The Revere Company spent years making cookware from the late 1880’s, but during the 1930’s tried to come up with something lighter than the heavy cast iron that was the main source of every day cookware. Restaurants and people with a lot of money used copper pans with tin lining, but it was expensive to re-tin. Tin is a very soft metal, almost as soft as aluminum, and a lining was just that, a thin layer inside the copper.
Revere was the first to decide that stainless steel was the overall best material for a cooking surface, and spent over two years developing new production techniques. Finally they patented a stainless steel cooking surface, with an electroplated copper clad bottom for better heat distribution, and added Bakelite handles. They applied for the patent in 1938, and introduced “Revere Ware” as we know it today in 1939.
Revere never changed their product materials, although as years went by they used both thinner copper and stainless in their cookware. When their heavy solid copper/stainless cookware came out in 1967 (which includes the Bicentennial edition in 1976, and signature collection after that), they changed the process a bit. Rather than simply electro-plating the copper onto the stainless steel, they used two equal sheets of each and pressure bonded them together.
Stainless steel and copper have been the foundation for the growth of the Revere Ware company and much of the history of the evolution of cookware in the 20th century, and Revere Ware proudly displayed their choice of materials on logos, boxes and labels as long as they made them here in the USA.
The Clinton, Illinois plant produced more Revere Ware than the others simply because it was open for the longest. It was opened in 1950, and continued production of some type of Revere Cookware until it was closed in 1999. I am putting together a time-line of Revere Copper & Brass history, mostly about the Revere Ware cookware line, but other aspects of the company’s productions are relevant as well. I hope to post it soon.
After Revere decided to thin down the copper and stainless in their cookware in 1968, simultaneously changing the logo to appear like this one pictured, production continued only in the Clinton plant for 6 years.
Rome was the original home of Revere Copper & Brass as early as the 1880’s, and later opened the Riverside, CA plant specifically for cookware in 1949, and Clinton, Il a year later. Revere closed the Riverside facility down forever in 1962, after 13 years in operation. Rome ceased cookware production in 1968, except for maybe tea kettles, and did not reopen until 1974, so if you see this logo with a “Rome” stamp, it was made in 1974 or later. The picture in this post of the “Rome” logo was from a pan manufactured in 1979. This stamp without a date with the “Clinton” stamp could have been produced from 1968 to 1977.
Any cookware with “Riverside” printed on the bottom will be “Process Patent”, and is actually fairly rare. You won’t see this logo with Riverside on it. In 1978, Revere started including the year of production in their logo.
Revere had been producing cookware for years, and came up with their method of producing a stainless/copper combination along with a plastic (bakelite) handle during these years, but applied for the patent for it and decided to use this logo. It was stamped on the bottom of their cookware for almost 20 years. In 1968, they changed their process to use a thinner stainless steel, and also a thinner electroplated copper bottom. Copper prices, along with all metal prices were rising and it was a way to cut costs. The reduction of both stainless steel and copper continued throughout the decades. (More on that in future posts.)
Revere also changed their logo in 1968. They simply removed the double circle, the “copper clad” writing inside the circle, and the patent information below the circle, leaving the 1801, the profile, an “Revere Ware”. They continued with this logo with a few minor changes through the late 1990’s, when production within the USA shut down permanently. You can still buy Revere Ware, which is now owned by Corning, (AKA World Kitchens), but it is stamped “China” or “Indonesia”, and one variation (Pro Line) was made in Thailand for a while. The “good old pans” were and still are MUCH heavier and better than what you can buy today at Wal-Mart.