A Fantastic Site for Vintage Copper
A fellow Hound recently tipped me to this site: http://www.4and20kitchenantiques.com/
At present it is focused on true antiques, those thick, handmade rarities from an earlier age that make copper lovers crazy with want. But I hear from the friendly and erudite owner, Ginger, that "newer" things may soon be on the horizon.
The site is well worth a close look. Not only has Ginger done an excellent job of refurbishing these treasures (hence the high asking prices), she has also penned very informative and historically accurate bits you won't find anywhere else.
WARNING: Copper addiction can start suddenly after visiting this site, even once.
What an interesting link! Your post reminded me that I have some very old copper pieces that I bought about 40 years ago from a roadside stand in either Switzerland or France. The pieces -- I think there are four -- were old and beaten up when we bought them. We offered the owner the equivalent of $40 -- that was all the local currency we had in our pockets at the time -- and he accepted our offer. There's a tea kettle with a brass cover and spout that appears to have a hand-hammered design, a piece I'd call a "cauldron" -- open on top, with a wrought iron handle and legs, a sauce pans and a small saute pan. The pieces have been relegated to the attic for the past 25 years or so. I think it's time to retrieve them and figure out whether/how/where to display them. From what I remember of these pieces, I think they're past their useful lives. Or maybe they're worthy of restoration.
The devil on my shoulder is telling me to offer to buy these from you at a low, low price. But the angel on my other shoulder is telling me to tell you to call or email Ginger and find out more about your pans. IME, Ginger has an excellent, encyclopedic historical grasp of the subject.
The thing about good copper vessels is that their "useful lives" can be measured in *centuries*, and they can almost always be restored. Please do not assume they are throwaways or wallhangers.
Please post some photos of your pieces.
Thanks for sending the link, Kaleo. The items are wonderful. Even better, the site helped me identify a copper bowl I bought at a garage sale for $10 that I think must be worth much, much more.
I haven't purchased a copper pan yet, but all the posts on copper on Chowhound have had me salivating. One of these days!