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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.




3 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.

  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.

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