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Aug 8, 2007 02:24 AM

I bought Le Crueset French Oven at thrift shop for $8 but now realise I can't tell how old it is

Can anyone help? I just scored a lovely french oven marked as Le Creuset at a thrift store for $8 (wow!) but in searching for information about how to use and care for it, I've noticed it is a different design to modern ones - it has T shaped handles for starters. Does anyone know the age/history of this style of pot? (photo attached below if I can figure out how to do it!)


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  1. Use it and care for it just as you would if it was made last week. You won the lottery.

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    1. re: chip

      Well yes, I know! But I'm trying to figure out how old the pot is because I've never seen one with handles like this! It is still lined with the cream coloured enamel and it has a 29 marked on the bottom (assuming this is the size?) They dont' seem to make a 29 french oven, so I'm just wondering if maybe this is a particularly old one. Still, I'm happy either way, of course!

    2. I have a couple of green Le Creuset pots purchased at a discount store (Tuesday Morning, I think) in the late 80s, early 90s with the "T" shaped handles. That's about all I know. Hope it helps you date your bargain!