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$3 thrifted copper pot, some questions

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Mojave Feb 2, 2013 03:34 PM

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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    kaleokahu Feb 2, 2013 06:53 PM

    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.

    Aloha,
    Kaleo

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      Mojave Feb 2, 2013 10:34 PM

      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?

       
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        kaleokahu Feb 3, 2013 09:41 AM

        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.

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

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          Mojave Feb 3, 2013 10:56 AM

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

          1. re: Mojave
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            kaleokahu Feb 3, 2013 11:03 AM

            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.

            Aloha,
            Kaleo

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      Vidute Feb 2, 2013 05:48 PM

      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.

      http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/kitchen/cookware-bakeware-cutlery/cookware/cookware-1205/cooking-in-cast-iron/index.htm

      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.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/COUNTRY-KITCH...

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        Mojave Feb 2, 2013 10:38 PM

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

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