VINTAGE GOURMET LONG HANDLED COPPER ESCARGOT PAN
(full item description/condition info can be found below story)
Baltimore food blogger and avid foodie Brett Slymoff found himself sliding down a slippery slope. He had become obsessed with escargot and couldn’t get enough of it. Thus he found himself on an ardent quest to find the perfect escargot pan. He traveled to Paris and spent two weeks searching second hand stores for a pan with just the right amount of patina. Finally, he came across an old long copper pan with a long wrought iron handle and the shop proprietor assured him that it was once owned by a famous French chef. Bret brought the pan home and spent several weeks perfecting escargot and then spent six months writing about it on his blog, that is until he began to lose subscribers and his click-through advertising revenue became sluggish. Apparently his readers did not share his affinity for escargot. Though he wished they would come out their shells and realize the tasty splendor that the snails provided, Brett realized not everyone shared his affinity for the delicacy. He reluctantly returned to posting about sushi, ancient grain breads and cooking heirloom vegetables.
Here's a unique piece of foodie history--a rustic escargot pan made solid copper with a long wrought iron handle--probably designed for cooking over an open flame. It measures 18.75" long with a 9.5" diameter X 2.75" deep pan with seven (7) indents for cooking escargot or could also be used for poaching eggs. The end of the handle has hook for hanging. We are not certain of the age of this pan but think it is pre-World War II. No manufacturer marks were found. It looks like it still could be used but it has a great aged patina and would look great hanging in a French farmhouse decorated kitchen.
As mentioned this pan has a nice patina from years of use. It has a few small dings and scratches but is still a sturdy piece. The exterior copper looks like it has been recently polished but still has some tarnish in spots. The interior remains tarnished.
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