Descoware Saucepan with Lid w/ Inside Labels - Unused


Here’s a remarkable find – an UNUSED, vintage Descoware enameled cast iron 1½ quart saucepan with lid and integral handle -- with its original inside labels intact. It’s enameled in Descoware’s famous “flame” color, gradient orange to red. It is the sister pan to the unused Descoware Dutch oven I have just listed (and sold). It is 6 5/8" wide and 2 7/8" deep. What’s nice about this pan is that it also features the round integral handle that allows it to go into the oven as well as serve as a stove pot pan.

Descoware enamelware in its era was considered the best in the world for quality and durability (and snazzy colors), and was the signature cookware of many European and U.S. chefs and cooking teachers -- including Julia Child, who featured it regularly on her Boston TV shows during the ‘60s.

Eventually, in the late ‘70s, due to marketing inroads, the French firm of Le Creuset purchased Descoware and appropriated the famous “flame” color, which is still popular a half-century later.

Amazingly, this piece, which weighs 3 3/4 pounds without packaging, still has some of its original labels indicating the Audenarde (Oudenaarde) Belgium foundry on the base of its cream-colored interior. It is also marked “Made in Belgium” in a circle on the underside, with the 16 inside (the number corresponds to 1.3 liters or 1.5 quarts). As often the case, apparently the exposed Descoware paper label adhesive attached to the outside of the piece has dried and fallen off over time. (As there were no other enamelware manufacturers in Audenbade, I have to conclude this is Descoware).

I would guesstimate this saucepan dates back to the ‘60s. Condition: As New.

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