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What are my Dehillerin copper pots worth?

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My mom gave me these copper pots she bought in Paris back in the late 70's...I believe they're lined with tin, so they probably need to be relined.

I don't cook that much, so I'm thinking about selling them...are the older ones worth more than new ones? How much should I ask for them.

Thanks

 
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  1. Dehillerin are a great make and 'those in the know' will be well aware of their worth should you ever put them on ebay. I have a 'Dehillerin' search set up on ebay in the optimistic hope that I might one day find a bargain. Alas, quality costs and i've never seen them go for a song.

    They'll only need re-tinning (an expensive thing to do, i believe) if the copper is showing through the base. Otherwise they're fine to use.

    The shop in Paris is a must visit if you're ever in town. Good luck. I'll be watching ebay,,,

    1. Hi, manku:

      Judging from your photo, you should be very grateful to your mom. These appear to be Dehillerin's "Extra Fort" planished grade. I collect copperware, and I'm not aware of a better pan from any company still in business. Only the older hotel-grade pans are arguably better (thicker), but your mom's pans are VERY nice. What is especially great is that the saucepans have their lids, and I do believe they, too, bear the Dehillerin mark. And if the oval gratin is any indication, the linings are perfect.

      Based on my experience, at a well-handled auction on eBay, the pans should each bring around $200. To real cooks and collectors, yes, the old ones are worth more than new stock, but that's not necessarily reflected in the prices.

      If you sell, I would recommend that you "mike" the wall thickness (3mm walls get substantially higher prices). You will get more $ if you split up the pieces, but with pans this great, it would almost be a sin. Please consider selling as a set, or at least keeping the lids with the saucepans.

      Is there some reason you don't want to keep and use these?

      Aloha,
      Kaleo

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      1. re: kaleokahu

        Thanks for the reply...dumb me listed them on craigslist (for 1500) and I went to meet someone with the pots before checking the board again...ended up selling the lot for $500...doh! It was easy, and the buyer was very nice...I didn't really feel like haggling...fwiw, the other offers i received were also for 500.

        They do need to be relined, which would have cost about $300-500.

        I used to use the pots growing up, and actually never really liked them...I actually don't use saucepans that much...mostly do grilling, lots of boiling water, and dishes where I cook in a 10-12 inch saute pan.

        1. re: manku

          Hi, manku:

          You're welcome. You gave the buyer a very good deal. I think they snowed you on the retinning. Was there exposed copper totaling more than a square inch per pan?

          Cheers,
          Kaleo

          1. re: kaleokahu

            Hi Manku,

            I saw your ad on craigslist. I did not make an offer because $1500 is out of my budget, but I would have paid more than $500 for sure. I guess I shouldn't feel so self conscious about making a "low-ball" offer. It's neither here nor there...

            Hopefully the buyer will use them well.

            I think on ebay the set would have gone for 1000-1300 depending on whether or not they were split up or sold as a set, but ebay/paypal would have taken a significant bite out of that, and you've saved yourself the huge hassle of packaging, insuring, and shipping 6 heavy boxes.

            Also, a dirty little secret on sleeze-bay these days is that they *always* side with the buyer if the buyer is not satisfied for any reason, which essentially makes any sellers "no-returns" policy meaningless. And after selling on CL, you don't have to deal with any refunds to people who experience buyers remorse after paying $200 for a pan they haven't touched or held.

            Judging by the pictures, they are the 2.5-3mm version, and the lids are very nice. I'm still undecided on whether or not I believe in karma, but I think once in a while giving someone else a great deal is good for the spirit.

            Best wishes!

      2. I don't know what this is doing on the wine board but I purchased their saute pan in the late 1980s and it cost the equivalent of $250 then...