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Jun 25, 2012 02:57 AM

Old stainless skillet - who made it?

It's an 11" covered stainless steel skillet with an encapsulated copper or aluminum disc welded to the bottom and the handle welded to the pan. The handle's stainless core is protected with two wooden pieces held in place by three brass rivets, and has a hole in the end for hanging up the pan. The lid's handle is a knob made of the same kind of wood held firmly in place, I don't know how as no rivet or screw is visible on the bottom of the lid.

I bought the skillet in the '70s because it was recommended in the original Cook's Catalogue by James Beard and Milton Glaser, published in 1975. (I no longer have the book.) There's no brand name anywhere on the skillet or lid, only the word "INOX" stamped into the bottom side of the handle. This is French for stainless steel, so presumably it was made in France. My guess is that it may have been a product of Cuisinart, or Cuisinarts as it then was, which of course is best known for its food processors but sold imported French cookware as well.

It really doesn't matter at all, I'm merely curious, and if necessary I could pick up a used copy of the Cook's Catalogue to satisfy my curiosity. But if anybody happens to know, I'd appreciate it.

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  1. Hi, JF:

    Post a photo?


    3 Replies
      1. re: John Francis

        Hi, JF:

        Do you have a digital camera? If so, take a couple shots and downloading them to your computer. After that, you respond to your own post, and click on "ATTACH PHOTO", then "Browse", then you find where it is on your computer or data stick. Then you select the pics one by one and then hit "Open" for each one. You finish by clicking on "POST MY REPLY". If you don't have a digital camera, you can take a regular image, scan it, and then do the same thing.

        Without a photo or a lot more information (or your book), it's going to be difficult to answer your question.


        1. re: kaleokahu

          Thanks, I'll try it when I get home. Meanwhile, a chowhound may have the Cook's Catalog or even the skillet itself and be able to answer me.

      1. re: dcrb

        Yes, that's the pan! It's 10" rather than 11" and the wooden handle is darker, but otherwise it's identical to what I've got, seen from that angle. Thanks very much.

        1. re: John Francis

          John Francis.
          I thought it might be. I checked the cooks catalogue then searched ebay. That seller has several for sale, some un-used. Glad I was able to help.

            1. re: Rella

              One tries! The old Cooks Catalog and ebay are great sources for getting started. Sometimes the search ends almost as fast as it starts.

            2. re: dcrb

              You are awesome. Sometimes praises have to said even if they are obvious. :)