34cm Dehillerin rondeau



This is the first vintage copper pot I bought, and it’s my favorite.

34cm Dehillerin rondeau

  • Type: Tin-lined rondeau in hammered finish with brass handles fitted with three copper rivets
  • French description: Rondeau étamé et martelé avec poignées en laiton munies de trois rivets en cuivre
  • Dimensions: 34cm diameter by 9cm high (13.4 inches by 3.5 inches)
  • Thickness: 4mm at rim
  • Weight: 7182g (15.83 lbs)
  • Maker and age estimate: Dehillerin; 1900-1930s?
  • Source: FrenchAntiquity (Etsy)

This is just a terrific old pan and I was very lucky that it was my first purchase. I remember digging it out of its shipping box and being stunned by how gorgeous it is. Did you know that really old copper has a wonderful scent to it?

Trio of pans “Edmond James de Rothschild”
Classic brass handles with large copper rivets

The stamp is Dehillerin, identifying the chaudronnerie that made it. Based on the stamp I believe this to be an early 20th century piece.

34cm Dehillerin rondeau
Old-style Dehillerin stamp with address

The tin lining on the interior was well-used but largely intact. There were some tiny spots of revealed copper, but not enough to require immediate retinning. I actually cooked a few dishes in it in this condition.

34cm Dehillerin rondeau

I’ve since had this pan refurbished by East Coast Tinning in Providence, Rhode Island, and they did a fabulous job. Here’s the pan polished, relined, and ready for another 100 years.

34cm Dehillerin rondeau

One issue with this pan is that it is out of round — that is, it’s been subjected to some kind of physical stress that’s deformed the shape a little bit. You can see below how the shape of the pan is not quite a perfect circle.

34cm Dehillerin rondeau

This means that a drop-in lid won’t fit neatly on it. Instead I use flat lids and they work fine. I’ve decided I love this pot no matter what.

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