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.
This blog is to add information on various Revere Ware that ordinarily I would not include in the information when I am selling them. Some people don’t want to read all that
extra stuff, but if you do, I’ll share some things I think I know about Paul Revere Ware here.
This special “High-End” cookware was produced in Oneonta, Alabama, about 50 miles NE of Birmingham. Production began about 1967, right about the time Revere converted their “process patent” heavier copper bottom cookware to a somewhat lighter style, and dropped the “process patent” logo. This Paul Revere Ware was made from a solid copper sheet and a solid stainless steel sheet bonded together with pressure, unlike the Revere Ware copper bottom pans, which were a stainless steel sheet with an electroplated layer of copper.
When America’s Bicentennial came around 9 years later in 1976, this line of cookware was stamped with Paul Revere’s signature and 1776-1976 on the bottom. They produced the Bicentennial version for a couple of years, and then dropped the 1776-1976 from the logo, and kept the signature and the “1801”. 6 years later, Revere Copper & Brass (the original company) filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. 4 years after that, around 1986, the Oneonta plant was closed.
This special Paul Revere Line was so beautiful, (and still is) that many people hesitated to actually use it on the stove, and simply hung it on the wall for decoration. Eventually they might have taken it down and stored it in a box with some other pans, causing a few storage marks, etc. Lots of it has never been cooked in, even though it is an excellent heavy-duty line of cookware.