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Revere Ware History

March 25, 2012

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A Photographic History of Revere’s Product Lines

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The Foundation Years (1880’s – 1932)

In the 1800’s, everyday cookware was fairly crude – little emphasis was placed on design other than to make it functional. Stove-top and oven-ware were typically heavy (cast iron, copper, or bronze), while lighter tinware was used for kettles, cups, and tableware.

7 Until the 1900’s, the Revere name was associated mostly with the manufacture of copper cladding, copper/brass castings (bells, canon, ship fittings), boilers, nails,and spikes. Cookware was a later addition, coming after 1890, and included skillets with heavy copper bodies, straight sides, and flat uninsulated iron handles. By the turn of the century, Revere & Son (as Paul Revere’s company was known) had merged with the Taunton-New Bedford Copper Company, located in New-Bedford, Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, Rome Manufacturing was established in 1892 as a division of Rome Brass Copper with manufacturing facilities in Rome, NY. It produced a huge variety (by the 1920’s it claimed to have made over 10,000 different products for the home) from sheet copper and brass including boiling kettles and washtubs (Domestic hot water was still a luxury, and these were used to heat water on the kitchen stove.)  Lightweight nickel or chrome plated tea kettles and coffee pots were also important products. These were made from multiple parts formed from copper sheet; soldered together, and finally plated with first nickel, and later chrome. The Rome Manufacturing plant was updated in the mid 1920’s to include the newest equipment and research laboratories, making it a leader in brass manufacturing.

The 1928 merger of five northeastern copper manufacturers (including Taunton-New Bedford and Rome Brass & Copper) produced the Revere Copper and Brass Corporation in 1929, the largest copper manufacturer in the US. Most of its production went to the Architectural (metal roofs & gutters), Industrial (refrigeration systems, boilers, cooling water condensers), and Electrical (motors and switches) markets. Cookware (then a minor facet of its business) was assigned to the recently upgraded Rome Manufacturing plant in NY; which then became the headquarters of the Manufactured Products Division for Revere Copper and Brass, Inc. The identifying hallmark used on production reflected the relative importance of the merger – “Rome” was prominent, while “Revere” was an afterthought.

Bakelite (the first heat resistant plastic) and Stainless Steel were both developed in the 1920’s and would become central to the development of modern cookware. Initially, they proved expensive and were difficult to adapt to then-current manufacturing methods. Although the Rome plant began early on to experiment with Bakelite; wooden handled, tin lined, copper cookware was continued as the bulk of Revere’s cookware production through the mid 1930’s. Reflecting a shift in manufacturing emphasis, all reference to the original Rome Manufacturing Company was dropped from the hallmark.

The Evolution of Revere Ware(1932-1949)

In 1932, Chester McCreery (A Rome Manufacturing salesman now working for Revere) suggested that substituting chrome plating for the the tin lining in copper cookware should greatly improve durability. Although logical, the concept was accepted without proper testing, and disgruntled housewives soon found that cooking potatoes together with salt caused the chrome plating to simply flake off – OOPS! McCreery’s initiative (although an embarrassing failure) was noticed; he eventually became Vice President of Manufacturing at the Revere’s Riverside plant in 1952.

The chrome cladding failure resulted in new management being sent to the Rome plant, with the directive to “Make something useful!”. The search for an improved cooking surface was given priority, but other aspects of cookware design such as rolled rims for lightweight rigidity and gently sloped bottoms for easy cleaning were also considered.

While research continued on the new cookware surface, the Manufactured Products Division continued to produce their existing line of cookware at the Rome NY factory, developing additional expertise in high-quality metal forming techniques. During this period, the basic designs for the future coffee pot and tea-kettle lines were developed.

The Manufactured Products Division also produced a high quality line of “Giftware” from 1935 until 1941. Competing with Chase, Manning-Bowman, Kensington, and others, Revere commissioned the services of well known industrial designers to produce luxury goods with a clean, modern look, emphasizing the use of chrome plated metal ware – which became the core of “Art Deco” styling movement. Unfortunately, this line was shut down in 1941 – due to the conversion to wartime production – and was never restarted. The designs and tooling were sold soon afterwards and continued in production under other names (National Silver Co. among them). Several of the designs (including the Fred Farr “Scroll Bookends”, the “Five O’clock Trays” of Norman Bel Geddes, and the William A. Welden’s “Teakettle” (which was later brought into the Revere Ware line) are now considered classic examples of Art Deco design.

Two+ years spent evaluating alternatives and developing new production techniques resulted in a “copper clad stainless steel” cooking surface, which together with an easy-to-clean, rivet-free design, and comfortable, easy to hold Bakelite handles were radical changes to the conservative cookware industry. The product that was eventually introduced in 1939 was given the name “Revere Ware”. There was some uncertainty regarding the hallmark to be used on the new cookware – early production used several, including the “Riding Revere” logo (borrowed from Revere’s Mill Products Division).

Revere applied for Patent protection on it’s copper cladding process in 1938 (formally granted in 1942. Prior to 1946, Revere included the notation “Pat. Pend.”(Patent Pending) in the hallmark used on cladded products. (A complete copy of the Patent & illustrations is available free of charge – e-mail canjard@verizon.net and request file ReverePatent.zip)

In 1946, the Revere Ware name was registered as a trademark, and the familiar circular logo started to appear on product. The “1801” notation on the mark referred to the year Paul Revere produced his first copper products (cladding for use on warships) in his original facility located in Canton, MA.

Revere Ware was not a perfect product – The bakelite handles quickly showed themselves as a weak point- they cracked and fell apart due to the excessive flexing of the metal spne, and the Bakelite pieces themselves, were overly brittle. The fix was delayed by WWII, but by 1947, a revised design with a stiff, thickened metal tang, and thicker Bakelite castings with thicker sidewalls and reinforced screw holes.

In the original issue of 1939, covered Sauce Pans were all the same diameter – the volume contained was determined by the height. – this lowered Revere’s manufacturing expenses by reducing the number of different production machines, kept parts inventories down, and reduced customer cost(fewer pieces were needed for a set). All sauce pans, from 1 to 5 Quarts, were 7.25″ in diameter. Simplicity this logical couldn’t last – by the late 1940’s the 4 and 5QT pans were widened to 8.25″ and the 1 and 1.5QT pans were narrowed to 5.5″ and 5.75″. Later years saw taller versions of the 1, 1.5, 2, and 3Qt double-boiler pans added to the line.

Lipped Skillets (with pouring spouts) and Deep Well Cookers (used in special stove-top “heat pits”) were common in 1930’s kitchens. However, post-war changes in cooking habits, stoves with smaller cook tops, and sealed ovens made them obsolete. Both items were discontinued by the early 1950’s.

The original Sauce Pots had simple, flat stainless steel handles which allowed them to be used in the oven as well as on the stove-top. Bakelite (although somewhat heat-resistant) was reserved for stove-top utensils where temperatures were generally lower. Steel handles persisted for some time (Bail-Handle Kettles kept their single side-mounted steel handle until they were discontinued in 1968).

Changes were not always final: The 7.25″ diameter 1QT Sauce Pans that were dropped in postwar re-sizing of Sauce Pans resurfaced in the mid 1950’s as “Combination” pans. With the advent of frozen foods they were repositioned as “frozen Food skillets” (They were a perfect size to allow a frozen block of vegetables and then cook, without changing pans. Never included in regular sets, they remained available as a special order item (marked as 1Qt size) until at least the 1980’s.

Revere brought out its first Pressure Cooker in 1946. Marketed as a time-saver (this was before the days of Microwave cooking); it was initially offered with a dial pressure valve (which required you to monitor and adjust the pressure by changes in the heat). Revere quickly changed the design in 1948 to incorporate a self-adjusting system with fixed pressure settings – 0, 5, 10, & 15 pounds. This simple and reliable system was highly successful, and “PC’s” remained in the Revere Ware line (with periodic updates) through the 1990’s.

Marketing Revere Ware(1953-1965)

Although Revere’s patent initially blocked duplication of their cladding process, Revere faced numerous challenges from competitors in the cookware industry throughout the 1950’s. New technology brought a variety of new materials (multi-layer sandwiches of aluminum, copper, and carbon steel) as well as increased pressure from existing manufacturers of Aluminum and stainless steel cookware. New sales concepts (marketing and consumer profiling) opened up new sales opportunities and Revere sought to capitalize on these by increasing the types of cookware it offered under the “Revere Ware” banner.

An aggressive advertising campaign was begun in 1948 to re-enforce Revere’s brand loyalty, and the Revere Ware trademark (and its imprint) were important parts of this effort. The special cladding process was effectively advertised on each piece of Revere Ware by imprinting them “made under process patent”. Revere expanded it’s production capacity, opening first the Riverside, CA plant in 1949, then the Clinton, IL plant in 1950. Each plant identified its production in the hallmark it used (the Rome plant never revised its imprint – its production was identifiable by having no location).

Ammunition casing production during The Korean War created a shortage of copper, so Revere concentrated new product development on smaller, all-stainless items, bringing out various Wall Racks, Egg Poacher and Double-Boiler Insets, sets of Canisters and Mixing Bowls,and Handy Pans (refrigerator storage containers).

By the end of the Korean War, Revere Ware had become the “Gold Standard” of American cookware with 39 items in 12 distinct utensil types.

Originally designed in 1939, the Institutional Ware line was introduced in 1954. Intended for use in hospitals, restaurants, military bases and schools, it featured heavyweight, all stainless steel construction, and Revere’s copper cladding. available in a wide range of sizes, the skillet and sauce pan handles were long tubes of stainless steel with knurled grip areas and hanging holes, while stock pots used oversized, solid stainless “loops”. The lids were flat and recessed, to permit efficient stacking while designed with “wing tip” extensions serving as handles. Made with heavier gauge bodies than regular Revere Ware, this line did not require rolled rims to give stiffness to the sidewalls (which also made them easier to clean..

The Miniature Revere Ware line came in 1955 and was a direct extension of Revere’s advertising campaign to encourage brand loyalty. These perfectly scaled down sets were marketed to the “little homemaker”, and complemented the full-sized “kitchen jewel” sets sold to their mothers. Copper-clad with Bakelite handles, they even carried tiny replicas of the Revere Ware logo.

One of the biggest food fads of the 1950’s was the backyard barbecue, and Revere brought out the Patio Ware line in 1956 advertised specifically for that market. Revere simply re-packaged the skillets and sauce pots from Institutional Ware, substituting domed lids for the stock pots. Revere claimed the large handles were designed for a man’s “larger hands” as men were expected to be the principal users at barbecues. The line was made up of only 6 pieces – 3 skillets and 3 stock pots (seven, including the 14 cup coffee maker from the 1400 line) and did not include any sauce pans.

1956 also saw two additions to the basic 1400 series Revere Ware line: the Square Skillet (in 10.5″ & 13″ sizes) and the 12″ Round Griddle, which joined the 14 Cup Coffee Percolator (normally associated with the Patio Ware line). All were copper clad, and remained in limited production for the next 10 years. They are eagerly sought by collectors.

1957 saw the initial issue of the Patriot Ware line. This was the first non-copper clad Revere Ware, using instead a special “heat lined” steel body, essentially a laminated steel sandwich of stainless steel with a carbon steel core. All the pieces in this line used the “vapor seal” rim, appealing to the “water free” style of cooking. Later, a 4 piece “Campers Set” with folding handles allowing it to be “nested”, was available with non-stick coatings, and was carried in the LL Bean Catalogue. This line was replaced by Tri-Ply Revere Ware in 1967 (1970?).

Hosting informal dinners with friends and co-workers was an important part of the suburban lifestyle in the 50’s. Seeing another possible market, Revere designed the Buffet Ware Line. It was stylish and inexpensive, “Perfect to bake in, ideal for serving, storing and freezing all in one dish.” Buffet Ware featured heated, covered casseroles of polished, stainless steel and beverage servers.

The late 1950’s saw the advent of a new shopping trend: the mail-order catalogue, dominated by Sears & Roebuck, Jo Penneys and Montgomery Ward. Beginning in 1957, Revere manufactured product for Penneys, which was identical in styling to the Patriot Ware line with vapor- seal rims on all pieces, but was copper-clad, and carried a unique dual hallmark – “Made Expressly for Penneys by Revere”.

“Premiums” (Inexpensive versions of existing products which customers could obtain by buying another product) were popular sales promotion tools of the 50’s & 60’s. Revere produced a special line, Copper Maid to be used just for these programs. It was copper clad and used vapor-seal rims on all pieces, and had a contemporary, handle design.

By the late 1950’s, Sales of the traditional, copper clad, Revere Ware began levelling off and new “flagship” line was sought which would combine style, innovation, quality, and reduced maintenance (demographics probably showed Revere that housewives were too busy to polish copper “jewels”). The Designers’ Group line, introduced in 1959, was a complete redesign of the classic Revere Ware; intended to restore sagging sales and solidify Revere’s leading position in the domestic cookware market. It featured a new cooking surface composed of a “heat spreading” Copper Core laminated between layers of stainless steel, giving it excellent heat dispersion without the need for polishing, and the re-styled bodies and lids gave it a clean, modern appearance. However, Revere’s competitors were showing inexpensive aluminum cookware, which incorporated easy-to-clean Teflon® linings, with bright, multi-color exterior finishes. Designer’s Group was expensive and lacked a non-stick coating, with stainless steel exteriors that would not accept colored finishes. Although successful, the sales of Designer’s Group apparently failed to meet management expectations, was rarely advertised after 1962, and was discontinued in 1966?.

From 1967?-1975? Revere offered a (presumably cheaper) carbon steel core version, designated Designer’s Group (note the change in the placement of the apostrophe). This line used handles and knobs taken from Neptune, removed the sea horse inserts, and painted the remaining hardware black. Apart from reducing the cost it is hard to understand the reasoning behind this hodge-podge, short-lived line.

Deluxe Revere Ware was brought out in 1962 and reverted to the traditional 1400 line copper clad SS construction and profiles, with the addition of a sleek new handle design with slide-out hanging loops with low slung “pagoda” styled lids with inverted conical knobs. Attempting to respond to consumer demand for a non-stick cooking surface, Deluxe Revere Ware was produced with a highly polished “Perma-Sheen” interior surface (claimed to last a lifetime), but the results were disappointing. By 1966, Revere was substituting its “Perma-Loc” (Revere’s name for the Boeclad process for the application of a teflon surface to stainless steel).

In 1963, Revere began producing electrically heated cookware. Initially restricted to coffee percolators, skillets, and serving trays; it was later expanded to include waffle irons, griddles, slow cookers, microwave ovens, pressure cookers, and even ceiling fans. Parts of this line are still in production (as of 2005).
By the early 1960’s the disappointing sales generated by the new Designers’ Group line provoked Revere to commit itself to establishing a presence in the highly profitable aluminum cookware, market. In a puzzling move, Revere chose a “vertical” approach to the market, taking all aspects of the manufacturing process in-house. Subsequently, a Bauxite mine in Jamaica was purchased, a conversion smelter was built in New Jersey, and rolling mill and assembly plants in Georgia were established. In contrast, the largest aluminum cookware manufacturers (Wear Ever and Farber wear)were buying the aluminum material (or aluminum-clad stainless steel blanks) from existing manufacturers, while they concentrated on the developing efficient manufacturing and distribution activities. Revere undertook its mammoth project with a management team which had only limited experience in the aluminum industry, and as a result suffered “one of the worst corporate disasters in recent history” (James Cook, Forbes, 7/1/1977). The first aluminum bodied cookware to carry the Revere hallmark was delayed by plant and production failures and came out in 1967-8. Even then, Revere was forced to either purchase aluminum clad stainless steel material from Clad Metals, LLC. or to have the new line produced under contract by another manufacturer.

This Revere line was similar in design to WearEver’s existing Duranel™ cookware, but carried the Revere hallmark. Apparently Revere discontinued this line when Gourmet finally was introduced. line in 1969.  The Neptune line was brought out in 1966 and continued in production into the early 1970’s,taking the styling from the now discontinued Designers’ Group, with the sole change being the addition of “seahorse” graphics (applied to anodized aluminum inserts glued to the handles and knobs). Revere continued experimenting with non-stick coatings applied to Stainless Steel (initial attempts involved “Perma-Loc” on Deluxe Revere Ware); but the use of these coatings on a stainless steel surface were felt to be unnecessary when the utensil was copper clad. The Perma- loc surface was introduced colored blue (matching the sea horses) but later switched to black.

for the remainder of its’ production.

Neptune introduced several new pieces of cookware that had not previously appeared in a Revere line, including an asparagus pot, fondue set (which was later absorbed into the Paul Revere Ware line) and utensil set.

The Contempora line (launched in 1967) combined several styling elements used in previous Revere lines: the laminated stainless steel / carbon steel core (now dubbed “heat spreading core”) and the tab handles on sauce pots came from Patriot Ware were combined with the pan handles from Deluxe Revere Ware, while the lid and body profiles mirrored those used in the Designers’ Group and Neptune lines. Only the lid knob styling was new – an elongated inverted triangular pyramid. The Contempora line was limited to an 8″ skillet, two sauce pans, a double boiler, and a 5 qt sauce pot.

Simultaneously, Revere introduced Stainless Tri-Ply Revere Ware which updated the Patriot Ware line, keeping the Stainless steel/carbon steel core material and the Vapor Seal lids, while using the handles from Deluxe Revere Ware; the lid knobs were unique, but were squat and unremarkable. Tri-Ply Revere Ware was short-lived, and was replaced by the 1400 line look-alike Stainless Revere Ware in 1974.

Recognizing that a high-end consumer market existed for the solid copper cookware commonly in use by professional chefs, Revere introduced the Paul Revere Ware line in 1967. Produced only at the Oneonta, AL plant, the copper/stainless steel material it used was made in house using a high temperature, pressure-bonding process, not the traditional Revere electro-plating process. Designed as much (or more) for visual appeal as for function, the solid brass handles were attached with rivets welded to the bodies (producing a riveted handle with no exposed rivet heads on the cooking surface. The line included numerous specialty pieces: omelet, crepes suzette, fondue, and Au Gratin pans; casseroles, even a flambe set with alcohol burner and  tray. Initial production carried “Limited Edition Collection” stamped on the undersides of the handles while a stylized Paul Revere “signature” was later added to the underside of each piece. This combination was designated the “Paul Revere Signature Collection” when the handle imprint was removed. A special issue commemorating the American Bicentennial added “1776-1976″ to the hallmark. The “signature” was also used on teakettles, serving trays, and mixing bowls which were later additions to the line (these were simply units produced for the 1400 line with the signature added). By 1978, the line had grown to include 33 different pieces, making it the largest line produced by Revere since the Revere Ware 1400 line of the mid 1950’s. A design change came in 1982 when the handle was widened and an option for polished stainless steel, copper core bodies was added. A heavy duty commercial copper core version with stainless steel handles was added just before the line was discontinued in 1986, when the Oneonta plant was closed. The line was re-introduced in 2003 with an Stainless Steel encapsulated copper bottom and bodies of solid stainless steel; this final edition was manufactured in China and bore the hallmark “Paul Revere Shoppe”

Revere brought out its first “in-house” line of cast aluminum cookware in 1969 – the Gourmet line. Featuring heavy gauge aluminum bodies (with the Bakelite knobs and handles from Patriot Ware), baked on poly amide color clad finishes, and Teflon II linings, it was likely produced at Revere’s aluminum products plant in Oneonta, ALA.

Throughout the late 1960’s and 1970’s, Revere sought to reduce production costs – particularly as regards the traditional copper clad Revere Ware. By far the most significant change made was to reduce the thickness of the copper cladding by shortening the electro-plating cycle time. Eventually, the cladding thickness was cut by almost half. This cut plating costs dramatically and increased production, but also severely compromised the legendary cooking qualities.

Changes continued – One-piece handles replaced the two-piece handles by 1970; Drip Coffee Makers were discontinued in the late 1970’s, followed by the 6 Qt Dutch Oven (with its Vapor Seal Rim and High Dome lid)in the mid 1980’s, and the Coffee Percolators in 1990. Although customer loyalty lingered, the “Grandma’s Revere Ware” quality was never restored, and copper clad Revere Ware (renamed Copper Clad Collection in 1974) was increasingly targeted at the discount market. It survives today as the Traditions line, having little in common with the original Revere Ware except its appearance.

The hallmarks used from the late 1960’s to the mid 1970’s went through their own peculiar evolution. The plant name (typically Clinton, since Riverside was closed in 1962 and Rome mothballed from 1968-1974) previously below the circular logo, was moved above it, and the “Process Patent” wording dropped. The traditional circular Revere logo was replaced by the “1801 Profile” mark, and the utensil size added in 1975? with coding for the month and year of production added in 1979. When the Rome plant restarted copper clad production in 1974, it used the new hallmark and included the production plant.

Stainless Revere Ware (introduced in 1974) was styled identical to that of traditional Copper Clad Revere Ware, it used the stainless steel clad carbon steel core material first used in Patriot Ware and later in the Contempora and finally Tri-Ply Revere Ware lines. This provided satisfactory cooking performance, and retained the Revere Ware “look”. Stainless Revere Ware became Revere’s main line, and remained in production into the 1990’s. Produced at the Clinton plant, the copper clad production it displaced was transferred to the Rome plant, allowing that plants’ copper clad line (mothballed since 1968) to restart.

A specially designed Omelet Pan was added to the Copper Clad Collection in late 1974. Introduced as “America’s only copper bottom stainless steel omelet pan”, it was designed with shallow evenly rounded sides and was available in two sizes – 8″ & 10″.
Restaurant Style Stockpots were introduced in 1985, replacing the 10,12,16, and 20 Qt wide Sauce Pots. Initially these were brought out in two forms – Stainless Revere Ware, using the stainless steel/carbon steel core laminate, and a heavy duty restaurant grade of copper clad. Later a disc line version and a lighter weight copper-clad version were added. The stylings of all four versions were all-metal pots, with tubular steel handles and metal lids.

Kitchen technology changed in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the smooth glass/ceramic cooktop surfaces. These surfaces used embedded thermostats requiring cookware with thick, cast metal bottoms (as opposed to the pressed steel or electroplated bottoms used by Revere Ware). In 1986, Revere responded with the Aluminum Bottom Cookware, sometimes advertised as “tri-ply” or “disc bottom” (known internally as the 2000 line). It continued the classic Revere Ware styling, but used a stainless steel coated aluminum disc brazed to the bottom of each piece allowing use on smooth cooktops, while retaining the heat dispersion needed by Stainless steel pans used on conventional cooktops. Initially, the discs were brazed and buffed in Hong Kong, and the final product assembled at Clinton. The line was competitively priced and was successful in the lower priced markets.
The Micro-Fryer was introduced in 1987 – designed to allow “combination cooking” – food could be browned on the range top, and then transferred to the microwave oven to complete cooking – all in the same pan. The pans were available in 8″ and 10″ sizes, with both copper clad and aluminum disc bottoms. A tempered glass cover was provided with each piece.

The ONYX line, also introduced in 1987, was Revere’s first line to use a hard anodized aluminum cooking surface. Originally introduced with commercial style tubular steel handles and solid, stainless steel lids, by 1994 dismayed buyers found that clear glass lids and phenolic handles had been substituted and a non-stick surface had been added — production had been outsourced to Hong Kong and the design had been modified to allow for available parts.

The End of Revere Ware As We Knew It (1988 – present)

The tremendous financial losses incurred by its aluminum operations ultimately forced Revere Copper and Brass, Inc. to seek bankruptcy protection in 1982. Following reorganization in 1985, Revere Ware Incorporated (the cookware division) was sold to Corning Glass Inc.; while the Mill Products Division was bought by the employees (retaining the Revere Copper and Brass Inc. name). The remaining Aluminum assets were sold and Revere withdrew completely from primary aluminum production. In 1986 the Rome facility was closed; and in 1989, the spare parts program was discontinued. There-after, corporate philosophy seems to have changed from focusing on specific markets to “shotgunning”: Prior to the 1988 Corning buyout, Revere was producing only four distinctly different cookware lines: Copper clad 1400 line, Aluminum disc (2000 line),Onyx™, and the Micro- Fryer™, each of which retained some domestic manufacturing capacity. Ten years later in 1998, World Kitchen Inc. assumed control with over a dozen lines, most simply combinations of old ideas & existing parts, all made in off-shore plants by affiliated companies (or companies under contract to Revere). WKI then continued adding “new” lines; at least 12 more were added within 7 years (1998 – 2005) further exacerbating the situation. The lack of cohesive marketing together with inconsistent names / descriptions / specifications produced massive confusion — So much so that after 1990, I have included here only those lines with some special significance.

1989 – The first completely new Revere/Corning product was brought out – ProLine – made of a very heavy gauge of 18/10 stainless steel with a copper disc bottom to provide even heating and unusual “wire” handles. It was first made at the Clinton plant, but by 1994 it was being manufactured in Thailand.

1989 – The Vista line was introduced with cookware bodies were from Revere’s Copper Clad 1400 line (with vapor seal rims added) while the covers were taken from the Corning Ware line. The combination of parts from existing lines to make a third line became Revere’s source of “new” product concepts.

1992 – Spectrum introduced aluminum non-stick bodies which incorporated dual pouring spouts, together with “old fashioned” Revere Ware stainless steel strainer lids. The enamelled exterior was available in maroon, blue, and black; the one-piece handles were riveted to the aluminum bodies. The finished product was imported from Thailand.

1992 – Revere issued the “1892 – 1992 Paul Revere Centennial” teakettles, but what they “commemorated” is somewhat puzzling – Revere was producing cookware before 1892; and the Rome facility that started production in 1892 was Rome Manufacturing, not Revere; and did not become part of Revere Copper & Brass, Inc. until the merger of 1927. There was irony as well – Revere had closed the Rome facility (Revere’s teakettle plant) six years earlier, and moved all teakettle production offshore – every “Paul Revere Centennial” teakettle had to be imported from Korea.

1992-3 – Hallmarks on aluminum disc bottom line were relocated to a circular recess on the bottom of the utensil. Production of Stainless Revere Ware was discontinued, and the Clinton plant workforce suffered further reductions.

1993 – Excel – Emphasizing ease of use, it incorporated stainless steel bodies with double pouring spouts, non-stick interiors, and specially designed “strainer” lids to allow draining without the use of colanders.

1998 - Independence – Porcelain enamel exteriors with nonstick interiors, double pour-spouts, stainless steel strainer type covers. This line was essentially Spectrum with new handle styles.

1998 – Revolution – DuPont SilverStone Select nonstick coating, inside and out, re-styled Revere Grip handle, large loop knobs, saucepans with double pouring spouts, and strainer covers.

1998 – Revere Ware, Inc. was sold to Borden Inc., along with the rest of the Corning Consumer Products Division (Corelle, Corningware, Visions, Pyrex), all of which were reorganized as World Kitchen, Inc.

In 1999, the Clinton, IL plant closed. All domestic manufacturing of Revere Ware ended, and corporate headquarters for the former Revere Ware Inc. line were moved to Indonesia. The Revere Ware logo was initially dropped and replaced with the single word “Revere” (it was revived in a subsequent oval logo. New Product lines continued to be introduced by World Kitchen, Inc., many of which were essentially renamings of older or existing lines.

May 2002 – World Kitchens Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection but introduced new lines even while reorganizing in 2003.

2002 – Chef’s Preference – Aluminum bodied, nonstick cookware with black enamel exterior finish. Features saucepans with pouring spouts, stainless steel colander (strainer) covers and restyled versions of the traditional “pistol grip” handles. Sold as an 8-piece set.

2002 – Culinary Classic – Extra heavy, 18/10 stainless steel bodies with impact bonded, copper encapsulated bottoms, solid stainless steel handles and tempered glass covers – skillets had a non-stick interior finish. The line was targeted to the upscale market (sold in 13 piece sets, priced at $199.00).

2003 – Chef’s Request – Heavy duty, all 18/10 stainless steel bodies with copper bottoms. Slim, cast stainless handles and stainless steel covers. This line was not available with non-stick cooking surfaces. Made in Indonesia, it was available in 11 piece sets and open stock.

???? – Revere Nonstick – Aluminum with a polished exterior allowing for coordinated styling with stainless steel Revere lines, nonstick interior.

2004 – Copper Ellipse - Pans feature an attractive bowl-shaped body made of 18/10 stainless steel with copper encapsulated bottoms, riveted, tubular stainless steel handles, and solid stainless steel lids. Made in South Korea, available 7 piece sets only.

2003 – Tri-Ply Stainless – A renamed version of the highly successful Stainless Revere Ware originally introduced in 1974. Classic 1400 line styling, body material comprised of two layers of stainless steel around a core of carbon steel for heat dispersion. Phenolic handles and knobs on stainless covers, virtually unchanged from 1974. Made in Indonesia, available in 10-piece sets.

2003 – Copper Clad – The latest version of the 1400 line copper clad Revere Ware which was first introduced in 1939 and was the foundation of the company. The copper clad stainless steel body, with phenolic handle and knob stylings (my emphasis) are virtually unchanged in almost 60 years. Made in Indonesia, it is available in 14 piece sets and individual pieces.

2003 – Traditions – Stainless steel bodies with non-stick coating, capacity markings on interior surfaces, modern looped handles with hanging holes.

2003 – Convenience – Stainless steel (18/10) bodies with encapsulated aluminum disc bottoms, Metal resistant DuPont Teflon™ nonstick coating on all interiors, soft grip handles, vented glass lids with wide stainless steel rims, and “no-spill” pouring spouts. Made in Indonesia, available in 8 piece sets.

2004 – Copper Select – Essentially a reintroduction of the Paul Revere Ware series, (discontinued in 1986) it used the same solid copper stainless steel lined bodies and stying as the earlier series, but with stainless steel handles replacing the earlier brass ones. It was also available in a stainless steel body version, with a disc of copper faced with SS on the bottom; marketed under the “Paul Revere Shoppe” label. This SS version should not be confused with the heavy duty, professional grade of Paul Revere Ware which was produced by Revere’s Oneonta AL plant in the mid 80’s – that line was completely SS with a copper core (bottom & sidewalls).

January, 2005 – The availability of the various Revere Ware lines is difficult to determine at present. The Traditions and Convenience lines are the only lines mentioned on the WKI internet site for the Revere line. At least one internet distributor reported that in December 2004, WKI issued a request for all internet marketers to suspend the promotion and sale of Revere lines. The future of the Revere Ware line appears uncertain.

Readers: The company records and historical archives that would normally have been the source for production and design details were moved to the Clinton Plant after the Rome facility closed in 1986. By all accounts, they were either lost, destroyed, or dispersed in 1999 when Clinton was closed, and are no longer available. The information presented here was compiled from many anecdotal sources, including advertisements, catalogues, examination (and sometimes destruction) of some 500+ pieces of Revere Ware, as well as interviews with retired Revere employees. Because of the lack of company records inconsistencies and uncertainties exist in the information presented here. Comments, criticisms, corrections, or assistance are all welcome! – Periodic updates will follow in the future – check back from time to time.

Special Note: Many people have contributed to this project, either with photographs, information, or encouragement. First among equals are Jay Merrill (who laid the initial groundwork and whose continued input has carried me over many a blind alley) and Skene Moody (a kindred spirit, whose “voice in the darkness” helps me retain my sanity)!

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63 Comments
  1. The content of Charlie Anjard’s Revere Ware history site is duplicated in its entirety here: http://www.revereware.org/info/

  2. Marylou Berman permalink

    I was given a set of Revere Ware for an engagement gift in Dec.1949. I still use them almost every day.They made products then they made them to last (63 yrs)and still cooking and many many moves.

  3. Sherree Townsend-Hinkle permalink

    I have enjoyed owing 2 set of paul revere pots and pans and I would like to know do you have a catalog so that i can order from? Please mail catalog to : Alabama 35211

    • I dont work for Revere. However, if you want the good vintage cookware your best bet is on Ebay. I redacted your personal information from this reply.

  4. anita walsh permalink

    When I married in1951 my co-workers gave me a six piece set of revere ware and as I was polishing the bottoms today I marvelled at how well it has stood up for 60 yrs .No loose handles ,no cracked handles. My daughters tease me saying I should treat myself to new pots, but I tell them they are a treasure to me and like old friends. Thank for making such a wonderful product.

  5. This is a helpful resource for anyone who might buy or sell these pans used. I’ve heard the older ones have heavier bottoms, but I don’t know how much older. In any case it will be interesting comparing the marks on mine to those in this document. Thanks for putting this together.

  6. Michelle Schill permalink

    My son just bought me a Paul Revere pan at a resale shop for my birthday. It is a very large, shallow pan with no copper that I can see. On the bottom it says 1801 and underneath it has Paul Revere’s signature and then under that it says USA. Is this from the signature collection? The woman at the shop said it is good for crepes. Do you know what year it was produced?

  7. Dot permalink

    Awesome Information, thanks for bringing it back!

  8. Jane Hebert permalink

    I got a set of Revereware copper bottom pots for A wedding gift in November 1952 which I still use daily. When my daughter graduated from nursing school she had one request – a set of Revereware for her new apartment. Sad to see a quality product disappear!

  9. I was Googling tonight so that I might write whoever makes (made) Revere Ware pots and found this blog. Sad to see the end of Revere Ware. Tonight, I scanned a photo of my first Christmas tree to post on Facebook. I was one year old. I took a magnifying glass to see what the opened gifts were under the tree. And there was my mother’s set of Revere Ware copper-bottom pots. I had no idea my mother’s pots were that old. And me? I’ll turn 65 on Christmas Eve, AND I STILL USE THOSE POTS. I bet nobody makes anything that good anymore. Those pots and I are the same age (1947), and I didn’t even hold up as well as they did.

  10. This is great! Just what I was looking for and very interesting. Thanks for posting!

  11. If you’re still around maintaining this blog, thank you for posting this. It’s sad to see the reorganization, stripping, and offshoring that occurred after the split in ’88. Unfortunately it seems there is little left of the original Revere Ware. We have a little copper bottomed Revere Ware sauce pan that’s the best pan we’ve ever owned.

    It makes me proud though to see that the original Revere Copper and Brass company is still around and employee owned. I own a small e-commerce store: http://www.greenkitcheware.com (not a plug at all, just saying), and one of our dreams was to one day make our own cookware line.

    Knowing that the original Revere company still exists today with its proud history, gives me hope that maybe one day we can help revive the line and continue the great tradition. Anyway, this was an interesting read, thanks for sharing!

  12. Lou Loeffler permalink

    Hello all,
    Iam seeking information on a Revere Ware solid copper round serving tray…was it a commemorative issue and when was it made ?

    Thank you ,
    Lou

  13. GARY HENRIQUES permalink

    .VARY GOOD ARTICLE. IM 70 YEARS ,MY MOTHER HAD A SET OF REVERE WARE WHEN I WAS LITTLE; MY JOB WAS TO POLISH THE BOTTOM COPPER WHEN I HELPED WITH THE DISHES.. I ALWAYS LIKED TO SEE THE SHINE. ALL MY MOTHERS OTHER POTS WERE CAST IRON AND WERE HEAVY . I HAVE HAD MANY OTHER BRANDS IN MY LIFE TIME BUT REVERE WARE POTS WERE ALWAYS THE DEPENDABLE PRODUCT. MY REVERE WARE LOOK JAST AS NEW AS THEY DID 50 YEARS AGO; I STILL POLISH THE BOTTOM. I A M A COLLECTOR ,AND I ALWAYS PICKED UP A REVERE POT HERE AND THEIR AT GARAGE SALES AND PUT THEM IN A BOX… RECENTLY I DECIDED TO COLLECT THE OLDER USA POTS . THAT IS WHY I LOOKED UP THIS SIGHT TO FIND OUT WHEN THEY STARTED .
    GARY HENRIQUES, HOLLISTER CA.

  14. I was hoping to register a complaint. My double boiler pan (part of a 1953 wedding gift) doesn’t quite shine up as it used to! Can’t believe I’ve been using it for 60 years!

  15. charles bannon permalink

    ihave an 8 qt stock pot that the handle of the lid broke off

  16. flossie permalink

    I have a set of four small casserole/au gratin dishes. They are stainless and copper clad. The seal on the bottom simply says “1801 Revere Ware” with no city of production. I can’t find anything like them on the Internet. Why?

  17. Cynthia Nighswonger permalink

    Where can I get a replacement seal for the Revere pressure cooker that came out in 1948? Also the plug that goes on the lid?

  18. Joanne permalink

    You have provided an invaluable history of cookware. My mothers pieces are in the hands of nieces, sister, myself. I own the entire set of all copper clad with metal handles, it works better than any pieces I own by other companies ie all clad, Caphalon. Thank you for a fascinating story.

  19. John permalink

    Thank you for your time, effort and thoughtfulness in preserving this wonderful resource. This is a valuable resource for identification. I have multiple pieces in use and have learned some are original (pre-1946), some are from the 50’s and 60’s and a set I’ve not needed to open from the 1990’s–my “new” set that’s 23 years old. Time seems not to affect these however. All are in good shape, easy to use and care for. My mom received a set for her wedding in 1954, and many pieces are still in use. I know a lady who worked in the offices at Clinton before they shuttered the plant. Awesome products with incredible quality and durability.

  20. Joe Perron permalink

    Hello, i have a friend who is researching Revere ware and had referenced some of the information in the inititial site re-posted here. He wanted to know who wrote the text. And tip would be helpful! Thanks!

  21. John permalink

    Thanks for the info. I’ve. Even trying to put together a set for personal use, but knew I wanted the older heavier Revere Ware. Now I know what to look for on eBay.

  22. anana permalink

    interesting photos and historical data. I have a 6 qt stockpot, heavy flat (induction style) copper bottom stockpot, made in China. The design is 5 1/2 inches tall, 9 + inches across and slightly tulip shaped. I’m assuming it is post 1999, but can’t find an image to identify it. If you would like an image, I can provide one. Hoping that you have information on it.

  23. This is fascinating. I just decided to thoroughly clean some of my Revereware I picked up at thrift stores and discovered that one has the double process patent from Clinton, ILL. The hallmark is so worn, I can’t read much of it, but from what I read here, it was made somewhere after 1950 and before 1960, and has evidently been well-used and well-loved. I’m really glad to have found this. Thanks for the info!

  24. Thanks for the info! As a seller of vintage kitchenwares, I found this very helpful in dating my vintage Revere Ware. It was also pretty interesting.

  25. REVERE WARE WAS ONE OF THE ITEMS ON OUR LIST OF GIFT IDEAS AT A LOCAL HARDWARE STORE IN TURLOCK, CA. WE RECEIVED ALMOST A COMPLETE SET AND IT IS STILL IN USE AFTER 60 YEARS OF MARRIAGE WE HAVE USED ALMOST NO OTHER POTS. WE WERE MARRIED IN 1953.

  26. judy black permalink

    I have a few pieces of the Hi-end all copper outside w/brasss handles and all stainless steel interior limited edition. On 1 of my casseroles, the brass handle came off and I need to find out how and where I can get it repaired. +I accidently set my 2qt saucepan on a poly microfiber cloth that was hot and the material stuck to the bottom of it. Should I use steel wool? I love this pot and use it daily for my cereal and sauces. Also, where and how can I get my pieces appraised? Judi

  27. J R Hinchman permalink

    The begining of the end for this country…all the profiteers that raped this artistic as well as iconic american manufacturing treasure trove,should have their families and decendants starve for lack of work.Sadly only the working men and women of today as well as tomorrow will pay that price.The greedmeisters never have to suffer…and if they rarely do they scream “how could labor be allowed to do this to us?” They, who have never made anything but debt with their hands sweat and blood.They, who”s bad decidesions and brilliant ideas of how to do things, have tanked more jobs than any labor agreement or workers.Then they sell out the first chance they get, to someone, or a group of someones,who rape any assets out of the crippled company and resell it to the next guy who moves manufacturing “offshore” for profitability, and make crap… I worked at that Rome plant for a short while,doing instrament calibrations…tough place…those workers desirved better than to be sold out!! They made something beautiful,functional and lasting in a place we will never see the likes of again.It took generations to build what it took managers thirty years to fritter away…Heston was right…”damn them…Damn them all to hell”.

  28. Rhonda permalink

    I inherited my mother’s copper bottom pans from when she got them as a wedding gift over 50 yrs. ago. My sister and I still use them. What a great product! I hope to hand them off to my daughter some day.

  29. Reggie permalink

    Thank you all for your efforts-I have really enjoyed finding out more about the history of our Revere Ware. I certainly enjoy using it and now I understand it so much more-Reggie

  30. Randy Benjamin permalink

    My parents bought Revere Ware as a newly-married couple soon after WWII. They handed the set of pots and pans to me in mid-70’s, and I’ve used them daily. I have pans that are JUST NOW wearing out. I wonder what could be bought now that will last 60 + years ?

  31. I have a complaint about a 3/4 pint saucepan made by Revere. I had one exactly like it back in the early 1990’s. I didn’t use it much except to heat gravy. After about three times using it, the rim cracked down the side about an inch! I returned it locally to an outlet store (now closed), who gave me a new pot. I didn’t use it much until this past year and now. Only to heat (at a simmer) canning lids for home canning. Now the saucepan is getting rust areas all over the inside! I thought Revere Ware was guarenteed for life. My dad worked at Revere Copper & Brass for years back in the early 1950’s, and got Mom a whole set, which I now have part of. They have never given me an ounce of problems. This little saucepan I bought myself and have not been happy with it at all. Something went downhill someplace along the way. Very sad.

  32. James Lumm permalink

    Nicely done. My father worked for Revere from around 1948 until he retired in the mid-90’s. He came back as a consultant when they were closing the Clinton IL plant a few years later. My grandfather also worked for Revere as a salesman in the 30’s and 40’s. My Dad started out after college as a draftsman in the Rome NY plant in the late 40’s then transferred to the L.A. (City of Commerce) tubing mill plant where he was an engineer and then chief engineer until 1974. He then moved to Revere Copper and Brass corporate HQ office, which was in NYC at the time, heading up energy conservation projects for the many plants around the country. This was part of the response to the oil embargos at the time. When those projects were completed, he finished his career as chief engineer at the Clintion plant from 1977 until its closure. He is still alive and lives in Clinton. The former Revere plant there is owned by Syngenta, an agra business known for producing herbicides and genetically modified seeds.

  33. e.a.f. permalink

    thank you for the information. I can now stop looking for a water kettle made by the company. I’d love to find a tea/water kettle made in North america. Next stop europe and/or Japan

  34. Linda Hardy permalink

    I have had for years the Paul Revere Solid Copper pots and pans that I absolutely love while my mother had the copper clad bottoms in the 1950’s. I very much enjoyed reading this history. Thank you.

  35. Henry permalink

    could you include this information about the revere copper and brass plant in Clinton IL

    . the former employees of Revere Copper and Brass
    of Clinton il can find their pension information here

    https://wwwcd.bcomplete.com/

  36. I have a 12″ Revere Ware pan but it’s NOT copper bottom. The bottom says 1801 (with Paul Revere profile)Revere Ware Clinton, IL. USA 94d inside a single circle. I would like to know how old this pan really is and since it is not stated anywhere on the pan..is it Stainless Steel? . It is a nice heavy pan with black handle and a hanging ring,has the high sides mirror like finish but inside is flat finish. Waiting for a response…thanks!

  37. If answer not know…is there a Revere Ware Co. phone # of some sort so I can contact to get this info?

  38. William Kerr permalink

    excellent rundown of the history of a company ( like Many ) have shipped profitability to other countrys, rather than our own, now the one that needs it the most.

  39. Valetina De Silva permalink

    I have two 8qt pots for 35 years but the handles and the cap on the cover are all loose, cracked and shaky which is very dangerous with hot stuff. Can I get replacement handles and caps.

  40. S Blanker permalink

    Interesting reading. I found this while searching online to see (1) if Revere Ware still existed and (2) if so, if the Aluminum Bottom (tri-ply) line is still made. Anyway, here’s my Revere Ware anecdote: In 1986 when I was registering for weddings gifts, I specified Revere Ware cookware because my mother was a life-long user of the copper bottom pots and pans. Knowing I would never keep up the copper bottoms, I signed up for the ones without the copper bottom. We received an array of pots, pans, fry pans, etc. When I started using them, it wasn’t long before I realized the pots and pans were all dripping rust around the top edge after washing. I only hand wash pots and pans, (never put them in the dishwasher) but do leave them to air dry in the drainer. I wrote to Revere complaining, since they were guaranteed for 25 years. They offered to replace every single pot/pan I had with another model – which is what led me to the Aluminum Bottom line. Now, 27 years later they’re still going strong and perform wonderfully on every stove/cooktop we’ve had – electric, gas, glass top.

  41. Robbie permalink

    Interesting history on the Revere lines of cookware. I replaced all of my cookware about 15 yrs ago with Revere Ware copper bottom pots and love them. I pick them up at garage sales, estates sales or wherever I can find them. They all have the patent pend logo from Riverside and Clinton plants. Thanks for the history.

  42. RUTH FLEMING permalink

    I was given a set of Revere Ware pots and pans as a wedding gift in 1966. Today these are looking just like new even after daily use after all these years. I have never put them in a dishwasher which I think may be the problem with the noted destruction of handles. I clean bottoms with a copper cleaner occassionally and always dry them with tea towel to prevent water spots. The only problem I found was my stainless insert as a double boiler developed a tiny pin prick hole recently. I am trying to find a replacement insert. RUTH FLEMING Kaleden, BC Canada

  43. Linda permalink

    I have found a unique item and am wondering if you could tell me what it is. It is 6 1/2″ round, 1 1/4 ” deep, copper bottomed “au gratin??” pan I think. it has sloped sides and the “copper clad stainless steel” logo with the head. there is no plant or state mentioned. the scalloped tab handles are stainless. no plastic at all. I would love to know what it really is.

    LInda

  44. Kimberly permalink

    I found this very interesting. My mom just gave me 2 of her Revere sauce pans and a mixing bowl that were from her 1978 marriage. I wanted to find out more but had no idea there was such a long and interesting history behind the line. Thanks!

  45. Beverly Morin permalink

    My husband and I were married 60 years ago on Jan 16, 1934. My mother gave us a set of Revere cookware as a wedding gift. This cookware is still in use every day, and is still all in good condition, although I don’t clean the bottoms anymore. It’s too bad they don’t make any things now that will be around in 60 years.

  46. Beth Griffiths permalink

    Hi! I live in the UK and I own one Revere Ware 16in saucepan in copper-clad stainless steel.
    I have used it pretty much every day since I acquired it in 1966. In those days we were all young mothers living along this suburban street in Wimbledon, London. Just across from me, with her two children was an American girl, Anne. She was married to a young doctor who was doing a year or two in the UK before returning home.
    When the family were leaving, Anne was selling some of her furnishings, things she did not want to take home to the States. I got her Revere Ware saucepan. At the time stainless steel was not common: most of my (hand-me-down) saucepans were in aluminum or
    I treasured my Revere Ware and it has repaid me by lasting this long. The style is very much like that of the 1939 set that you have illustrated. It always seemed to me that someone (mother, grandma, aunt?) had passed their old saucepan to Anne to take to England and that she was quite happy to let it go.
    Very faintly, on the base I can make out “Revere War ” and, if I twist it to the light I can see a 1 and, possibly an 8. I wonder where Anne is now? Her children would be in their fifties now.

  47. Rocky T Sliker permalink

    I found this article truly fascinating. I was trying to find when a particular style of Revere Ware pan was made. Although I did not find a specific answer to my question I found myself intently reading the history of this great American Company. It saddens me to know the quality cookware I grew up with is no longer made and that the log books and Company records which could make for an interesting read and quality reference is not available. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this article!

  48. V Zenke permalink

    Thanks for all that research! Our mother bought her sets in the 50’s and 60’s. After packing away for a move, they have been unpacked, and thanks to a fresh bottle of Brasso, most have polished up beautifully and cook very well. It’s a pity about that company, but so many went down that path of not realizing what a great thing they were, losing their identity, and frittering away their energies and customers. So sad.

  49. Thank you for such a complete review of RevereWare..
    That said, I’m very confused as to what I have bought thinking the older Copper bottom Stainless RevereWare made in the USA was the healthier, and better RevereWare to buy, where I could find it at!
    Now Revereware seems to be such a Hodge – Podge mess of cookware.

    I have about 20 piece of Calphalon commerical cookware, most made in the Usa, but I now have been finding out that Non-stick is not healthy to cook or eat from.

    This is so confusing.
    Going to check out my Farberware cookware now!

    Thank you again for taking the time for your review..

  50. Madilane Perry permalink

    Thanks. I’d always wondered how old my Revere Ware pots and skillets (formerly my mother’s and grandmother’s) were. Most seem to be immediately post war, one pre war and several too worn to place. So far there has been only one handle failure and one knob failure out of 6 items. Would not trade them for any other pots!

  51. Jim Blake permalink

    We purchased a 6″ skillet at an estate sale that has another handleless skillet inside of it. I cannot find this anywhere and wonder what this would be used for. The insert is the exact size of the skillet and is copper bottom. It does not have the Revere signature on this portion of the pot but it must have been used this way as the skillet looks brand new.
    I could not find it on your web page

  52. Thanks for doing this! I have a few pieces of the copper-bottom stainless steel pieces with brass handles and still love them, after so many years. I used to travel to Rome, NY, on work, and would bring home Revere Ware to my wife. I was wondering what had happened to the company. Sadly, I see that once again great American quality was replaced by cheap Asian imitations, and another great American brand, from Paul Revere himself, died.

  53. Stu Weissman permalink

    I truly appreciate the time and effort it took to comprise this article. I have just 2 or 3 Revere pieces left, and I don’t know if they were acquired before or after my 1991 marriage. what I do know is that the best tasting food (omelets, burgers, chicken) comes from my PR frying pan, not the higher end brands acquired since. It’s sad that I cannot find (at any local store/price) similar quality, even if my purchases were made after the PR quality began it’s decline.

  54. maggie ball permalink

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION, IT MEANT ALOT TO ME. MY HUSBANDS’ GRANDFATHER HELPED DEVELOP THE COPPER BOTTOM AND I HAVE MY OWN SET THAT I CANT AND WON’TGIVE UP. I HAVE BEEN USING THEM FOR 38 YEARS AND THEY ARE STILL GOOD. MAGGIE BALL WASHINGT0N

  55. L4D2Ellis permalink

    So the dates for the thinner metal says 1968-1986, does that mean they have gotten even thinner afterwards? I went over on Amazon and it seems to be so for the pieces that are made overseas. Some reviewers say that they’ve been using their older sets for 20 years, and by the time of the reviews that places them around the late 80s to early 90s, and for them they were still usable.

  56. Clarice permalink

    Thank you for your blog. As of 2014, has Revere Ware resumed production anywhere in the world?

  57. We’ve used our 1801 series for decades without any special care and thinking it was just ordinary cookware, so I found this information enlightening and giving greater appreciation to its everyday use. Am most appreciative of your efforts and foresight.

  58. Thanx for this lengthy and very informative article about revere ware, then and now. I have some,
    dating from ’60s, still using it, love it. My grandson is being married soon, and I am in the process
    of finding and collecting a set, basic at minimum for he and his fiancée and doing pretty well at
    finding pieces . After cleaning them up, they look great, and are “as good as new” for vintage
    use.
    One thing that you might want to incorporate is cleaning these pieces, especially the copper
    bottoms. Sometimes it takes some risk and considerable effort, but I have had very good luck.
    Use oven cleaner (spray) on bottoms, let sit, scrub with soap pad (ie. Brillo, or similar), repeat
    it necessary. To put on the shine, after cleaning, cover with ketchup…or a mixture of lemon
    juice and salt. Allow to sit for 15 or 20 minutes, scrub off with Brillo, gently please. Bottom
    should shine like new.
    For really, really dirty pots and pans, cooked on grease, etc. Pans can be soaked briefly in a
    lye solution, in a stainless steel sink only….But this is hazardous. Mix solution with great care,
    put pans in carefully, trying to keep those handles out of the solution, no splashing, and
    USE RUBBER GLOVES. Lye really hurts!!! After soaking, scrub as above.
    Thank you again. Catherine from New Hampshire

  59. Lorraine Lenskold permalink

    Enjoyed reading your history. I have loved using my Mom’s 1940’s copper clad Revere pots and never intended to give them up. BUT we just moved to a house with an electric stove- my wonderful old pots are dancing over the surface so I am forced to replace them! Sadly, I’m looking for used stainless Revere pots.

  60. It’s difficult to find educated people about this topic, but you seem
    like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  61. Shirley Morlan permalink

    I received 4 pieces of Revere Ware for wedding presents. I love it. My wedding was 11/22/52, almost
    62 years ago. My originals are the ones I still use!….shirley morlan

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