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“S” stamp on the bottom of Revere Ware

Reader Henry send in this interesting stamp on the bottom of a vintage Revere Ware piece.

The S on the bottom marks the piece as a second, meaning, there was something wrong with it that it wasn’t up to the standard for sale as a new piece.  But given the fact that a number of people have come across well-used pieces with that stamp, seconds were likely perfectly functional nonetheless.

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Pristine early logo

Reader Dave sends us this very deep and clear logo from one of the earliest Revere Ware pieces, likely sometime prior to 1945.

Pieces that old usually have the copper worn down so much the logo isn’t visible anymore.

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Revere Patio Ware

I’m not familiar with the Patio Ware line, but this great mailer from 1955 I recently found with a trove of other historical Revere items on eBay sheds some light on it.

The 14 cup percolator is the only piece from this collection I am familiar with (and I have one). Apparently they were also advertised as being made for “a man’s larger hands.” 🙂

A search on eBay  shows that this must not have been a long-lived line, as there aren’t many of them for sale – only 7 listings out of around 14,000 Revere Ware items on eBay at the moment. But whoo-boy, they sure do seem to sell at a premium.

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Hello (again) Canada!

We already sell to Canadian customers from our website, but shipping is a little ridiculous; that’s just the way the postage is between the USPS and Canada Post.  But now, it looks like Amazon.com has automatically opted us in to selling on Amazon.ca from our US based inventory. Woo hoo!

You can find all of our active listings there, so enjoy, Canadian customers.

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The bail handle pot

Bale handle pots are a favorite of mine.  The handle makes it very easy to transport a pot of boiling spaghetti water to the sink, for example.  I have always though they were rare, but there are over 40 of them for sale on eBay right now.

If you are a Revere Ware lover like I am, consider making one of these beauties part of your collection.  The only downside is that there are no replacement parts for the Bakelite part of the bail handle.  I have had it in my mind for a while to design a 3D printable model, but never seem to find the time.

The bail handle pots come in three sizes, 4, 6, and 8 quart.  I suspect the 6 quart is the most practical, but the 8 quart is pretty useful as well.

Of the eBay listings, I counted:

16 4 quart, average price $44
21 6 quart, average price $49
3 8 quart, average price $135

I suspect a few of the 6 quart models were actually 8 quart ones.  Here is a lovely Revere Ware add that shows all three sizes of the bail handle pot.

The bottom line is that it is a great time to add one of these to your collection, both from an availability and price perspective.

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Revere Ware utensil hangers

I’ve seen the Revere Ware utensil hangers s from time to time but never really knew how they were properly used.  Just the name makes one thing of hanging spatulas and the like.

 

This particular listing shows the back of the box, which I haven’t seen before.

And an add I found shows what this looks like in practice.

Very nice. I’m tempted to put up a display like this in our guest room kitchenette.  You can find quite a few on eBay.

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Best of Blog: Big Daddy Sponges

In bringing back some of my favorite (and most useful) blog posts from the 12 years we’ve been posting, this one stands out as one of my favorites.

I like Sponge Daddy sponges as they really do a great job and are scratch free for non-stick and other more delicate items.  But they are expensive.

My solution 5 year ago was to buy the bigger Big Daddy sponge, and cut it in to 4, that are roughly the same size as the Scrub Daddy sponges, at a fraction of the cost.  So, with all the inflation we’ve had lately, what does that look like today?

More expensive but almost an equal savings at 30% the cost.

 

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