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Need help with copper pan I found

Eiron | Nov 28, 201109:23 AM

Knowledgeable copper fans:

I found a frying pan but have no idea if it’s something worth keeping. It’s tin-lined, with 1.7mm thick walls & the traditional up-swept cast iron handle riveted to it. There are no manufacturer’s markings that I can see anywhere on the pan or handle. There is a barcoded sticker wrapped around the handle, but there’s no manufacturer name there, either. I paid $53 for it.

It’s in relatively good shape & is only a little banged-up from mis-handling in the store. I’m not concerned about the general scuffing to the copper or the tin, but two things do worry me. I’ve included pictures to try & show my areas of concern.

1) The tin is scratched pretty severely near the rivets. Are there any health concerns or pan wear/durability concerns with this?

2) The pan is deformed in two ways around the handle. The side is indented into the pan where the handle is fastened. Also, the rim of the pan is slightly deformed above the handle. (The hang-eye at the end of the handle has a significant dent, so I’m guessing the whack that caused the handle dent also drove the handle into the pan wall.)

Is there a way to safely reshape the pan? Maybe blocking with wood & gently hammering the wood to smooth things back into shape? Obviously, I don’t want to either damage the tin lining or (more importantly) the copper itself. And will using the pan (repeated heating & cooling) eventually make the relatively soft copper any more resistant to deforming?

Thanks for any help!

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