I finally struck gold during a routine stop at a hardware store today.
Mind you, I went directly against what I preach; This pot was not made by a brand I trust.
But there were none other to be found, and I really wanted a 1 quart pot.
Did I NEED one? Absolutely not.
Have I figured out exactly what I'm going to do with it yet? Absolutely not*.
*I finally made french onion soup in it.
The brand was "Cajun Classic", which I'd never heard of; its quality appeared to be slightly better than Bayou Classic.
Nevertheless, it was the only 1 quart cast iron pot I could find. It's cute!
Normally, though, I would not buy cast iron unless I knew and trusted the brand.