Buyer’s Guide

I’ve pulled some information together into an ongoing Buyer’s Guide geared towards helping you evaluate vintage copper and decide what’s right for you. (Are you a copper seller? I have a few tips for you, too.)


Start here!

I’ve put together some pages that I hope can help get you started.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about vintage copper — why I think it’s special, why it’s lined with tin, what it’s like to use and cook with it…
  • Identification for some tips on how to figure out who made a piece of vintage copper (and when!)
  • Cooking & care for suggestions on how to use and care for your vintage copper

Well-known makers

Field guide to GaillardA lot of French and European coppersmiths made copper cookware! Most of them aren’t around any more, but you can identify their pots and pans by their name stamped in the copper. I’ve put together what I call “field guides” for a few of the more well-known makers with some history and photographs of stamps.

There were (and still are!) also some smaller coppersmiths in the French village of Villedieu-les-Poêles in Normandy.

(And for a quick crash course in the eras of coppersmithing as I see them, please check out Antique vs vintage vs modern.)

Linings

How to tell nickel from stainlessCopper pans for general cooking can be lined with tin, stainless steel, nickel, or aluminum, and here’s some basic information about these options.

Buying copper online

Shipping boxes I have known

I’ve bought all my copper pots and pans online and I’ve learned a lot in the process.

My opinions

I’ve formed some opinions about specific brands of copper.

Grab bag

You may find these posts useful as you learn about copper and build your collection.

All Buyer’s Guide posts

Alternatively, here are all the posts in the Buyer’s Guide category.