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I love a good Revere Ware mystery

A reader requested our help in identifying a Revere Ware item – a set of pans that had no handle.

My wife just found a set of three skillets that have no handles. Might you know what this product was used for and when was it in use?

This isn’t the first time someone has asked this question.  I would have assumed these were pans that lost their handles, but they don’t show any signs that a handle was ever attached.

A little internet searching however turned up a more plausible answer.

We drove a few hours away from our house to a attend a town wide sale which had several estate sales that day also. This was near Rome New York. I asked about these Revere ware pans because they were different from others I have seen. I was told that Rome, NY had a Revere Ware factory and pans that had any factory defects were often taken home by a worker and given to family and friends. Flaws many times were very minor, sometimes the stamp on the bottom of the pan was missing (These pans have no stamp on bottom). There are no handles either and there is not a place for one. Many times these pans were used in the oven, so they didn’t care if it had a handle. So these Revere Ware pans are a rare find, normally found in the towns and surrounding areas that had a Revere ware factory.




8 Responses to I love a good Revere Ware mystery

  1. Old Revere Ware nut December 20, 2020 at 10:56 pm #

    About the Revere Ware no-handle oven pans :

    I have been buying RW from the same three sellers for years. All of them live in, or near to, Rome, New York.
    They tell me that when you toured the Revere plant in Rome, you were given these as a gift.
    They are factory rejects that were pulled off the assembly line before the logo was stamped on the bottom, and before the handles were attached.
    They tell me that they find these all the time in thrift shops in Rome, and the nearby towns.
    I have bought these in six, eight, nine, and ten inch diameters.
    Some of them clearly had the copper put on crookedly.
    Some of them look absolutely perfect to me.

    Recently ebay had a group of these with Clinton stamped on the bottom of each one.
    I had never seen one of these with any kind of mark on the bottom, until these turned up.
    I did not buy them, so I was not able to see if there were any marks that looked like a handle had once been attached.
    These are great for using in the oven, or under the broiler.
    Just unscrew the bakelite knob first, if you use a lid.

    • Jim January 20, 2023 at 6:15 pm #

      I also pick up what I believe to be a revere ware frying pan. This pan never had a handle,no stamp and bottom copper all crooked. The pan seats nice and looks good. Are these pans worth anything.

      • RevereWareParts January 25, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

        Thanks for sending me the pictures Jim. Yes, you indeed have very similar pans, thought to be one-offs brought home by Revere Ware factory employees.

        In terms of its worth, I would think somewhere less than $100; if you find the right person that likes the novelty of it, they might pay at the high end of that.

  2. M. Womack May 4, 2021 at 2:32 pm #

    I recently searched Goodwill for RW copper bottom pots. . I found 2 pots; the 1st identical to what I own without the stamp on the bottom. The 2nd one heavier with another manufacture imprint on the bottom. Truly I believe the 1st one is RW without the imprint.

    • RevereWareParts May 4, 2021 at 3:12 pm #

      It’s it not uncommon for older Revere Ware to lose the bottom stamp from scrubbing over the years; I’ve seen plenty with partially or fully faded stamps.

  3. Jim January 20, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

    I found what I believe is a revere ware in a Syracuse, NY thrift shop. No handle, never had one. No stamp on bottom. Copper bottom is very uneven, and crooked. Pan in good shape. Is this pan worth anything.

  4. James Albicker January 31, 2023 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi, I found a revere ware 1 1/2 sauce pan at thrift shop. Has a stamp from Rome NY, but has a large N above the 1801 logo

  5. James albicker January 31, 2023 at 3:54 pm #

    Can you tell me what this N over the 1801 means.

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