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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.

    http://www.fundinguniverse.com/compan...

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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.

              Cheers.

        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: stores.ebay.com/The-Shine-Shop. 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. . .

                1. First of all, I live in Riverside, CA and I had no idea that revereware was made here at one time! We moved from Ohio when I was a young girl. My mom always had revereware and never cooked with anything else. When I was first married many moons ago, I also received revereware (30+ yrs ago) and I still have these same pieces. I would never give them up. A few yrs ago, someone took a soup pot that I had brought into work for a potluck and I have been devastated ever since. I clean the copper bottoms every time I use them and if you do that, it is very simple each time. Any ideas where I can get a reverware soup pot? I have to get another one!

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                  1. re: lcadena

                    Try e-bay,there's older Revere Ware on there all the time.If you don't find your piece right away don't give up,people from all over the world sell on there and it's bound to show up at least once.

                  2. as an added note, I have my mom's old pots and pans also but I just got from a man friend an oval, very heavy fry pan that has the whole bottom and sides in copper and a real metal handle. The inscription on the bottom says PAUL REVERE in cursif ( handwriting, not printing) looks real old and none of my old stuff has Paul Revere on the bottom and copper sides as well as bottom. Anybody seen anything like this?

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                    1. re: hilld

                      hilld -

                      That pan with the Paul Revere signature on the bottom is part of the Signature Collection that Revere put out from 1967 - 1985. it is copper on the outside bonded to stainless steel on the inside, and has a solid brass handle. Those pans were made more for show than use - the copper layer isn't thick enough to keep food from burning, and the handles are too thin to hold securely (they also get as hot as the pan itself!) They changed to a thick copper core with stainless on the inside and outside in 1984, but closed the line down in 1986-7, so it's hard to find.

                       
                       
                       
                      1. re: kid_cleo

                        We have some of those purchased at the Revere outlet store in the early 80s. They're not just for show; they're OK pans, and we've used them a lot, but now mainly prefer our All-Clad pans.

                        1. re: roxlet

                          I have just inherited a friend's "Paul Revere Limited Edition" solid copper/stainless steel pots and pans. They have never been used and still have the sticker on the inside bottom. Should I remove the vinyl coating and use them ( are they better than what is out there today?) or should I try to sell them? Are they worth anything? There is also Le Creuset stuff...never used. Is that good stuff?

                          1. re: spookie1026

                            Le Creuset good? If you are in doubt send it all to me. Take the stickers off the Revereware and clean it and use it.

                            1. re: Candy

                              Thank you, Candy. I read more reviews and checked out Le Crueset some more and understand now how awesome it is. I even see it being used on the food network a lot. Thank you for your opinion.

                            2. re: spookie1026

                              This thread made me go on an attic hunt for some copper pieces I knew were up there and had never been used. Sure enough, I found several pieces of the Limited Edition Collection, still with their original stickers and protective coating intact.

                              From the information on this website http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoywo4/th..., I've concluded that my pieces are from the initial production of this line, dating, probably, from the early 70's. There's a 3 qt. casserole with lid, an 8" frying pan, a 1-qt. saucepan with lid, an au gratin pan, and two small shallow pieces with flared handles that defy definition. Maybe they're small baking dishes, or serving dishes.

                              Although I'm currently shopping for one, or maybe two pieces of copper cookware, these are NOT the pieces I need, or even want, so I'd like to sell them on eBay or Craig's List, along with the wall rack and hooks. But I have NO idea how much they might be worth. How do I place a value on these pieces?

                              1. re: CindyJ

                                My mother just informed me that her copper bottom pot/pan set was given to her by my grandmother as a shower gift. The marking on the bottom of the set does not mention Riverside, CA or Clinton, Il, and I have to come to learn that this set came from Rome, NY (distinguishable by the lack of markings of geographical places). My mother married in August 1950, and I also learned that these Pots/Pans began to be re-manufactured post WWII in 1950. I believe her set to be one of the earliest to be manufactured after the war. I was wondering if you ever found a way to identify the value of your set, and if so, would you mind posting this information. Thank you....

                      2. My mom always cleaned her RevereWare with Kleen King. This stuff is great and works in a snap. I use it for my copper bottom stainless steel pans also.

                        http://www.faultless.com/kleenking.asp

                        1. My Revere Ware dates from 1948 just after I was married. I love it more than any cookware I've used since. I wouldn't buy the new stuff, because it isn't the sturdy material it used to be. Once in a while I see the old pieces at a thrift store, and I am
                          looking for one of those now, to replace a pot I ruined by burning sugar water in it. I have
                          tried every online method for cleaning it, and just can't get it all out.

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                          1. re: lurline

                            I can't totally agree on Revere Ware's decline in quality. My original set dates back to 1964. I purchased some replacement pieces in the late 1990's. They were equal in quality to the originals. About 5 years ago I purchased a 16 qt. Revere stock pot. Same stainless w/ copper clad bottom as the other pieces. But the spun finish inside of the pot is a bit rough. It was not smoothly polished out like the other pieces and the lid is not exactly a perfect fit. Functionally, it is just as good as all the other Revere Ware I've used. It distributes the heat very evenly. But the unpolished inside surface is harder to clean. And the lid, well, that's an aesthetic imperfection.

                          2. I know it last forever,my parents received there set when they were married back in 1952.The handle's are still tight the pans are still in top shape,this cook ware last forever.my mom has since added to her's over the years,she has never had to have any of it repaired or has never had to throw any of it out.Some of it is over 50 years old and when the bottoms are shined they look brand new.

                            1. Try this link for a great history & timelines of various Rever Ware model releases:

                              http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoywo4/th...

                              Enjoy!

                              1. Secret I saw on the Today show---Use Catsup to clean and polish the copper!!!!!
                                It works great. Can you beleive we eat that catsup stuff??? Mrs. T

                                1. Hi All! I too love my Revere Ware, some came from my Mother and some I've purchsed. I wouldn't purchse any made after 1968, the copper bottoms are much thinner than the older stuff and just doesn't cook as well. Do any of you have the pressure cooker from the 1940's???? I can't locate a manual and am hoping that someone out there has one and I can get a copy. Thanks!

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                                  1. re: Babs53

                                    babs53

                                    Depending on the type of steam release valve, the first model (with a pressure gauge) was made for only two years (1940-1942). A revised model was brought out in 1942 but because iof the War, was not put in distribution until 1945 - it used a system of three small weighted disks and was very reliable and lasted until the 1960's. There were several versions put out since then, but nothing to equal that 1942-65 model. Don't give up on finding parts--The Shine Shop is getting them together as we e-mail!

                                    1. re: kid_cleo

                                      Sorry to take so long but did not hear from this until just now. Very strange! Have not used the pressure cooker and probably never will, it looks brand new and I since have gotten an electric pressure cooker that I love to use. still love the look of my RevereWare though and use my pots and pans all the time.
                                      Wow, 5 and a half years before I get any notification on this.

                                      Thanks though!

                                  2. I am new to the forum...so hope someone gets this ! I was lucky enough to find an old Revereware pressure cooker at a resale shop yesterday...it in in wonderful shape..looks like it was very gently used and even had the rack inside (it's a 6 qt)..but the giggler (you know) was missing...lo and behold, when going through the miscellaneous bins, I found it...(I can't believe my luck)..It is very heavy, has a copper bottom and the little giggler is round flat and black, enamel and has a small bail at the top to pull it off...does anyone know anything about this one...how many pounds of pressure? Does anyone have a booklet? I believe this was probably made between the 40s and 60s as all the new pressure cooker gigglers are stainless and this is black enamel...however, it's in such good shape it's hard to believe it's that old...I am elated as I love the feel and history behind all this old cookware...I just wonder how many pots of soup and chicken and dumplings were cooked for how many hungry little mouths... any other crazzies out there like me?

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                                    1. re: pressuregirl

                                      pressuregirl, you can find the manual for your pressure cooker (as well as lots of other revere ware manuals) at http://www.reverewareparts.com on the "info & manuals" page. Despite fermented's word of caution, there are lots of people (like me) who continue to use their vintage Revere Ware pressure cookers still with no problems.

                                    2. New replacement parts for vintage era Revere Ware are now available at http://www.reverewareparts.com, including pan handles, pot handles, lid knobs, handle screws and nuts, and pressure cooker gaskets.

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                                      1. re: Revere Ware Parts

                                        pressuregirl--Miss Vickie does not recommend using the older pressure cookers--it could be way dangerous. There could be minute cracks, etc. I agree with her--Use your old Reverware pressure cooker for decoration but nothing else.
                                        http://missvickie.com/index.html

                                        1. With most of my revere ware being over 63 years old - they are indestructible - I do have some from when I had my first apartment - and they too, back from 1984 are slightly lighter than the one's from 1946. I polish them after each use with 'twinkle' or other copper paste polish - and they look amazing hung up in the kitchen. I try and not put them into the oven too much - or if need be, only in a slow oven to keep foods warm, otherwise, these babies are work horses! Only my few Le Crusette pans are close favorites - ok and the one clad iron I have....Go Revere!

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                                          1. re: Divaliscious

                                            I inherited all my mother's Revereware --purchased probably in the very early 1950's--when she passed away about four years ago. However, I just could NOT bring myself to use it. It was so irrevocably and completely imbued with her essence (she loved to cook and was excellent at it) after 50 years of use that it just NEVER seemed like it would be mine. It brought back a flood of memories but not all of them were good (as in most families, not all the meal times at our house were harmonious and joyful) and it just seemed "lost" without her, too.

                                            I sold it at a yard sale and haven't regretted it at all. I kept the flatware that saw my family through Christmas dinners and Easter brunches and Saturday night suppers and big, family reunions after we'd grown up and made families of our own, but it was several years before I could bring myself to actually EAT from it. Now, though, that the grief at losing my mother and my father within 15 months of each other has eased, I'm very happy to open the silverware drawer and see it there. :-)

                                            But not the pots and pans. And, anyway, I had my own All Clad tradition already started.

                                            1. re: Beckyleach

                                              I have mine, my mom's, and my grandmother's revere ware. I confess I don't use the frying pans, but everything else I use every day. I add to my collection whenever I see pans at thrift stores. I have a few pans I have warped the bottoms, my bad for leaving on stove.

                                              Insofar as getting burned on sugar off the pan, if you have a pan whose black plastic handle is held on with a screw, you can remove it, turn the pan upside down, and run it in the oven when you use the self cleaning cycle. No guarantees, but most stains disappear in the cleaning cycle; cremated/obliterated. But DON'T trust the plastic handles in the oven.

                                              1. re: Beckyleach

                                                I have a post in another thread about some inherited Revere Ware, but I really need to know,now, how to get the film off. This stuff is probly 50 years old and I tried soaking it like I was told and it only turned white. Will Barkeeper;s Friend, or something else get it off or is there no hope for it?

                                                1. re: spookie1026

                                                  If you are talking about film/gunk buildup on the copper bottoms, I use Barkeeper's Friend (made into a thick paste using water) and a mouse sander fitted with a Scotch Brite pad. Takes less than 5 minutes. You could just use the paste and the scotch brite pad - but it will take a lot of elbow grease.

                                            2. Years late I see. During the 70's and early 80's I worked for companies that sold the plastic to the molders that made the handles. The oldest ones, that I'm aware of, had a two piece phenolic plastic handle that was screwed through a metal plate that was attached to the pan. The later ones, the ones from the 70s and later, at least while they were made in the US, were a one piece molding over a metal insert and the insert was screwed to the pan. If they are the two piece handles, you can take them apart and on the inside there is likely a molder's mark and also very likely a date stamp on the plastic handle. This was customary at the time. One of the early molders wad DieMolding Corporation and there mark was a DM that ran together, it's likely these were from the 50's or early 60's. I have some of both.

                                                1. Revereware was manufactured in Rome, NY before 1950. I lived in the town. it started there. You could go into the factory and get anything they made at discount prices. My mother got everything they made! I still have all the pots and pans. They are still in great shape.

                                                  1. I bought a pan yesterday at a thrift store that says "1801 Paul Revere USA ☆" on the bottom. It is heavy (5 pounds) and is pure thick copper, with a thin layer of stainless steel on the outsides (except the edges). It is 12 inches square (accept for the grips {handles} that extend that side to 13.5 inches.)
                                                    I know almost nothing about cookware, but this looks like it would be good for frying bacon; however, searching Google brings up nothing on that. In fact, Google shows nothing on a shallow, yet heavy copper clad Paul Revere pan like this at all.
                                                    If it wasn't so heavy (5 lb), I would think it is a serving tray... ??

                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
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                                                    1. re: RonRay

                                                      Hi, Ron:

                                                      It looks as if you have a very nice griddle there. Five pounds for a shallow 12x12 piece would indicate a good thickness of copper.

                                                      I, too, grew up in a Revereware home. We never had this piece. But the stuff we *did* have (from the 1950s) was not especially thick or heavy.

                                                      I think of Revereware as the prototypical clad. If you were to trace out the lineage of all clad, it would feature Revereware as the Cain--if not the Adam--of all SS clad.

                                                      Your griddle prolly makes hella pancakes.

                                                      Aloha,
                                                      Kaleo

                                                    2. my parents got married in 1949, and i can remember my father putting up pegboard to display my mother's prized and polished revere ware. like julia child's husband, tracing the outlines of the pots, so we always knew which pot and lid belonged where.

                                                      my sister inherited the bulk of the collection, but i treasure my double boiler.

                                                      1. I have my mother's from 1950's and she bought me a set in 1977. Now I have both sets. Only thing is there is another set mixed in. The markings are all Revereware but different design on the bottom. Mine say they are made in Illinois and Mom's has Paul Revere's head inside the circle. The other set(have no idea where they came from) has the head outside the circle. Anyone have a clue? One set also says "Since 1801" If anyone can help me I would appreciate it.

                                                        1. Riverside Ca Revere Ware opened specifically for cookware in 1949, and Clinton, Illinois a year later. Revere closed the Riverside facility down forever in 1962, after 13 years in operation. So the item you have could be made within those years.