Won on Ebay on Sept. 28, 2013 for $41.00 plus $14.61 shipping from Bryant, Alabama. Seller was iamthewann. He is a melt-mold production supervisor at the Lodge factory.
Markings on bottom are 8 over FS and MADE IN USA in the center so it was made after 1960.
Eric responded to my question about it history with the following. “Not sure of the age of these items. The chicken fryer was purchased on Sand Mtn. in North East AL at a flea market that runs every Sunday. I have had it a long time. It was taken to work shot blasted & run thru the seasoning line at Lodge. I picked up the lid when i was visiting my parents in Florence AL a few weeks back. The man I got this one from cleans & seasons his own skillets. He has a booth in Florence & only sells Cast iron skillets on Sat & Sun. ”