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CindyJ Mar 9, 2009 06:38 AM

I've got several pieces of Paul Revere "Limited Edition Collection" copper/stainless cookware. They're old (late 60's - early 70's) but never used, and I want to sell them. But there are two identical small pieces that I can't quite figure out, and I don't know what to call them in my ad. Does anyone have any idea what these might be? They measure 6.5" across the top and 4.5" across the bottom. And they're about 1" deep. Thanks.

 
  1. Fritter Mar 9, 2009 06:48 AM

    Gratin pans?

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    1. re: Fritter
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      pass Mar 9, 2009 07:51 AM

      Yep. they're gratin pans - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratin -
      although you could also use them as serving dishes for side dishes.

    2. billieboy Mar 9, 2009 07:12 AM

      Rounded curved sides or straight? I am thinking saucier for the first and windsor for the second. A pix would help.

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      1. re: billieboy
        CindyJ Mar 9, 2009 07:27 AM

        There is a photo. I can't imagine actually cooking in pans so small. Maybe they're used for finishing something under the broiler?

        1. re: CindyJ
          billieboy Mar 9, 2009 08:03 AM

          Sorry, I missed the pix,,,forget my post...:-)
          Maybe chafing insets?

      2. greygarious Mar 9, 2009 07:41 AM

        I had a Revere Ware saucepan of that vintage (not copper) which had a similar thing although with a more rounded bottom. It was a double-boiler insert.

        1. jspear Mar 9, 2009 08:30 AM

          They are double boilers for the quart sauce pans....I have my mothers and can use it on my current pans

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          1. re: jspear
            CindyJ Mar 9, 2009 08:38 AM

            Even though they're only 1" deep?

            1. re: CindyJ
              Fritter Mar 9, 2009 09:25 AM

              They are too shallow for double boilers. That's why you have more than one gratin pan. ;)

          2. RShea78 Mar 9, 2009 10:31 PM

            In the context of the time frame, I suspect them to be double boilers intended for cheese or chocolate melting/dipping.

            If the box is perfectly intact, I am sure that would not only state what they are in the description, but would really boost your <($$)>!

            Go figure with a box you may just have something really valuable. Ho-humm without.

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            1. re: RShea78
              jspear Mar 10, 2009 05:10 AM

              Thanks RShea, if I read the description for gratin pans, I assume that they go in the oven. These were not made for oven use, the set was stove top only.....

              1. re: jspear
                CindyJ Mar 10, 2009 06:54 AM

                jspear -- how do you know that the set was stove top only?

              2. re: RShea78
                CindyJ Mar 10, 2009 06:54 AM

                I no longer have the original box. The thing is, if they were intended to be double boilers, would there be two in the set if there's only one small saucepan? Also, these pans are only 1" deep, and if one was placed over the small saucepan and used as a double boiler, the small pan would wobble if the contents of the pan were stirred,.

                1. re: CindyJ
                  greygarious Mar 10, 2009 07:13 AM

                  As I posted above, I have a Revere saucepan of that vintage which has a round-bottomed double-boiler insert. It's a 2-qt stainless pan with a copper-clad bottom but the insert, which is about 3" deep, is all aluminum. I have trouble thinking that a set of pots and pans would include pieces intended just for the oven, which makes me skeptical about their being gratin dishes, even though the shape is right. This was the era before microwaves - could they have been intended for double-boiler usage, but just for keeping foods warm or reheating leftovers? With the flat bottoms, they could be removed from the saucepans and used at the table as serving dishes.

                  1. re: CindyJ
                    jspear Mar 10, 2009 08:23 AM

                    Cindy, do you have a complete set?? I think that this was a process buying thing, getting different things with different sets, kind of building a full set....

                    1. re: jspear
                      CindyJ Mar 10, 2009 04:23 PM

                      Unfortunately, I have no precise recollection of how I came by these pieces. I'm fairly certain I didn't buy them for myself; I probably got them as a gift. And, if I were to guess, I'd say they were packaged as a "set." Those little pans are strange things for ANYONE to buy as separate pieces.

                2. Fritter Mar 10, 2009 06:54 AM

                  I dug my old set up. They are indeed double boilers for the 3/4 and 1 quart pots.
                  Mine were used as gratin pans and that's about all they are good for because they are so shallow.
                  They are solid metal so I have no idea why any one would think they can not be used in the oven.
                  Either way I hope this helps.

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                  1. re: Fritter
                    jspear Mar 10, 2009 08:03 AM

                    Such debate, I guess mine were never in oven used, always on top of the oven for chaffing and double boiling. Of course they could be oven used to but they just don't feel like oven ready. I guess if selling I would refer to them as "versatile" and leave it at that ;)

                    1. re: Fritter
                      CindyJ Mar 10, 2009 04:24 PM

                      Well, mystery solved! How'd you like to add some new pieces to your set, Fritter?

                      1. re: CindyJ
                        greygarious Mar 11, 2009 07:15 AM

                        Cindy, just describe one as a gratin dish and the other as a double boiler insert and let the buyer figure out which is which! '-D

                      2. re: Fritter
                        jspear Mar 12, 2009 10:32 AM

                        Could be dog bowls, in fact I think one of ours became just that ;-)

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