SLT Copper Cookware
My wife picked up a bunch of copper cookware from a garage sale - most of the stuff is All Clad, some Lagostina, and a few pieces just have STL stamped on it, and it says "made in france"....
Any idea what brand this is, how good this stuff is? I found SLT as "Sur La Table" on here, but it seems as these pieces are a lot older than what they offer now.
Any info would be great!
The A-C and Lagostina? Meh.
The SLT is almost certainly made by Mauviel, a very high-quality maker. If the handles are brass and it is *really* 1-1.5mm thick (Thinner than a penny? A 1.5mm pan will feel like you can bend the rim with just your hands), then you have what is known as "table service" pans, which were intended for service at table, not for cooking. Great wallhangers, fair cookers. If, however you can mike the thickness and it's 2 or more mm, and the pans have cast iron handles, then they are a better (and very fine) grade.
You do not say if the SLTs are hammered or tin-lined.
Some Mauviel copper cookware sold through Sur la Table is stamped STL and Made in France on the left side of the handle -- I know because I just looked at mine which is only about ten years old so may not be what you're looking for.
Note: there are several "grades" of Mauviel, depending on the thickness of the copper. Regardless of grade, you likely have some decent cookware.
I'm curious why you think yours is a lot older than what they offer now?
Well going off of that she bought it from a garage sale of a older gentleman who passed away, and the kids were selling it all - so I'm assuming it was older. I did see that Sur La Table sells Mauviel - but was not sure if that is in fact what I have here. The thickness of the copper looks to be 1 - 1.5mm
what type of pieces? what kind of handles? SLT carries Mauviel....they carry the 2.5mm with the cast iron handles in the cookware(saucepans, sauciers, sautes, skillets). THey also carry some of the roasting and serving pieces(gratins, roasters, paellas, etc) in the thinnre 1.5-2.0mm wiht the brass handles.
For a very short period of time they experimented with their own private label copper cookware. It was made by Mauviel but was the thinner stuff(either 1.5 or 2.0mm, I thini it was 1.5mm but am not positive). These pieces had brass handles. I know there were some skillets not sure what else.
All of my copper is from my days working at SLT. 90% of it is the 2.5mm with the cast iron handles. This is all marked Mauviel. There might be a few pieces out there iwth an SLT mark as well, can't say for sure as I don't remember and a lot of my pieces shipped direct from Mauviel to me. I have several of the roasting and serving pieces as well, and those are all marked both Mauviel and SLT.
Once upon a time I had one of the private label skillets but have long since given it away so don't recall what the marks on it were. It would definitely have an SLT mark and may or may not have had a Mauviel mark.
Everything should have a Made in France Mark.
In any case, it's not bad stuff. If ti's a thinner skillet just be careful with high heat so as not to warp it.