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Vintage Duncan Hines Cookware

meatn3 Oct 31, 2011 08:33 AM

It's too bad that packaged cake mixes are the primary association with the name Duncan Hines.
He was an interesting fellow and quite the Chowhound! Towards the end of his life and writing career there was a wide range of products produced with his name and approval.

I recently found a Duncan Hines saucepan at a thrift store and became curious about it. It appears well made and quite serviceable - similar in quality to older Revereware. Does anyone know if the cookware was carried in stores or if it was obtained as premiums after purchasing packaged products? Was it available by the set or by the piece?

I remember premiums as a popular merchandising technique in the '60's. My mother went nuts purchasing a boxed laundry detergent in order to get a full set of matching bath towels. Groceries had sets of dishes available which could be purchased by the piece. Each week a different piece was on sale if you had a big enough grocery bill.

Appreciate any memories and information that you have!

  1. dcrb Jan 26, 2012 06:55 PM

    Some of the Duncan Hines cookware I have seen bore the Regal Ware moniker, 18/8, triply, made in USA. Also, it appeared to be similar in design to the waterless variety, similar in appearance to our old Lustrecraft. 18/8 try-ply. Ours has the carbon steel core and is quite heavy. I am not sure what the plies in DH would be but it sure looked sturdy.

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      kevwest Jan 26, 2012 05:12 PM

      Seen your question. I bought my wife the duncan hines 11piece set back in the early 80's for around $70. We are still using it today. The reason I was searching is because the wife was steaming carrots in the medium sauce pan and cooked dry. I searched the web to find another one but she had it clean by the time I got here. The only paper work I have is the recipe book that came with set. Hope this helps.

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        kaleokahu Jan 26, 2012 05:30 PM

        Hi, Kev:

        Can you post photos of what the DH wares look like?

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

      2. dcrb Oct 31, 2011 09:18 AM

        When America was America: Free encyclopedias; dishes at the Sunoco, a toaster from the bank, etc.

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