This definitely won’t last – a pristine vintage era bale handled pot at a price that just can’t be beat.
Consumer Reports, on the last inside page of every print magazine has the Selling It section that shows ridiculous advertisements. It has always been my favorite part of the magazine. For example.
I came across some eBay listings that fit nicely into this theme. See anything wrong with our first listing?
Which is it, new or used? It looks a bit used to me.
In our second listing, the seller decided that providing an example of a suggested use might help sell the square skillet.
And she nicely clarifies:
The USDA Choice Rib Eye and USDA Rubber Sirloin not included.
We’ve never been fond of the people who sell our products on eBay by drop-shipping them from Amazon. They do this by listing our products on eBay for higher then they sell for on Amazon.com, and then when an item sells on eBay, they place an order for it on Amazon.com. But they just cut and paste our product information, which misses any updates, and don’t provide any support. There were 160 different listings of our best selling parts on eBay at one point.
We found a bunch of new old stock Revere Ware on eBay today. It isn’t cheap, but if you want to start with a brand new collection, you’ve hit the jackpot.
First up is this large very complete set:
For your consideration is NEW Real Vintage Revere Ware Copper Clad Pot set from pre 1968. I removed all items to unwrap, inspect and photograph. Not going to run across one of these again. This #1400 set titled ” KITCHEN JEWEL CHEST” contains a total of 18 items:1 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid2 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid3 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid4 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid6 inch Skillet with Lid10 inch Skillet with Lid6 Cup Percolator (5 parts)Special DeLuxe Hanging Rack!The coffee percolator is beautiful and I’d never seen the hanging rack before. Being all new it’s a pleasure to see.This box has been in storage for 50 years and not in great shape but the pans are! Note the real storage patina on the bottoms. Was going to polish but a collector may want them in real original condition. I will ship in original packaging and add to it. Please ask any questions before bidding. If you want to see something in particular please let me know.
Next is a couple of 6″ skillets:
Lastly, a small sauce pan.
Tole painting is the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture. Typical metal objects include utensils, coffee pots, and similar household items. Wooden objects include tables, chairs, and chests, including hope chests, toyboxes and jewelry boxes.
It’s certainly interesting and unique, but I don’t think my wife would want it displayed prominently in the house.
Given the iconic copper bottom Revere Ware lines longevity and prevalence among Revere branded cookware, that has been our main focus in terms of replacement parts and information. I’ve heard of the ProLine line of cookware, but haven’t known much about it.
Reader Jim brought some interesting Proline information to our attention. He has been tracking ProLine auctions on eBay for some time.
Take for example this Proline roasting pan, that sold for$1,000.
That’s a pretty astounding price for a piece from a line I haven’t paid much attention to. I believe it is the highest price for ANY Revere piece I’ve ever seen. Jim writes:
Well, it totally depends on the item – Proline came to my attention in 1999 – my Grandparents had always sworn by Revere Ware pans, and most of my Grandmothers siblings were Revere-ware owners from the 40s-50s onward. I was in college in 99, but set aside a whopping $240 to purchase the standard “10-piece set” from a Revere Outlet store in North Bend, Wa. That set followed me through college, and after, into my life today. About 4-5 years ago, my wife asked me if I wanted to replace it with an All-Clad set, and I started learning more about the available options on Revere Ware Proline in the secondary market, just to compare – I also discovered your site.
I decided to expand my current set, and for less than the price of the All-Clad set, I’ve acquired quite a pile of items. So, some items sell for a premium, and some don’t, and it totally seems to depend on what was commonly sold new – Premium items: Round Griddle, 8 and 10qt Stock pots, Wok, and the 2qt sauce pan (with slanted sides) – and of course that roasting pan. I have an ebay saved search informing me of any Proline that comes up, and the items I just mentioned are semi-rare to very rare. Anything in the 10-piece set is typically NOT selling at a premium, particularly the 8″ skillet, 10″ saucepan, steamer basket, etc. You can locate 10-piece sets NIB easily enough, and for a price-point equivalent to the original price, or a bit over. On the other hand, if you had an 8 or 10qt stock pot, the griddle, the wok, etc. AND it was NIB, I believe you’d have something to sell at a premium.HOWEVER…NOTHING, that would sell at close to that Roasting Pans Price – so far….;)
1989 – The first completely new Revere/Corning product was brought out – ProLine – made of a very heavy gauge of 18/10 stainless steel with a copper disc bottom faced with stainless steel to provide even heating and unusual “wire” handles which were designed by Richard Gregor of Corning. It was first made at Clinton, but by 1994 production was shifted to Thailand. By 1999, Revere moved production to Korea, and changed from the original stainless steel/copper disc to hard anodized aluminum clad stainless steel, with glass lids replacing the original stainless. Arbitrary design changes made to existing lines became typical of Revere management decisions through the 1990’s, steadilly damaging customer brand recognition of Revere products.
In terms of new-old-stock Revere Ware, it doesn’t really get any better than a brand new vintage era 8-cup percolator.
While the price may be a little steep, the rarity of items like this makes it worth it for someone that wants the new Revere Ware experience.
In our periodic investigation of colored Bakelite handles, and whether they are really colored Bakelite or just painted, today’s eBay listings give some great examples. Here is what appears to be a real colored Bakelite handle:
The fact that the box shows a colored handles is a pretty good indicator.
You can also look into the screw holes and see that the color appears to be through and through.
On the other hand, take a look at this white knob:
It clearly shows signs of being painted:
so I think the answer is, some are truly colored and some are painted. Whether painted by a Revere Ware owner or by Revere Ware itself, who knows.
This has got to be the most surprising Revere Ware product I’ve seen yet, an instrument sterilization tray.
It’s definitely Revere Ware: