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When Revere Ware began to lose its way

I came across this interesting egg poacher on eBay today.

Now that, to me, looks like they took a muffin tin and called it an egg poacher.  Compare that to the classic egg poacher they sold in the vintage era which is a very classic design.

The muffin tin one is part of the signature collection, which, according to our Photo Guide, was first produced in the 70’s, the period right after quality cookware produced during the vintage era ended.

To me, it is a good reminder of how Revere Ware changed course in a big way after which their products were never as good.



Nearly new Kettles on eBay

For the last 10 years or so, while Revere Ware copper bottom cookware was still being produced, tea kettles were the only product I recommended to anyone to buy new.  Unlike the rest of the copper bottom cookware, using less metal in the tea kettles (which I’m not even sure Revere Ware did) doesn’t really reduce their effectiveness.  Additionally, we’ve not heard of reliability issues with newer kettles vs older ones.

But now that Revere Ware is no longer producing any cookware, you can’t easily buy new kettles anymore.  So when a couple of pristine looking used kettles appear on eBay, we take notice.

Here are a pair listed by the same seller that don’t really look used, and are pretty reasonably priced.  My recollection is that a new kettle cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 when they were being produced in the last 5 years, so these two, at $49.86 shipped, aren’t that much more, especially when $10 of that is shipping.

So get yourself one of these great looking kettles (one and two).