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Dec 26, 2012 02:05 PM

Hand Hammered Copper Pot

Hello! I am posting a picture of a copper pot and was told that it should have a lid. Any idea if this is true? Also, any idea as to the origin/circa of this pot? Is it still a good piece to use for cooking? Thanks for looking. If this isn't the right kind of question to post on Chowhound, please let me know. Thank You.

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  1. Hi, Kate:

    The rim would indicate that this pan once had a cover. Whether it should or not depends on your intended use, but I'm confident you could find a cover for it.

    As for age, the wrought handles, rivets and the escutcheons would indicate it is at least 80 years old.

    From your second photo, the tin lining looks to be intact. So yes, it will be serviceable if it sits flat on your cooker. No metal utensils, and no DW, though.

    What are its dimensions, and what does it weigh?

    There is no wrong kind of question here, despite what others might say.


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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Hi Kaleo - thanks for the reply.
      The pot weighs about 6 lbs. (pretty light) and is 13" diameter by 6-1/8" deep. I was thinking that the way the handles were made maybe to slide a rod or piece of wood through to take it up off the fire - something to that affect. Yes, the lining appears to be in good shape - too bad the lid is missing. This piece was rescued from someone who was going to put plants in it out in the garden ... primitive yard art which is nice too. But, I think it belongs in the kitchen, don't you? Thank you so much for your response and giving me info on the clues to the age of this piece. I so much appreciate other people passing on their knowledge!

      Happy New Year,

      1. re: Katebug

        Hi, Kate:

        You're very welcome.

        I'm happily surprised by the weight. At 6 lbs, it is heavier than most pans of this age/configuration. Many are lighter. It will make a fine Maslin or confiture pan, just mind the heat with the tin lining. And yes, of course it belongs in your kitchen. Polish and display her, and the prior owner will rue her loss.

        I like your idea of sliding a dowel through the handles. Brilliant. You can go straight from berry patch to stove to canning without losing a step or beat.

        Have Fun,

      2. re: kaleokahu

        What is this DW that you are not supposed to use?