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Best of our Blog – Revere Ware Creativity

I’ve been posting on the RevereWareParts blog since March of 2009; there is a ton of good stuff there.  I thought it might be interesting to wade through it and pull out some of the more notable posts.

Today’s blast from the past comes all the way back from July 2009, and has to do with creativity in solving problems with broken Revere Ware – Revere Ware Creativity.  While our new parts help a lot in bringing old Revere Ware back to life, we don’t sell everything you might need.  For the stuff we don’t sell, you have to find a solution, whether it is buying another identical piece to use as a donor for parts, gluing things back together with high temperature epoxy, or modifying new handles to fit older pots.

Or, you could do what Martin did, and make your own handle out of wood.

Customer Martin was frustrated that he couldn’t find a replacement handle for his pot so he made one out of wood.

“Attached find the picture of my 3/4 quart pot with the replacement handle that I fabricated out of a 3/4″ piece of oak. I traced the shape from the old handle and cut and sanded it to the same shape. I then primed and painted it with black gloss paint. Other than the bolt that shows, it looks and handles just like the original oneWood handle pot

Wood handle

Pretty creative.  Wood is a pretty good insulator, and painted with a high temperature spray paint, it probably does a fine job.

 

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Revere Ware lid with a hole

Reader Michael found this lid at a thrift store.

Note the hole.  I’ve never seen another Revere Ware lid with a hole like that; Michael found two.  Given that the holes were in different spots on each lid, and Revere Ware is not known to have put any holes in their lids, these were probably added by a previous owner.

The benefit of having a hole in the lid is it allows for pressure changes inside the pot when there is a boiling liquid, which keeps the lid from rattling on the pot.  Pretty useful, really.

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The Revere Ware vintage pressure cooker dual pouring lip

We recently came across this Revere Ware brochure from sometime in the early to mid 40’s.

It includes this page on the pressure cooker:

I had no idea that the lip under which the top fits, also acts to direct the contents to either side for pouring, a neat feature.  I’ve since found this information in the Know Your Pressure Cooker brochure, but, interestingly, it isn’t in the pressure cooker manual.

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The Revere Ware name still pulls people in

I’ve always wondered by our Google advertising cost per click continues to go up over time.  We are the only ones that sell Revere Ware replacement parts, so you would think there isn’t much competition.  But while Revere Ware is no longer sold, the brand still does hold cache at seems, as plenty of large retailers draw people in with the Revere Ware name.  Take this search result for Bed Bath & Beyond:

When you actually go to the page, this is what you see.

None of that is Revere Ware of course.  But perhaps enough people still show interest in the brand that retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond know that some people will come to see if there is actually any for sale, and perhaps end up buying something else.

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Warranty on a Revere Ware refrigerator magnet?

My mother has had a Revere Ware skillet refrigerator magnet for years and when I started this business, I wanted one too. I dutifully found on on eBay and it has adorned our house ever since.

So when I came across a Revere Ware tea kettle magnet recently on eBay, I got a little excited.

25 year warranty?  Here is the back of that product card.

Wow, seems legitimate.  That’s the first warranty I’ve ever heard of on a refrigerator magnet.  25 years no less.

I suppose putting the warranty on there was good advertising, and very few were likely to actually try to make good on that claim.

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Tole Revere Ware percolator

I’ve never heard of Tole painting before coming across this very unique Revere Ware coffee pot on eBay.  According to Wikipedia:

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.

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Colored handles – some are and some aren’t

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.

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