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Feb 2, 2013 03:34 PM

$3 thrifted copper pot, some questions

I'm guessing this is probably from around the 1950s but I could be completely off. I know nothing about copper pots, would you mind looking at the pics and telling me what you think - IE do I need to get it re-tinned or is it ok, is it a good quality..it's 5 inches across so it's small and I'm not sure what its intended use is. Not finding any info on the mfg.

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  1. consumer reports tested a dutch oven, back in 2005, made by country kitchen and sold on home shopping network. there is nothing, on hsn's website by country kitchen.


    there are some copper pots for sale on ebay, and the seller is stating that the pots date back to late 1800s and are made in usa.


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    1. re: Vidute

      Thanks for the info! The ebay pieces match in style too. Wonder what their story is.

    2. Hi, mojave:

      I don't know the mark, but from the machine strike, I think you are close with mid-20th C., and the name shouts American--either imported or made here. Scale with small pans is sometimes misleading. How much does the pan itself weigh, and how thick are its walls relative to a US nickle?

      Yes, it is in need of retinning, but you still can safely use it for awhile--wash it well before each use and remove the food from it right away. At least that was Julia Child's opinion.


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      1. re: kaleokahu

        It is JUST slightly less than the thickness of a nickle. You can barely see it in the picture.

        It's hefty - I've held light, cheap antique copper pans before. This is definitely heftier, although I don't have a way to weigh it.

        I'm curious as to what its purpose was, it's pretty small. But larger than a butter warmer. It's a sauce pan but a super tiny sauce pan I guess?

        1. re: Mojave

          Hi, Mojave:

          Well a nickel is 1.95mm thick, so this pan is in a transitional area between table service and cooking weight. Given the stir marks, it's obviously been cooked in quite a bit.

          Yes, it's a saucepan. Sometimes you need a small one, for glaces or to hold sauces where you want to skin them with a minimum of butter.

          Good Find.


          1. re: kaleokahu

            Thanks for your help! I also thrifted a nearly mint Catherineholm frying pan for $3, never had such luck before.

            1. re: Mojave

              You're welcome. Whatever you're doing for karma (we call it mana), keep it up!

              IME, these things run in steaks, too, so be vigilant.


      2. Wow I am jealous that's a neat pot - but today I picked up this little fry pan for $3.60 it is unmarked - 2mm thick i think if compared to a nickle - and the tin is in tact I think I scored - now to clean the patina of rust off the cast iron handle

        1. A couple of these bargains funds a splurge when you need it. Good find.