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Jul 22, 2007 01:03 PM

Does anyone know how old my Revere ware might be?

A friend just gave me her late aunt's copper bottomed Revere ware. (My friend doesn't cook.) The bottoms say made in Riverside CA. A little googling told me that Revere ware was first made in NY and now is not made in the US at all. I also read some complaints about the newer ones being poor quality. These seem nice and heavy. I especially like the double boiler. For no particular reason, I'm curious about the history of these pans. Any ideas?

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  1. Apparently, they started producing products there in 1948. A little more history at this link.

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    1. re: PommeDeGuerre

      You're lucky! Reverware is sturdy stuff. I hope to inherit my mom's set eventually. You'll obsess over getting that copper clean, but dont worry -- the aging just enhances its quality. 1948 sounds about right, perhaps even earlier, since mom's set was a wedding gift (they were married in '48).

      1. re: Cheflambo

        They really made stuff to last in those days. My mom is still using the Farberware she got as a wedding present in '55.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Amen! I have all the Revereware from when ex- and I married in 1978...okay, okay, one of the lids lost the knob...but I LOVE cooking with my old Revereware.

        2. re: Cheflambo

          My Revere Ware (6 pieces) came in the form of wedding presents in 1953, and they've been heavily used ever since.
          They are indeed durable, though last Christma, one of the larger sauce pans sprang a tiny leak, I think about the line of the top of the copper bottom. I've kept the pan -- does anybody know of where one can get such repaired?

          1. re: PatBnorthern

            A good metal shop should be able to weld it and buff it out. Find one that works with stainless steel But, I think if it were me, I would set it aside and look for a replacement on eBay. The reason I say this it that the fix may be expensive and also there may be another thin spot waiting to pop. Good luck.

            1. re: dcrb

              Thanks. Those are good suggestions.


        3. re: PommeDeGuerre

          My Mother gave me her Revereware after she left my Father and I grabed it so fast I would not let it go. Ever since I was a little girl those pot and pans where hanging on the wall and if one of Kids clean that pan and make it shine again. Everytime we used them our Mother would make us get the copper cleaner out to clean the bottom of the pan. If we missed a spot she would make us do it again. So why did I grab those pans when she was giving them away. I thought those copper pans was going to be worth some money some day! Big surprise to me I find you folks saying how much you love using them while my is stored away! Bummer! Maybe I should throw my set away that I am using now and use those pans!!

        4. Glencora - I have a couple of my mom's copper-bottom Revere sauce pans. They are superior to anything else in my kitchen!
          I don't know if this method damages the copper, but to clean the copper bottom use a well-salted lemon. You will need very little muscle; it's magic! Actually, nothing, including 60 years of use, seems to damage these amazing pans.

          1. Thanks everyone and to PommeDeGuerre for the link. (You have a great name, BTW) Almost all my pots and pans are hand-me-downs. I like the sense of history and appreciate the high quality of some of the older stuff. Plus, it's a form of recycling.

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            1. After several years in development, copper clad Revere Ware in the familiar design was introduced at the 1939 Chicago Housewares Show and was a hit. I think it's even represented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. After a wartime manufacturing hiatus, postwar households couldn't get enough Revere Ware; they had a substantial portion of the market sewed up.

              Corning Glass bought Revere in the 90's I think, then sold off all their housewares products, and they are now manufactured overseas, like everything else. You see lots of Revere Ware at thrift, on ebay, and in the kitchens of your older relatives. It's good stuff.

              There's even an ebay store that shines up Revere Ware and sells it for relatively big bucks: But I bought a big set this weekend from my neighbors across the street at their garage sale for $10. They'll be sorry!

              1. i have some of my grandmas! :-) she was from buffalo, & kept her revereware set immaculate. . .