value as "user" pans, and can usually be obtained at a fraction of the price of comparable fully-marked ones.
However, many struggle knowing how to proactively encourage this type of relationship with another person.
In addition to store brands, like those made for companies such as Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward, several major foundries produced unmarked versions of their goods for sale in hardware, department, and building supply stores.
As such, these no-name pieces could be sold at a lower price without sacrificing the brand image and value of their main product lines.
Most people hesitate sharing this type of information for fear of offending their partner or hurting their feelings. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs , NIV).
However, romantic relationships are one of the best contexts for sharing truth in a loving, non-attacking way. The third step in developing full disclosure is sharing what you really think and feel about your relationship together.