Antique American large copper sauce pan with original cover from the 1850 to 1890 period. Both parts are stamped E.M. along with a NY address (as the maker or distributor) with the pan marked on the side and the cover stamped on top (see all photos). The pan has a diameter of 8 1/4 inches and stands 5 1/2 inches tall with a cast iron handle riveted to the pan that extends another 8 1/2 inches beyond the body of the pan (total length of pan plus handle is 16 3/4 inches). The cover has a diameter of 8 3/4 inches. Consequently, this is comparatively large and heavy pan that weighs just over 7 lbs when empty but with the cover in place.
The construction of this pan is particularly noteworthy. The pan’s body is cast copper made from a single casting taken from a mold and then lathe turned and buffed to finish its surface and remove most casting pits and imperfections. However, under the E.M. initials and address on the side of the pan, the casting imperfections are still very recognizable. The cover is also cast and varies in thickness from 1/16 inches thin along its outer edge up to about 1/8 inch thick near the center of the cover. Small casting pits are still noticeable on the outside top of the cover along the angled portion where a casting furrow creates the outer edge and lip. The inside or interior surface of the cover has very fine ghost like turning ridges that are still evident in reflected light and were created when the coppersmith used a lathe to remove casting defects and smooth the interior surface of the lid.
The handles on both the lid and pan are cast iron and these also show pits left behind by casting methods. Of further interest to some copper collectors is the fact that the large rivets used to attach the large iron handle to the back of the pan have initials stamped into them with a J on the top of the left rivet and W on top of the right rivet. This either represents the initials of the riveter or maker of the pan if E.M. was the distributor or it is the initials for the repairer who replaced the original rivets. If any viewer know who the E.M. (128 South 5th Ave. N.Y.) or J.W. may refer to from the 1850 to 1890 period, please kindly drop me an email – thanks.
As just noted, the age of this cast copper pan dates between about 1850 and 1890 based on its method of construction (hence a c1870 mid-date). It is an American made copper pan with an original cover. It is in very good shape with no holes, major dents and just a few small dings here and there (see all photos). The interior tinned coating is only about 10% preserved on the pan and has been all but removed from the inside of the cover by use over many decades (see photos). The handles are firmly attached to each part and the rivets are in perfect condition. The inside bottom of the pan exhibits some scale-like deposits that may be artificially covered with copper spray paint (may clean up with the right solvent). Cooking in the pan is not recommended until it was professionally cleaned. However, as a kitchen accent, the pan projects a wonderful ambiance and retains an exterior glean that is both authentic and old to the eye. A wonderful antique American covered pan that is typically offered at two or more times the price listed. And as always, this lidded pan also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
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