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Oct 7, 2012 08:53 AM

Riddle Me This - NOS of OLD Cookware - Collectors Items

The saying they don't make them like they used to ?

Riddle me this. NOS (new old stock) - if not USED pieces of the old Revere Ware CC bottoms, etc - they go for $$ money on Ebay. Is their a rhyme/reason for this just short of collectors...who want USA made pots/pans....

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  1. For a lot of folks whose parents/grandparents used this cookware, it is what they learned to cook with and they like it. My own parents used it exclusively since they were married in the late 40's. I got to clean the bottoms with Twinkle! I guess it may be part nostalgia, or maybe it just works for folks, coupled with their own skills with non fully clad cookware.

    1. Hi, chefwong:

      Well, people like what they like. Imagine having a few old pans of a certain line that you love, and have always regretted the one that got away before the line was discontinued. You'd want it *bad*. And if you found one that was NOS, it would be almost irresistible. You'd pay a lot, sellers would notice the prices, and list accordingly.

      The differences between new and used are not that great, but only a small % of folks can accept used cookware. Hence the premium for NOS. It's probably the same thing with hand tools, too. Strange but generally true.


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      1. re: kaleokahu

        " ... only a small% of folks can accept used cookware." Yes indeed! And I heartily thank them for stepping out of the way and letting me grab many a great flea market, thrift store, and eBay bargain.

        1. re: kaleokahu

          I have had to pick up some used cookware to maintain a halfway decent kitchen until my own gear arrives, which will be in several weeks. I did buy some old stainless at the Goodwill, and it is pretty good stuff. The line is Rena Ware. I found 2 pots of a very nice shape, and I had to pick up a misc. glass lid for the stovetop. I don't know if the handles are oven proof, so I haven't used it in the oven. I have used 2 pcs. on the stove, and I note that the bottoms are a bit warped. It didn't stop me from using it for sweating onions, but it is not my preference. I think the pan bottoms are only stainless.

          The pots are solid, and I scoured them out, but they certainly don't look new. I'd say that stainless as used for pots has definitely evolved in my adult lifetime, and I recommend good new stuff if you can afford it. But if you have to outfit a kitchen within budget constraints, then buying used is an option just to get going. But there is a lot of used junk out there, so finding a few good pieces is time consuming.

        2. Ha. I suppose so.....but $ or value, I can't even think of anything else that would compare. I mean Pro Grade Lenses still fetch a great resale value. I've sold 10 year old *glass* with a very minimal impact on my initial buying price.

          I do have this one wooden ladle in my stash that if I ever came across it, I would pay a pretty hefty price for old.

          Now that I type this. I did buy 18, yeap ,not a typo, 18 NOS Measuring Tapes mainly because it was natual to my hand ....and always preferred it, even after using many newer measuring tapes 15 years later..,.

          1. I have a few pieces of old Revereware that I like. They are from the time when the maximum amount of copper was used on the bottom. One is a shallow saucepan that I like to make caramel in, and another is an 8 qt stockpot with bail and helper handles. I am not crazy about the skillets. They are lighter weight than something like all clad.

            1. I don't know, but back in the day, Revere Ware was as good as it got for cookware. Of course there were all sorts of pans sold directly to homemakers door to door, and they might have been good too.

              When I married in 1970, the best lines that were available to me were Revere and Farberware. I chose the latter because I didn't want to maintain the copper bottoms, and I preferred the Farber handle.