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Help identifying some Revere Ware cookware

Customer Zach is curious what line his Revere Ware might be part of, see pictures below.

Zach writes:

Hello! I just picked up a beautiful RW 3qt copper-bottom saucepan and a matching 10″ skillet (with vertical sidewalls) at Goodwill. I love them, but am having trouble determining the line with which they were produced. They are similar to the Chef Request line and the Chef Preference line’s descriptions on your “Revere Ware History” site, but I don’t quite think that’s what they are because that line was made in Indonesia and these are made in China.

Is anyone able to identify these pieces as part of a particular Revere Ware line?

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Make your Revere Ware look like new

We offer plenty of cleaning tips, but unless you are obsessed with cleaning your cookware, inevitably over the years it will look like ours did, with lots of crud stuck in the nooks and crannies around the outside of pots and pans, black burnt on spots on the copper bottom that just won’t come off, and lots of deep scratches that no amount of Bar Keeper’s Friend can get out.

Now you have a new option for complete restoration.  Classic Kitchens & More offers a restoration service that (along with our replacement parts) will have your Revere Ware looking almost like the day it was made.

Some close-ups show the amazing difference even better.

The results are pretty close to perfect; there are still a few “love” marks in the cookware from deeper scratches and some deeper pits on he inside (most likely from acidic foods or someone used oven cleaner to clean out some burnt on food).  I prefer them this way so they retain a little bit of their history.

Please contact Classic Kitchens and More (www.classickitchensandmore.com) for a quote.  Note that they can also do small repairs where the handle comes away from the pot/pan, as long as it hasn’t separated in such a way as to leave a hole.

Update: Unfortunately we can no longer recommend Classic Kitchens and More.  We helped them some years back with the production of some coffee maker cords, and, after they received the items (perhaps we were too trusting) they failed to pay us the thousands of dollars we paid on their behalf.

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Taking off old 2-screw handles

Sometimes, handles that have been in use for years can be very difficult to get off so you can replace them with new ones.  Frequently, screws and nuts will rust together, making them impossible to get apart (the nut simply spins).  Take this one for example.  Years of grease make even the handles reluctant to separate.

Unfortunately, in this case I had to break apart the handle to expose the screws so I could twist them apart, and the screws themselves broke off rather than unscrew.

In this case, I used a screwdriver to pry the handle halves apart until one of them broke off.  I tried prying the rest of the Bakelite off, but the handle spline started to deform.  So I placed the handle against a hard surface (concrete) and repeatedly hit it with a hammer until all the Bakelite was off.  Then I used two pairs of pliers to try to unscrew the screws, which broke off.

Sometimes it simply isn’t possible to save the old handle or hardware when removing them.

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Melted Revere Ware Tri-Ply Cookware

Customer Jim sent us these pictures of his destroyed try-ply cookware.  It offers a cautionary tale of using too high of a heat and/or leaving your cookware unattended.

We’ve shown before that even for copper bottom cookware, it is unwise to heat the pans for an extended period of time as it can damage the copper layer.

If you do overheat your cookware, LET IT COOL SLOWLY BY ITSELF.  If you douse a hot piece of cookware with cold water, it will almost certainly warp the bottom and it won’t sit flat any longer.

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Vintage pressure cooker indented bottom mystery

Some of the vintage pressure cookers come with an indented bottom, while some are flat.

Revere Ware originally came out with these pressure cookers in 1946 (see the Revere Ware history site).  The original design had a pressure gauge and there was a small rubber gasket underneath.  This proved problematic and in 1948 they came out with a revised design that used a dial gauge.

The manual for the original pressure gauge model shows a flat bottom.  I have two specimens that also have a flat bottom.  We can presume that the indented bottom variety came out after 1948.   Looking at all available vintage pressure cookers on Ebay (that have pictures of the bottom), plus my own specimens, they clearly come with the indented and non-indented bottoms:

Indented bottom: 7
Flat bottom: 3

The vintage gauge-style pressure cooker manuals do not discuss an indented bottom or show pictures of the bottom, so there is no help there.  From the relative quantities of indented vs flat bottom pressure cookers in the wild, I would presume that at some point earlier in the full production life of these pressure cookers, they switched to the indented bottom because it was preferable for some reason.

Does anyone know when they might have made the switch and what might be better about the indented style bottom?

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