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Anatomy of an eBay listing / used Revere Ware skillet

It’s worth taking a look at an eBay listing for a used Revere Ware piece to see what we can learn before we buy.  Take this skillet for instance.

When I see “unmarked” I immediately think two things – it is either a knock off, or it has been used enough that the copper layer has worn down past the stamp.

This piece, with the distinctive two screw handle and knob, is clearly not a knockoff.

So what about the bottom:

Definitely no stamp, so this piece has been used plenty, and some of the copper has worn off. It is probably still thicker than the post-1968 cookware, but still something to be aware of of you are prizing a piece like this for its thicker copper layer.

However, notice the wear pattern on the bottom:

The fact that the rim around the edge is showing some wear whereas  just inside of it is not, is indicative of a warping upward of the center of the pan.  Let’s look at the inside:

The way the light is reflecting, almost guarantees this skillet has a pretty significant warping upward in the center.  Probably not a great skillet if you value a flat bottom.  Here is an example of a skillet on eBay that looks to be much flatter, with little, if any, warping.

If you are buying a used piece on eBay, it may be worth asking the seller if the bottom is warped at all; if they say no, and it come warped, that gives you some recourse t0 return it.


Problem with replacement percolator tops

For years we had been buying our replacement glass percolator tops from TOPS, which makes a variety of generic replacement cookware parts.  A few years ago TOPS was sold to another company and we started buying the parts from them.  Our last order was received in November 2020.  As we started to get into the remainder of this order, we found that the packaging had changed.  You can see the older blue backed tops with the newer red backed tops here.

The replacement tops work by screwing an aluminum ring from the underside of the percolator lid onto the glass top. This allows them to work for a variety of percolator hole sizes. This part was made to fit holes between 1.5 and 2.5 inches.

Unfortunately, when they switched to the new manufacturing process sometime last year, the aluminum ring shrunk in size, and now comes on the red backed product at only 2 1/4 inches in diameter.  This makes it too small to fit Revere Ware percolators.

We have removed the inventory from our website for now, so it isn’t possible to order this part through us.  We’ve alerted the company that makes the parts and are trying to find a resolution.  Given that the parts no longer meet the specifications printed on the product packaging, our hope is that they fix the process to produce the correct sized ring.

Stay tuned.


Revere Ware mini set

This brand new Revere Ware mini set is probably the best Revere Ware toy set I’ve seen.

While the pieces are fairly small (you can see a 1 cup mark on one of the sauce pans), the pieces are fully functional, and everything is brand new.

Compare this to many of the Revere Ware toy sets which are very cheap aluminum look-a-likes, that can be used to actually cook (and are even smaller).

Believe it or not, these actually had a product designation from Revere Ware – the Miniature Revere Ware (500) line. Here is what the Photo Guide has to say about those:

If you are looking for a good Revere Ware play set, this is a good one.


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.