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Sep 18, 2009 11:02 AM

Copper Cookware by Guillard

I am a newbie to copper, but made a big leap (at least in $$) by purchasing several pieces. The two most significant and most expensive (!) are a 6 Gallon 12"x12" 2.5mm thick (minimum, it may be thicker but I don't have a caliper in mm, just inches) stock pot (yes, almost too heavy to lift even when empty) with the mark "Guillard Paris" and a casserole, with the same marking and thickness, that measures 10"h x 12"w. I also purchased several misc pieces, a copper bowl, a collander, a caramel pan, a very small sauce pan, etc.,. The lot was purchased for $350 at an estate sale. My questions are as follows:
1. Does anyone know anything about Guillard. I have not seen this line mentioned in any threads

2. Although no copper is showing through the tin lining, there are blackish areas on the bottom of the pans. I have cleaned them well and am now wondering if the black areas are a problem that will require me to re-tin the pots even though there is no visible copper.

3. If I wanted to resell the overly heavy stock pot, what would be a fair price (assuming it does not need re-tinning)?

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  1. Guillard is (or was) a French maker of cookware. Name doesn't matter for thick tinned copper, however, as it's all basically alike (caveat on THICK).

    Ignore the blackened areas, it's a normal occurrence on tinned interiors.

    Check eBay for pricing. But I'd say a 24 quart thick copper stockpot should probably command a minimum of $300, and maybe get as much as $600 if the lining is intact. Make sure to list it with exact capacity, and the weight of the pot empty without lid, along with the approximate thickness.

    A 12 inch diameter by 12 inch tall copper pot that's 2.5mm thick should weigh about 18-19 lbs., and hold about 22 quarts.

    1. if you can get that much, it could be worth selling. I've heard of people using them to cool stock quickly, but I'm under the impression that a thin SS stock pot is just as good if not better; most of the heat is going to go into heating the liquid inside.

      Of course I could be wrong, but I'd prefer $280 and a SS pot that $0 and a copper one :D

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          1. Hi there coppernovice,
            I collect Gaillard copper cookware, and have several pieces. I would be interested in making you an offer for your copper cookware. Please let me know how I can contact you. I think you'll be pleased to hear what I have to say.
            my email is quddus @