Huge Vintage French Hammered Copper Stockpot - 26 1/2 qts.


This is a vintage, French-made, hammered copper stockpot – with lid -- in one of the very largest sizes produced in the modern era. It stands 12 3/4” high, is 12 ½” in diameter, and holds 26 ½” quarts. The copper walls are 2 mm. thick. It is stamped “Made in France” on the side near the riveted brass handles. It weighs 24 pounds. There are no dents nor dings on the stockpot; the lid has one small almost negligible bend on the lip. The stockpot sits perfectly flat. I have not polished it; it still has its even patina.

The name of the U.S. importer, Bridge Cookware, originally headquartered in New York City, is also stamped on the side. That company changed its name to “Bridge Kitchenware” in the early ‘70s, so the stockpot is at least 40 years old. It is tin-lined but needs to be re-tinned. There is no manufacturer stamp, but I’d bet the maker is Mauviel, which is one of the few companies that produced this size stock pot – and which, until recent times, did not stamp its brand name.

This is the largest of three stockpots (see photo) that apparently came out of a French restaurant, probably in New York, that closed after many years. The other two, one 11” high with an 18 qt. capacity, and one 9 ½” high with a 11 ¾-qt. capacity, have been sold.

The retail price of a new stockpot and lid in this hard-to-find size (in this country, my online research indicates that only Williams-Sonoma offers this size. It is a Mauviel and has the exact same dimensions. Its price tag is $1,350.

Since we realize re-tinning may cost a hundred dollars or more – plus sizeable shipping back and forth – we’re offering this -- as is-- at $450. We have the name and address of a reputable re-tinning firm.

NOTE: Because of the probable high shipping costs – 24 pounds plus packing -- a potential pick-it-up customer in the greater Washington D.C.- Baltimore area could benefit. But this sale is open to all.

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