We get quite a few questions about the history or age of a particular Revere Ware item. Often, information is thin and it is hard to nail down something like age with any certainty.
Recently, customer Diane asked:
I have stainless steel, copper clad, drip pot that has a patent number of 2272609. Can you tell me the age of this particular piece of Revere Ware?
Based on the work of Charlie Anjard, who compiled the best Revere Ware historical information we have (see history, vintage & process patent, and the photo guide), we know that the process patent stamp identifies cookware that was made between 1939 and 1968.
We have collected a number of Revere Ware related ads, catalogs, instructions, and brochures over the years. The earliest piece we could find that showed the drop coffee maker was the Revere’s Guide to Better Cooking, from 1941.
We also have catalogs dated 1953, 1955, 1961, and 1966 that show the drop coffee maker.
In this case, it seems that the piece could have been made anywhere between 1941 and 1966 definitively, and quite possible for the entire period from 1939 to 1968.
One other thing that is notable is that, according to Charlie’s photo guide, Revere stopped making the drop coffee pot in the late 1970’s. From 1968 through the late 70’s they would have been made without the process patent stamp on the bottom.