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Best Copper Pan Brands in the World ?

Here (but this is only my personal opinion) the provisional list of the best copper pans that had in my hands.

1 - JACQUOTOT
2 - GAILLARD
3 - LEGRY
4 - S.O.H
5 - DEHILLERIN
6 - CHOMETTE FAVOR
7 - M. MATILLON VILLEDIEU
8 - LE CUISINIER VILLEDIEU
9 - MAUVIEL
10 - COMPTOIR HOTELIER GERARDMER
11 - DOMPAIRE
12 - R. MIQUELARD
13 - CVD VILLEDIEU
14 - ML VILLEDIEU
15 - FALK
16 - BOURGEAT
17 - SPRING CULINOX
18 - FAUCOGNEY
19 - OUVRES DE VESOUL
20 - LECELLIER VILLEDIEU
21 - BAUMALU
22 - LAGOSTINA
23 - TAGUS

Brands that never have in my hand :

PIERRE VERGNES ?
DUPARQUET ?
DE BUYER ?
LARA ?
HAMMERSMITH ?
OTHER ????
Please add Brands that I don't know or I have forget.

I do not count the fantastic models that I had in my hands hands that were not stamped.

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  1. Hi, TJ:

    Wow, this is quite a list. I've been collecting quite awhile, and you have listed several marks with which I am completely ignorant. In fact, I am only familiar with ## 1-3, 5, 6, 9, and 15-23 in your top list.

    You may want to add:

    BARTH & SONS
    LEON JAEGGI & SONS
    GEORG JENSEN
    MAZZETTI
    BRAMHALL RANGE CO.
    SCAVULLO
    WALDOW
    JOSEPH HEINRICHS
    MORA
    MATFER
    ELKINGTON
    GENERAL
    RUFFONI
    ODI

    More later.

    Cordialment,
    Kaleo

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      I have cited only the brands that I had in my hands in sufficient quantity to give a realistic opinion.

      My list is not finished because I just started to sort my files!

      In the brands you give, there is a lot I do not know!!
      Except Matfer / Bourgeat

      Friendships T.J.

      1. re: kaleokahu

        kaleo - i would like to gently disagree on one of your recommendations: i have an old waldow pan (as i think we have discussed in another thread...) and, by golly, that thing has got the WORST handle ever! it cuts into my hand it's so sharp on the edge! the pan itself is nicely designed, and i seriously considered retinning it but i would rather have it melted down, or at least have it retinned AND replace the handle.

        1. re: rmarisco

          Hi, rmarisco:

          Do you know the age of your Waldow? The reason I ask is that the later stuff was a lot thinner and cheaper. Waldow died a slow death after WW2. Their earlier stuff was better, especially the pieces made for commercial use. I have only a Waldow bain marie, and I agree with you--the handle is no great shakes.

          I added Waldow (and others) to the OP's list mostly just to have a bunch of marks listed on the same thread. There are so many!

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

          1. re: kaleokahu

            Hello, I do not know Waldow, do you have photos? Before deciding to make a repair, I think we should consider whether it would be better to buy another. Although recess taking into account all the elements. Rarity brand, collection or use, beauty of the object and of course if you are a collector you can also have a particular affection for this pan.

            I'm curious to see this handle which cuts the hand!

            I received this week some beautiful parts Dehillerin, Gaillard and Chomette Favor.

            At the end of this week I have to go to a monastery for a lot of copper is old. I do not know if I'll find interesting things, it will be a surprise for me! I only know that there is 350kg of copper!!

            Good day for all Copper Lovers ! TJ

            1. re: TJFRANCE

              Hi, TJ:

              Please look for a jambonier and pommes vapeur for me at the monastery!

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

              1. re: kaleokahu

                Ah sorry I sold boiled potato that I had in stock! For jambonnier I look but I do not really know what I will find at the moment! I have just one photo no complet.

                 
                1. re: TJFRANCE

                  THAT's the pile that is waiting at the monastery???!!! That looks like a lot of fun to poke around in! BEST OF LUCK! let us know what you get!

              2. re: TJFRANCE

                hi TJ,
                the handle is just badly created: the top is very flat, the bottom is rounded to fit the cradle of your hand. The top and bottom meet in a very sharp edge! It is also very skinny, so the handle feels like it is too small to hold up the weight of the pan.

                I'm sure it was post WWII - my mother's copper collection is mostly from the 1960's-1970's i think. (I never bothered to ask her.. now i am curious about it myself)

        2. Hi TJ, Amazing list... I can only add Havard Villedieu of which I have one of, it is of good quality however it is no match for several of my others (esp Gaillard) of which you or kaleo have listed. My favorite stainless lined is def Bourgeat catering grade range with cast iron handles - they are well made and nice to use. Most of my best tin lined do not have markings and I will always wonder who made them!
          cheers
          nathan

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          1. re: nathan76

            Hello Nathan , yes I have not forgotten Havard Villedieu . I just have not sorted out all my files ! Havard has superb manufacturing will be part of the top of the leaderboard !

            I love Bourgeat . When we have a pan Bourgeat in hands on quickly understands what the word proffessional means ! I also love the shape of their products and handles!

            We talk about brands but there pans tinned high quality unmarked . Especially the old ones. At this time, why put a mark on a pot that is going to sell in the area of manufacturing? Everyone was using this type of pan and there was no interest to stamped.

            Even today, it is possible to receive new French pans from the factory , unmarked . Just ask the manufacturer , with or without brand. Those who do not want the brand "Made in France " are often proffessionnels who then put their inscriptions themselves on pans . This is even possible for small amounts , you see you might pans " Nathan !" Some stores do this , this is why for example if the store work from 1950 to 1955 by engraving the name of the store you can not find no traces of the brand today! But in truth , it is very often large known brands manufactured pans or craftsmen of high quality !

            Good day! T.J.

          2. Hi TJ,
            Thanks, and you mention about your "files" and I am intrigued as to how and why etc that you collect this info?? excuse me being nosey but it seems interesting!
            I enclose a pic of a 20cm s/s bourgeat next to one of my fav unmarked (except chefs or hotel initials "INT") tin lined 32cm 6kg slightly sloped sided saute pan with cast bronze or poss brass handle, I believe it to be English made due to its features but I may be wrong?? you may know something about this??
            One of my most used pans is a English leon jaeggi silver lined copper fry pan which even at a modest 1.75mm thick helps make the most amazing sourdough pancakes that do not stick, burn (my cast iron fry pan can not compare) or risk the melting of tin at higher temps - highly recommended tool.

            Would it not be great if others shared stories and or pics of their copper collections??

            Regards
            Nathan

             
             
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            1. re: nathan76

              Hello Nathan,

              The large saucepan owns rivets placed in a way that I do not know . I doubt it is of French manufacture, but I 'm not sure . I think the handle is made of bronze . This is a superb piece !

              Watch these parts in pictures . That the models that I sold in the U.S. , silver plated and manufactured by SOH who was a goldsmith for the French Navy. The inscription " Le France " is, I think , in connection with the fabulous French cruise liner . A length of 36cm for 2.2mm thickness and a weight of 1861 grams. Very rare and beautiful object with a silver plated of beautiful quality and a really beautiful copper.

              When I speak of my files , it is because I sell copper pans and I keep all the information that I have sold or used. That's why I have a lot of files to sort !

              It's impossible to put here all photos of my items but It's good idea to put sometimes with little story !

              Bye T.J.

               
               
               
            2. Hi TJ,
              That is a very nice oval dish - good job I did not see this for sale! but I remember the white tiles that the pan is standing on - think was on ebay with another nice copper pan (gaillard?)
              Please tell me your ebay name so I can save you as a seller for the future!
              My e mail, nathansamueldavis@yahoo.com I am from UK (New Zealand based at present)
              Regards
              Nathan

              1. Great list! I noticed that some of those brands are no longer made. For the brands that are still made, do you know if some of those brands are made by the same manufacturer? (and then they 'brand' it with their name?)

                thanks again for the list.

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                1. re: moneyguy

                  Hello! So many brands no longer exist. And there remain major brands no longer have workshop. Indeed, I think we can find perhaps not quite exactly the same production but certainly from the same source in today's leading brands.