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I have begun collecting Le Creuset cookware beginning with pieces I inherited. I would like to find some info. on the various lines and colors, especially the meaning of the numbers stamped on the bottom of many pieces. The more info I have the better I can navigate the likes of E Bay. Also, does anyone know of a good source other than E Bay for purchasing vintage pieces? Thanks for any help I may receive. Debbie

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  1. There's a yahoo group called le creuset collectors. They might be able to point you in the right direction. I'm not into vintage LC, but I know people who are and they comb flea markets and estate sales and seem to come up with winners. Very time consuming, but if you're into it, it's worth it, I'm sure.

    1. The two digit number on the bottom or underside of the lid is the diameter in cm. For example, '28' is 28 cm or about 11 inches.

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      1. re: RichardM

        One marked 22 is a 3 qt. 26 is a 5 qt.both are round. My 5.5 qt oval is marked 29. My small rect. baker is marked 30 and my lasagna bakers are marked 40. I have a covered terrine marked 32. My individual gratins are marked 20. I guess that shoold make it clear as mud. The most traditional color is flame, that classic orange. That is the color most markted in France. They change color palates to makret to the US etc. I have one classic flame piece i got well over 30 years ago. The rest of mine aquired late 80's early 90's are either white or hunter green.