Dating revere ware pots
Bakelite – the first heat resistant plastic (introduced by Revere in the late 1920’s) and Stainless Steel (first used for commercial cookware by the Polar Ware Company in 1927) would become central to the development of modern cookware.
Initially however, they were difficult to adapt to the manufacturing methods of the time.
Mc Creery’s initiative (although an embarrassing failure) was respected – he remained at Revere for the rest of his life, eventually becoming Vice President of Manufacturing at the Revere’s Riverside plant in 1952.
The chrome failure resulted in new management being sent to the Rome plant, with the directive to “Make something useful! Starting from a clean slate, priority was given to changes that would be of genuine benefit to the user, rather than merely cosmetic.
The relative importance of each company could be judged by their prominence in the hallmark stamped on the products: at first Revere & son was virtually an afterthought.
Essentially, Revere’s cookware lines relied on the existing tin lined copper cooking surface and old fashioned wooden handles through the 1930’s, during which all reference to Rome Manufacturing was dropped from the hallmark.
In 1932, Chester Mc Creery (an ex-Rome Manufacturing salesman) suggested that substituting chrome for the the tin lining then used in Revere’s copper cookware would improve it’s durability – this production change was made before testing could be completed, and users quickly found that under certain conditions (frying potatoes together with salt) caused the bond between the copper and chrome to fail and the chrome flaked off!
By 1900, Revere & Son had merged with the Taunton-New Bedford Copper Company, located in New-Bedford, Massachusetts.
Rome Manufacturing was established in 1892 as a division of Rome Brass & Copper with manufacturing facilities in Rome, NY.
Revere Ware was not a without it’s problems – The Bakelite handles quickly showed themselves as a weak point – they cracked and fell apart due to excessive flexing of the metal spine and overly brittle Bakelite castings.