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Cookware

Inherited French Copper

caviar_and_chitlins | Sep 10, 201512:02 PM     19

Hi,

I have a relative that was a chef in France. He had his Grande Diplome from the Cordon Bleu, the whole deal. He returned to the US and retired to coastal S. Carolina to play golf and fish.

He died late last year, and all of his beautiful, and extremely heavy copper cookware is now mine. Years ago he gave me a couple of pieces, one large saucepan with straight sides, and a medium one with sloping sides. I can't even lift most of the pieces- they have been hanging on his wall for years. Stock pots, braisers, huge skillets... I don't have a picture right now, but there are easily 20+ pieces. They are still in SC, I am not, but I'm looking to head down there in January or February to retrieve them.

My question- what should I do with this? Keep it intact and try to sell as a group? Clean it first, or leave as is- it's pretty dusty, as I imagine he hasn't used the large pieces for years.

I know it's hard to answer without pics or maker marks, but I'm looking for some general advice about a strategy. I'll see if I can't find the pieces I do have (they are in storage, but it's well organized) if that would help. He told me that he had them made for him, he didn't buy them from a shop.

Thanks for any advice, and I'll try and get pics of the ones I do have.

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