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Retro Cast-Iron Pan – SOLD

6 Feb

Retro Belgian cast-iron pan

Retro Belgian cast-iron pan

I can’t tell you how much I love this retro cast-iron Descoware pan! Aside from the fact that it’s a top quality piece of cookware – Descoware were bought out by Le Creuset, who took over their signature ‘flame’ pattern that they’re now so famous for – it also has the most fantastic design on it! The bottom of the pan is simply stamped ‘FE Belgium’, but the design is signed, ‘Markley’, for Robert Markley who produced the design for Descoware in the 1960s. I haven’t found much information on Robert Markley, but I did read a fantastic series of comments between his granddaughter and a collector of Descoware. She said that hew grandad wasn’t actually an artist (you could have fooled me!), but he loved to paint and do chalk drawings. Fascinating!

An excellent quality pan with one of the coolest designs I’ve seen!

Note: There is some wear to the enamel coating on the inside of the pan (see pics under ‘more’).

Dimensions: 26cm in diameter x 5.5cm deep (52cm long incl. handle)

Price: R290

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Pair of Belgian Cast-Iron Pans – SOLD

26 Jan

Belgian cast-iron pans

Belgian cast-iron pans

This is a really great quality pair of cast-iron pans! The base of the pans are marked ‘Belgium’, along with the letters ‘FE’ (chemical symbol for iron). There’s no maker’s mark per se, but looking at the style and quality of the pans, I’d guess that these pans are from Descoware, a Belgian company who were bought out by Le Creuset in the 1960s. The pans have some light scratches to the white enamel on the inside of the pans, and it looks like one of the handles has been slightly burned at some point, but on the whole the pans are in excellent condition.

An attractive and top quality pair that are well worth the money (especially when you look at the prices of new Le Creuset pans!).

Dimensions: Large pan – 28.5cm in diameter x 6cm deep (excl. lid) x 50cm long (incl. handle); Medium pan – 24.5cm in diameter x 5cm deep (excl. lid) x 47cm long (incl. handle)

Prices: Large pan – R490; Medium pan- R420

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Small Cast-Iron Frying Pan – SOLD

19 Nov

Belgium cast-iron frying pan

Belgium cast-iron frying pan

Now I know that this cast-iron frying pan’s a little worse for wear, but it’s a great quality pan and still has plenty of life left in it! Plus we’ve given it a seriously good scrub so even though it may look a bit grubby, it’s clean enough to eat off! The bottom of the pan is stamped FE (symbol for iron) Belgium, which as far as I know is one of the stamps that was used by Descoware. Descoware were bought out by Le Creuset in the 1970s, and are responsible for the great flame design that Le Creuset is so famous for. Julia Child was a big fan of the cookware, and featured it regularly on her cooking show during the 1960s – she supposedly turned her nose up at Le Creuset, believing Descoware to be the superior product (take that Le Creuset!).

Note: There is an odd screw that attaches the handle to the pan. It seems to be completely stable, but I don’t think that it’s original.

Dimensions: 20cm in diameter x 4.5cm deep; 40cm long (incl. handle)

Price: R210

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Le Creuset Heritage Skillet – SOLD

8 Oct

Le Creuset Heritage skillet

Le Creuset Heritage skillet

It may seem like a lot to pay for a frying pan, but given that this Le Creuset Heritage skillet sells for around R1300 new, it’s actually a bit of a bargain! And it practically is new! I really can’t see any real signs of use – perhaps the person who bought it is a little like me, mildly retarded in the kitchen, and never actually got round to using it! Whatever the reason, I’m very grateful that it is so clean – it makes for a really nice change!

Dimensions: 25cm in diameter x 4.5cm deep; 53cm long (incl. handle)

Price: R580

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Le Creuset Coquelle Oven Dish – SOLD

30 Jun

Le Creuset Coquelle oven dish

Le Creuset Coquelle oven dish

Designed in 1958 by celebrated Frenchman, Raymony Loewy, the Coquelle oven dish is probably my very favourite of all the Le Creuset designs, and not surprisingly one of the hardest to find! Loewy was a French-born American industrial designer, who created some of the world’s most iconic brands, including the Shell and Lucky Strike logos. Nicknamed, ‘The Man Who Shaped America’, Loewy was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1949 as ‘the father of industrial design’.

This is one of the smaller Coquelle pots that I’ve come across, but I see them so rarely that I jumped at the chance to buy it! The yellow enamel has quite a lot of fine scratches, and the underside of the lid is stained from years of use, but it’s still relatively clean – definitely clean enough to use – and promises to deliver a superior cooking experience!

Note: Le Creuset have recently release a limited edition set of Coquelle pots, starting at 195 quid (that’s R3500!).

Dimensions: 29cm long x19cm wide x 13cm tall (with lid on)

Price: R390

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Small Le Creuset Saucepan – SOLD

15 Apr

Small Le Creuset saucepan

Small Le Creuset saucepan

Le Creuset is one cookware brand that could definitely teach the rest of the industry a thing or too – few names are as synonymous with quality as this famous French name. And it doesn’t seem to matter how old a piece of Le Creuset cookware is – in fact I often prefer some of their vintage designs to their modern shapes – they last for so many years that they tend to hold their value really well. This small enamel saucepan is a little worse for wear with a hairline crack along the base (I’ve tested it and it doesn’t leak one bit!), and the varnish on the handle is quite worn, but it’s still very handsome and even with the wear and tear I’m certain that it’s better quality than a lot of pots you can buy for the same price.

A classic piece of cookware that would make a great addition to your collection of pots and pans.

Dimensions: 14cm in diameter x 11cm high (with lid on)

Price: R240

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