Index of store stamps

Index of store stamps

Sometimes vintage copper isn’t stamped by the place that made it but instead with the name of the store that sold it. This post is an ongoing effort to document them.

Here’s a list of the stores I’ve found so far that sold French copper stamped under their own name, in alphabetical order.

I’ve gathered examples of these stamps below. Some are from my own collection but I’ve also gone on a photo safari of sorts on eBay and Etsy. (If you have a pot with a stamp that’s not listed here, I’d love to include it!)


A La Ménagère

This department store on the ground floor of the magnificent building at 20 Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle was one of the grandest retail emporia in Paris from its inception in 1863 until it closed in 1930. A La Ménagère copper doesn’t have a store stamp in the conventional sense — that is, there is nothing stamped into the body of the copper. Instead, the store name is stamped onto the upper surface of the iron handle.

The store existed as “A La Ménagère” from 1863 to 1899 after which it was known as “Galeries de la Ménagère.” The handles are stamped “A La Ménagère”, which suggests to me that the copper was produced before 1899; after that point, the stamp should have been changed to “De La Ménagère” to match the store’s renaming. Based on this, I propose that a piece of copper carrying the A La Ménagère handle design was produced between 1863 and 1899.

Copper from the great Parisian department storesThis handle style has an arrow-shaped baseplate. The handle is stamped “A La Ménagère A Paris B. Bonne-Nouvelle 20.”
Copper from the great Parisian department storesThis handle style has a more clover-leaf shaped baseplate. The handle is stamped “A La Ménagère Paris.”

Allez Frères

The Allez brothers (and sometimes nephews and sons) operated a hardware and department store in Les Halles in Paris from 1803 into the 1930s. The shop started at Quai de la Mégisserie before moving to 1 Rue Saint-Martin in 1856. This was a great location near the place du Châtelet, the former site of the Grand Châtelet, a castle built in the 12th century by Louis VI and destroyed by Napoleon in 1802 to create the square. (You’ll sometimes see Allez Frères documents with “Au Châtelet” to let people know the store was quite close to this important city landmark.)

Index of store stampsThe store furnished the great hotels and houses of Europe with everything from bathtubs to garden furniture and, yes, beautiful copper. Their iron-handled pans can be easily recognized by the trefoil base. The photo on the right is from the traveling “Downton Abbey” exhibition in Boston in July 2019, and if you look closely at the saucepans on the shelf over the stove you will see some of them appear to be Allez Frères pans, which would be correct for the timing of the television show. (The other saucepans look French as well, and could be Gaillard or Dehillerin.)

I do not know whether Allez Frères made their own copper; from 1883 to 1900 they specified fabrication en Villedieu-les-Poêles, but it seems more likely that they commissioned copper from an existing maker rather than set up their own factory. I suspect that maker was most likely Mauviel-Gautier Frères but would welcome further information on this if you have any.

Index of store stampsThe Allez Frères stamp has the words “Établissements ALLEZ Frères Paris” within an oval cartouche.
Index of store stampsThis is the distinctive iron handle baseplate that I have nicknamed the “trefoil” because of its three-leafed shapes.

A. Simon

 

A. Simon is a cookware store in Les Halles, the historic culinary district of Paris. One source claims that the store has been operating since 1884. It is still open today at 48 Rue Montmartre. (They seem to have a web site at simon-a.com but I can’t seem to get it to load.)

Index of store stamps
Courtesy Stephen Whalen.

The stamp is an oval cartouche with the words “a.simon PARIS.” It looks an awful lot like a series of stamp designs used by Mauviel for itself as well as customers like Crate and Barrel, Verbeelen, and Dehillerin.

My current guess is that this oval stamp design is from the 1980s.

Bazaar de la Cuisine New York

This kitchen store operated from about 1969 to 1984 with locations at 1003 Second Avenue and 160 East 55th in New York City. As its name suggests, it imported a wide range of French and European kitchenware including copper items. According to the New York Times, its closure in 1984 was due to a 300 percent rent increase.

The store used two text stamps. At the moment I believe one stamp appears on cooking utensils while the other was on copper cookware. My guess is that the store sourced these items from two different suppliers and each supplier had its own version of the stamp.

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This is the stamp I’ve seen on cooking utensils (bowls, Bains Maries, et cetera). It reads “BAZAAR DE LA CUISINE, INC. NEW YORK, N.Y.”

It’s possible that items with this stamp are not French-made but US-made. The items I’ve seen aren’t stamped “Made in France” as one would expect. Furthermore, the porcelain insert on the Bain Marie was Hall (made in the United States) while French Bains Maries would have a French porcelain insert (Pillivuyt, Apilco, or the like).

Index of store stampsThis is the version I’ve seen on a copper saucepan. It reads “BAZAAR DELA CUISINE INC.” in an oval with “N.Y. N.Y.” in the center, with a “MADE IN FRANCE” notation below.

I don’t know if this “Made in France” stamp is a standalone stamp or integrated with the store stamp above it. The typography looks quite like the “long-M” stamp used by Mauviel (as well as Gaillard and Jacquotot). I’m always alert to the style of Made in France stamp because it can be a clue as to the maker of a store’s pans; unfortunately, the stamp in question doesn’t really narrow things down. This saucepan example looks like Mauviel to me but I can’t be certain.

(Special thanks to reader Cameron for bringing my attention to this pan — I very much appreciate extra eyes looking out for these hard-to-find pieces!)

Bazar Français

Charles R. Ruegger opened his kitchenware store in New York in 1874 on South Fifth Avenue (later renamed West Broadway, now Laguardia Place) near Houston Street, and in 1929 moved it to its famous location at 666 6th Avenue near 22nd Street. In 1930 the company also opened a metalworking shop so that the kitchenware store sold a combination of US-made as well as imported French goods.

Charles R. was only able to enjoy the big new store for a year or two — he passed away in 1931. But according to this history, the store stayed firmly in family hands: his son Charles H. Ruegger took over (along with his brother-in-law Victor King), followed by grandson Charles O. Ruegger until 1963 when great-grandson Charles E. Ruegger took the helm. (It was Charles E. who recalled “a young man coming into the store in the late 60’s to buy our copper pans for his newly opened store which was called Crate and Barrel.”) The store closed in 1975 and though it is long gone the building retains a proud facade with CHARLES R. RUEGGER 1929.

I’ve seen three four five stamps with Charles Ruegger and Bazar Français on them. Reader Bryan P. has been helping me with this — we can’t be precise about the time range for each stamp, but we’re fairly confident about the sequence.

This is what we believe to be the first Ruegger stamp. It reads “Charles R. Ruegger Inc / New York / Made in France.” (Interestingly, the pot in question is, to all appearances, English — tin band, arrow-shaped handle baseplate. It’s a quandary.)

At the moment our theories that this is the first stamp in the series, used from 1874 until 1895.

Index of store stampsThis stamp has four lines of text in an oval shape. Notably, the street address is “484 West Broadway,” an important clue to its timing. According to Wikipedia, this section of South Fifth Avenue was renamed West Broadway in 1895, which sets a start date for the use of this stamp. The particular item with this stamp also has a separate “Made in France” stamp with the same distinctive typeface as the one just above.

Index of store stampsBased on this, Bryan and I think that this is the second of the four stamps we’ve uncovered, in use from 1895 and into the early 20th century.

Index of store stampsThis stamp reads “C.R. RUEGGER / INC / NEW YORK.” This pot also had a separate stamp simply stating “FRANCE.” 

We think this is the third stamp in use from the early 20th century up until 1929, but this is a guess. The 484 W Broadway stamp just above can be conveniently pinned to the 1895 change in the street’s name, but this stamp could have come before it. However, assuming a 10-15 year lifespan for the average copper stamp, it seems more likely that this stamp was used after the 484 W Broadway version, perhaps from the 1910s up to 1929.

Index of store stampsThis is the fourth stamp. With the “666” number, it must have been used after Charles set up the store on at 666 6th Avenue in 1929.

This is the only example I have seen of this stamp, and it’s on a round gratin pan. The gratin looks like mid-20th century French to me but there is no “Made in France” on it. It could either be a French pan imported prior to 1960 (or so) when the “Made in France” stamp became a requirement for French goods, or it is a French-like pan that Bazar Français made. Charles opened his own small metalworking shop in 1930 and could produce some copper items such as bowls and utensils.

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Stamped for Bazar Francais

This is the fifth and (so far) final stamp. This stamp is often located on the underside of the pan. With the discovery of the fourth stamp above, I now believe that this is the final stamp for this store, from the 1960s up until the store’s closure in 1975.

I’ve seen this stamp with and without the “Made in France.” If an item has is no “Made in France,” then it probably came from the Bazar Français workshop. If there is a “Made in France” stamp, it’s likely imported Mauviel.

Blaser & Cie

Blaser & Cie (“Compagnie”) was a kitchenware reseller at 59 and 61 Rue Montmartre in Paris during the mid-20th century. Items with their stamps are few and far between and I’ve not had much luck finding information about the store. Reader and copper aficionado Stephen Whalen came across a Jacquotot pan that carried a second stamp for Blaser and reached out to TJFRANCE who advised the following:

Regarding your pot Jacquotot, it’s amazing that the two stamps are mixed. Jacquotot was a reseller manufacturer. While Blaser was most certainly only a reseller. So there would have been no problem having the 2 stamps separated on this pot. It does not matter. Blaser was a kitchen equipment supplier who was at 59 and 61 rue de Montmartre in Paris. From the 1920s to the early 1970s, Blaser provided equipment for canteens, hotels, schools, restaurants, etc. There is very little information about them and it is quite rare to find material with their stamping.

I can’t confirm these dates with my own research. I found a public notice in 1935 of the dissolution of Blaser & Cie at that address by Alfred Blaser but I have no information that the store continued into the 1970s.

Index of store stamps
Courtesy Stephen Whalen.

The Blaser stamp is lightly superimposed over the Jacquotot stamp on this pan. It looks to be an oval cartouche with the word “Blaser” at the top, and the address line in the middle. I believe I can faintly make out the word “Paris” at the lower edge of the oval but that is a guess.

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Courtesy Alan Richardson.

Here’s a second example of the stamp, struck more firmly and legibly. Thanks to reader Alan Richardson for providing a clear example of this rare stamp.

BonJour

BonJour was a high-end kitchenware brand launched by Frank Brady, a housewares marketing entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Other brands he has created or helped to launch include All-Clad, Krups, Dansk, Shun, Nespresso, Meyer, Le Creuset, Brita and Microplane.) I don’t know exactly when the brand was invented but it goes back to at least 1991. In 2005 it was purchased by Meyer Corporation and continues to this day as one of several brands under the Meyer umbrella.

In its early days, the company seems to have focused on products that made high-end European cooking more accessible to Americans. For example, Frank Brady claims that the company invented and marketed the first milk frother that instantly helped U.S. consumers get more enjoyment from their European espresso makers. I can’t find any records of retail storefronts for the store, so it seems to have been an importer and wholesaler of European and Asian products for U.S. retailers.

Index of store stampsPart of this effort was to import French copper that, to my eye, is clearly Mauviel make. The BonJour stamp is a stylized cockpit bubbling over with the word “bonjour” over the ever-important Made in France statement. This image looks a little janky because I built it by combining photos of stamps from two of my pots. Each stamp was a little messed up but I combined them into one image. I have yet to see an example of a BonJour stamp that is clean and complete!

I don’t know who BonJour’s retail partners were — Frank Brady said in a recent interview that Chuck Williams was one of them, but of course Williams-Sonoma had its own channel to import Mauviel copper. But of course as with all these store stamps, it matters not where the copper was purchased but instead the inherent quality of its manufacture. And in my experience, BonJour-stamped pieces are well-made Mauviel.

The Bridge Company

Bridge Kitchenware and its proprietor, Fred Bridge, were a fixture in the New York culinary scene. While the store closed its doors in 2008, Steven Bridge continues to operate an online store. Copper with a Bridge stamp is top quality Mauviel.

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The Bridge stamp is understated — just the text. According to the company’s history, the firm was called “The Bridge Company” until the 1970s when it changed to “Bridge Kitchenware Corp,” so it’s possible this stamp is from the 1970s prior to the change.

Index of store stampsThis version of the stamp reads “Bridge Kitchenware” and carries a separate “Made in France” stamp. The wording suggests that this version was used after the store’s name change in the 1970s.

(Note the Made in France stamp style. This photo is cropped and it makes the Made in France look bigger than it is, but this is the “Short M narrow” version that correlates with Mauviel.)

Thanks to reader Bryan P. for bringing this example to my attention!

 

Index of store stampsAnd here’s a third version of the stamp — an oval cartouche reading “Bridge Kitchenware.” The wording is post-1970s name change and the style is different from the two above, which leads me to suspect it’s the latest of the three.

Crate and Barrel

This well-known furniture and home goods store needs no introduction, but not many are aware that the company imported Mauviel copper for a period of time. I believe the copper is all from Mauviel.

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Their stamp is a simple oval cartouche along with MADE IN FRANCE.

Chomette Favor

The modern-day Chomette is a restaurant supply store in France, but there was an early kitchenware store founded by Marius François Chomette (1867-1946) at 13 Rue de Halles in Paris. The first listing I can find for this store in Paris is in 1896, listed as a savonnerie des Châtelliers (soap-maker for castellans). By 1914 the store provided fournitures spéciales pour grands hotels et restaurants (special products for large hotels and restaurants) and had expanded to occupy 11bis & 13 Rue de Renard.By 1921 Marius seems to have retired and the store had become Chomette & Huette. Sometime between 1923 and 1925 the store moved to 21 Rue de Renard in the 4th arrondissement, and in 1927 merged with the Favor paper company to form Établissements Chomette-Favor. I believe the company operated a retail storefront for some time, perhaps even into the 1990s, before transforming into a primarily online and catalog-driven restaurant and catering supply and service group.

Index of store stamps

The Chomette Favor stamp is a compass rose. As the “Made in France” declaration is not worked into the logo, there will be a separate MADE IN FRANCE stamp.

I don’t believe Chomette ever made copper, and I suspect they instead sold Mauviel.

Dehillerin

This famous cookware store in Paris manufactured its own copper until World War II. After that, it placed a series of Dehillerin stamps on copper made by others — most commonly Mauviel. Please see my field guide to Dehillerin to see what I’ve learned about this store’s history and copper production.

The Design Store France

I don’t know much about this store, but I know they sold quality copper, including by Mauviel. I gave my aunt two 3mm thick, hammered-finish saucepans with this stamp that are as gorgeous as anything. I wish I knew more about this store — I can’t find anything about it online, and I fear it went out of business prior to the Internet, so there’s not much available. If you know anything I’d love to learn and add information here.

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The store stamp is very simple — three lines of text, “The Design Store France,” with a separate “MADE IN FRANCE” stamp.

Grands Magasins Du Louvre

This beautiful department store in Paris commissioned a line of gorgeous copper cookware from Mauviel during the 1880s to early 1920s. Please see this fantastic guest post from Tom Larham, “Mauviel’s Masterpieces: Copper at the Grands Magasins Du Louvre, Paris” for history and photos of these pans.

Kitchen Bazaar France

There are two possibilities for this: the French chain, or the US chain. The French chain opened in 2000 or so and has stores in the Paris area. In the US, the first Kitchen Bazaar store opened in the Washington DC area in 1964 and expanded to 14 stores. It competed with, and was ultimately felled by, Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel, entering bankruptcy in 1992 and finally closing its doors in 1996.

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This stamp is a simple text treatment with “Kitchen Bazaar France” alongside “Made in France.” I don’t think this is Mauviel — the stamp and handle designs are not consistent. I don’t know at this moment who made this copper but will update when I find out.

Index of store stampsThe store stamp is the same but the second  “Villedieu France” stamp is a different design — my guess is that pot is from a different manufacturer.

Kitchen Glamor

I can’t improve upon this concise history from an article in Crain’s Detroit in 1996, so I’ll just quote it:

Kitchen Glamor was founded by Syd and Gilda Krause in 1950 on Fenkell Avenue in Detroit. It moved to Redford in 1970. Christopher Patsalis went to work for them in 1972, and [his wife] Toula followed to work as a secretary. … They bought the business in 1975 … Kitchen Glamor opened its second store in Great Oaks Mall in Rochester in 1978. It followed with a third store in 1980 in the original Somerset Mall. That store was later moved to West Bloomfield Township. The fourth store opened in Novi Town Center five years later in 1991.” The store imported French copper along with other high-end kitchenware. The store chain closed in 2000 but hung on at least until 2008 as a store-within-a-store at Hawthorne Appliance in Birmingham.

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The store stamp is a simple oval text logo, “Kitchen Glamor Inc. / Detroit / Made in France.” According to TJFRANCE they imported copper from CVD, a line of tin-lined copper made by GAOR in Villedieu.

Lamalle Kitchenware

Charles F. Lamalle, the son of charcutiers in Lons-le-Saunier, came to New York City in 1927 when he was 22 and opened a kitchenware store. He imported Mauviel copper, Sabatier knives, and other French kitchenware goods long before other gourmet kitchen stores opened in the 1960s. The store had two locations over time: the sixth floor of a warehouse on 25th street (variously reported as 36 West 25th Street or 1123 Broadway) and a showroom on the third floor of 225 Fifth Avenue.Mr. Lamalle was a colorful and beloved character. In a charming profile from 1983 of the man and his store, The New York Times said “Mr. Lamalle … is to French copperware what Tiffany & Company is to diamonds” and “[his] specialty is triple-gauge copper pots and skillets with thick bronze handles, some of which weigh as much as a young St. Bernard. Ed Levine wrote in 1997 that “Coming upon [his store] in this neighborhood is like discovering Williams Sonoma had a nutty, eccentric older sister.” He was the inspiration for “Charly Poisson,” the fictional chef detective in his daughter Cecile’s series of culinary mystery books.

The store closed sometime between 1989 and 1991 (sources differ), and Lamalle passed away in March 1992. Chip Fisher bought the store in 1993 (after having tried and failed to buy Bridge Kitchenware after Fred Bridge’s death). Gourmet Retailer wrote in 1994, “After Lamalle died, an attempt was made to transform the shop into a retail outlet but alas, Monsieur Lamalle was the heart and soul of the place and truly represented another, more graceful era.” I can’t find confirmation of exactly when the store closed, but there was a deep sale in June 1997 in preparation for moving to a new location for which, ominously, a lease had not been signed.

Index of store stamps
Courtesy Stephen Whalen.

The Lamalle store stamp is a simple text stamp, “LAMALLE N.Y. CITY.” The store was known for importing Mauviel, so chances are that a Lamalle pot will be a high-quality piece.

Index of store stamps
Courtesy Bryan P.

This version of the stamp is three lines reading “LAMALLE NEW-YORK CITY MADE IN FRANCE.” Reader Bryan P. brought this to my attention and it’s the only example I’ve seen. I don’t know if it’s newer or older than the version above.

Lejeune

This is a kitchenware store outside Paris that operated from 1930 to 1973 in downtown Paris as F. Lejeune, and then from 1973 to the present in Asnières as Établissments Michel Lejeune.

In 1930, Francis Lejeune opened a store at 76 rue Vaneau in the 7th arrondissement of Paris to retin the copper cookware of the restaurants and hotels. The business grew into a kitchenware supply store that also sold copper. In 1973, Michel and Christiane Lejeune moved the firm to Asnières outside of Paris. The firm continues to supply kitchenware to the professional catering and patisserie industry.

As far as I can tell, the company did not make copper cookware, but rather resold copper (I suspect Mauviel) under a Lejeune store stamp. I have seen two Lejeune stamps that can help with establishing the date estimate for a specific piece.

(My thanks to reader Chris N. for helping to find this history.)

F. Lejeune Paris

This is an oval cartouche reading “F. LEJEUNE 76. RUE VANEAU PARIS.” I believe it corresponds to copper produced while the company was still in downtown Paris, prior to 1973.

Michel Lejeune Asnières
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The stamp reads “ets michel lejeune Asnières” with what looks like a steaming pot logo. This would represent copper stamped after the company’s move to Asnières in 1973.

The Villedieu France stamp is identical to the one on Mauviel pots exported for Williams Sonoma, so that — along with the handle design and rivets of this particular pot — leads me to believe this is also Mauviel.

Matfer

The Matfer-Bourgeat of today is the modern incarnation of a series of kitchenware stores (including Mora et Cie.) that claims lineage back to Paris in 1814. I’ve put together a field guide to Matfer that places all these stamps in historical context, but to keep things brief: Matfer did not make copper pots and pans but put its store mark on quality copper from Mauviel and L. Lecellier.

Sur La Table

Sur La Table is a kitchenware store in the US that started business in Seattle, Washington, in 1972. Its founder, Shirley Collins, sold the company in 1995 to the Behnke family, who opened a second store in Berkeley, California. The company was sold in 2011 to Investcorp, a Bahrain-based investment company.They imported French copper that looks like Mauviel to my eye.

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One version of their stamp features the store’s initials, “SLT,” with a separate MADE IN FRANCE stamp. This is an early company logo and points to copper from the 1970s until they changed their logo design.

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This version of the stamp has “Sur La Table” rendered in script in the same font as the company’s logo. I don’t know when the company changed logo designs, but I suspect it may have been around 1995 when the company changed hands and opened a second location. This is just a guess, however!

Verbeelen

This is a restaurant and hotel supply wholesaler in Antwerp, Belgium, founded in 1947 by Henri Verbeelen. The company continues to operate to this day.

Index of store stamps
Courtesy Stephen Whalen.

The stamp is an oval cartouche with the words “HERVERBEELEN ANTWERPEN.” The design is very similar to one of Mauviel’s own oval cartouche stamp and those it used on its pieces stamped for Crate and Barrel and Dehillerin, leading me to suspect strongly that Verbeelen also sourced copper from Mauviel. (This is also the Made in France stamp associated with Mauviel.)

Williams Sonoma

The majority of Mauviel copper pots and pans imported to the U.S. starting in the 1960s were sold by Williams-Sonoma. The stamp is a simple text logo, “Williams Sonoma France.” There are two versions that have a subtle typography difference — I don’t yet know what the significance is between them.

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This version is slightly more spaced out than the other.

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In this version, the letters are more closely spaced.

As always, I’d be grateful if you can point me to additional stores and photos of their stamps so I can add them.

Notes and corrections

Thanks to Stephen Whalen and Jesse Livermore for pointing me to Lamalle Kitchenware!

25 Comments

  1. Hello, this stamp from the Lamalle kitchenware store in New York City is on a 28cm tin-lined copper saute I bought on ebay. I am listing 3 links to my photobucket album as i am not sure which, if any, will work. I have been using copper cookware for 20 years but it wasn’t until I started looking at postings on Chowhound and on your very interesting blog that I took an interest in collecting pieces for display. The only “large size” piece I had in my original set of copper pans is a 32cm stewpan I purchased online from Dehillerin which I recently had re-tinned by East Coast Tinning.

    Regards,
    Steve Whalen

    (Steve, I messed around a bit to figure out how to get the photos to show up inline, and ended up bringing them over — Photobucket was being fussy. I kept your original links below. -VFC)

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  2. Here’s a paragraph written in Gourmet Retailer in 1994 about the most influential people in the culinary industry.

    “Long before there was Sur La Table or Dean & DeLuca or even Williams-Sonoma, there was a small, beret-wearing Frenchman who was selling French copper cookware, tools, and bakeware to the greatest chefs in New York and to anyone who came into his shop. Charles Lamalle was an elegant man who had a very nondescript shop upstairs in a warehouse building on Broadway. You walked in to face a counter and whatever you wanted was fetched by a sales assistant from the labyrinth of dusty wooden shelves in the back. He was the first to import Mauviel copper, black steel pans and tart forms, Sabatier cutlery, and Opinel knives. He sold to many of the most prominent kitchenware retailers until they began to import on their own. After Lamalle died, an attempt was made to transform the shop into a retail outlet but alas, Monsieur Lamalle was the heart and soul of the place and truly represented another, more graceful era.”

    1. Oh he sounds delightful! And what a great description — I can just picture him and his shop. It was a little bittersweet to research this post because I learned about all these people who are gone now. Thanks for such an evocative comment!

  3. Thank you! Added! Wish I could find out more about this store. They seem fairly old-school — no website of their own at all.

    1. Thanks Fidelma! For some reason I can’t get the website to load, though I can see that it exists. I’ve added the URL to the store’s listing above. Thank you!

  4. Hi VFC, I have a very interesting stamp from Blaser which was a shop in Paris. The stamp is located on the cover of an awesome 40cm Jacquotot saute pan with its matching lid that I purchased. I was curious about the stamp so I e-mailed the very knowledgeable TJ France to see if he could shed some light on it. TJ France kindly replied:

    “Regarding your pot Jacquotot, it’s amazing that the two stamps are mixed.
    Jacquotot was a reseller manufacturer.
    While Blaser was most certainly only a reseller.
    So there would have been no problem having the 2 stamps separated on this pot. It does not matter.
    Blaser was a kitchen equipment supplier who was at 59 and 61 rue de Montmartre in Paris.
    From the 1920s to the early 1970s, Blaser provided equipment for canteens, hotels, schools, restaurants, etc.

    There is very little information about them and it is quite rare to find material with their stamping.”

    https://s1053.photobucket.com/user/swhalen10/media/Copper%20Jacquotot%20Saute%2040cm-8_zpszad8ftuf.jpg.html

    1. Thank you Stephen! I’ve added it. Looks like quite a rare stamp indeed — and that 40cm Jacquotot must be a beauty!

  5. I actually have a question for you. I have numerous pieces from William Sonoma (handed down) but they are SO tarnished. Any suggestions on what the best product is to bring back its beautiful copper color.

      1. Hey Cathy! My favorite tarnish remover is Bistro, but it’s more expensive than other brands and I have to order it online. As Jesse suggests, Wright’s Copper Cream is usually much easier to find — I’ve seen it in grocery stores. You can also try the home remedy of salt, lemon, and ketchup, though it’s not as effective against well-established tarnish. I have other suggestions in the “Cleaning vintage copper” section of my Advice page: https://www.vintagefrenchcopper.com/advice/
        I’m sure you’ll be thrilled with your W-S pieces when you get them cleaned up!

    1. This is what we do. Firstly, we give them a good clean in soapy water and remove all burnt on residue, a good soak overnight in a mild detergent is good for stubborn marks (never use an abrasive, salt or lemon) then vigoously polish with a copper cleaner bought from a hardware store. A good tip is to take off the copper cleaner when it is still slightly damp then buff to a shine – it requires much less elbow grease and you get much less residue in the creases. When you have used them in an everyday setting, wash in soapy water and then buff again with a clean, dry tea towel.There are many ways of keeping your pans like you want them to be – some don’t polish at all as they like a copper penny colour, others want the French Hotel Kitchen look, a high shine and not a mark on them – we polish our pans a few times a year and love the look when they are just done but not the hard work!

  6. Hi all,
    I recently inherited a set of copper sauce pans from my mother. She picked them up when she was living in Nice France during the late 50 early 60s. I am having a hard time finding anything on the maker. there is a double sail stamp on each and it reads Renaud & J. Clermont Geneve. Does anyone have any info on this maker or suggestions where to learn more?
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Sara! I took a look around and I believe Renaud & J. Clermont specialized in silver plate (and they did beautiful work!). It’s possible they did silver-plating work for the French makers and also offered a few of the same pieces under their own name. Could your mother’s pieces be silver-lined? If you’d like to email me some photos I can take a look — my email is vfc at vintagefrenchcopper dot com. Thank you!

  7. Change of ownership at SIMON:
    The A. Simon Paris business was taken over by G. Detou, a neighboring specialty shop for culinary groceries (a small department specializes in Opinel knives), and has since officially been named G. Detou / A. Simon, 48 & 52 rue Montmartre, 75002 PARIS. Since Google continues to show a store for kitchenware called A. Simon, obviously not all company signs have been replaced, which is quite common practice.

    https://www.procedurecollective.fr/fr/liquidation-judiciaire/835124/a-simon-s-a.aspx
    https://www.opinel.com/en/store/g-detou/simon
    https://www.yelp.com/biz/a-simon-paris

  8. We have 1 lid and 2 pans marked A. Perennez and then the mark for Villedeau. We haven’t found anything on Perennez, figure they must have been a seller at one point? Appreciate all the work you’ve put in, this is a very informative site and hoping you can shed some light on this mark.
    Thank- you
    Amy and Rosalie Hamilton

    1. Hey Amy and Rosalie! You’re right — Aime Francois Marie Perennez had a store in Villedieu at 14 rue du General de Gaulle from about 1957 to 1989. I don’t know much about it unfortunately, but I did see some postcards on auction sites with a photo of the front window. It looks like it was a great village copper store just jam-packed with pieces. At the moment that property is a restaurant and hotel.

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