The Paul Revere Collection had a couple of different labels over the years, with two different sets of instructions on removing the protective coating. One basically says to soak in hot water, and the other describes using 409 or some other cleaners to remove it, so I assume they have used various types of coatings over the years. You can read the instructions of both by clicking on each picture in this post. If you don’t know which kind you have, I would recommend soaking it in hot water first, and if that doesn’t work, try the cleaner. Keep in mind that these instructions were intended for removal of this stuff 40-50 years ago, so it might not work so well after all these years. It isn’t easy to remove, in my experience, but it must be done if you intend to use them for cooking.
Once the coating is removed, the copper will begin to tarnish. If you want to polish them back up again, try this copper tarnish remover. It is all natural, and works great in about a minute. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TEXAS-MAGIC-Sparkle-Green-Copper-Natural-Tarnish-Remover-Cleaner-Non-Toxic-Pan-/281162099784?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT
In 1986, with the advent of the “smooth cook tops”, Revere introduced their new Aluminum Bottom Cookware, which we know as the “Tri-Ply” or “Disc-Bottom”.
The best metals for conducting (transmitting) energy are, in this order, silver, copper, and aluminum. That is why electrical contacts are silver and copper, and also why wire is copper or aluminum. No one can afford silver electrical wire, I guess, although there are many small electrical components in computers that use silver to make the contact. As with wire, silver was not an affordable option for cookware, and I suppose it may even conduct a little too well for cooking. Meanwhile, copper was and still is the excellent affordable choice for rapid disbursement of energy, whether it be electricity or heat. Aluminum is the next choice, so for direct contact on a smooth top stove, the aluminum disc on the bottom of the stainless steel pan was the logical option. This line continued to be produced in the USA from 1986 until the late 90’s, when all production was moved out of the country. I believe it still continued with “China” production, but I am not sure if it still is manufactured there. I have lost both the trail and the interest for Revere Ware overseas production, and just concentrate on what was made 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.