Jump to content


Welcome to the eG Forums!

These forums are a service of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts. Anyone can read the forums, however if you would like to participate in active discussions please join the Society.

Photo

Vintage Copper Pans - How Can I Tell if It's Lined with Tin?


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 rane008

rane008
  • participating member
  • 16 posts

Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:49 AM

Title says it all, really. I'm looking at a set of pots on my local CL and wondering if they are tin-lined or SS. Attached is a picture of them.

Attached Images

  • fivepots.jpg


#2 andiesenji

andiesenji
  • society donor
  • 9,301 posts
  • Location:Southern California

Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

Looks like tin to me. I have a bunch of the old tin-lined and they look exactly the same.
The SS lined ones are much shinier.
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett
My blog:Books,Cooks,Gadgets&Gardening

#3 rane008

rane008
  • participating member
  • 16 posts

Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for the insight. Was thinking they were tin. Still want them (the set is $150), but I want to have more flexibility with the cooking temp, as well as no need to resurface.

#4 rotuts

rotuts
  • participating member
  • 5,412 posts
  • Location:Boston MA

Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:30 PM

another way to tell: is the lining smooth? looking at the edge at the top, how thick is the lining?

tin is never as smooth as nickel or SS

look near the handles on the outside: there might be a stamp on who made them probably in France.

sorry missed that its a pic and not something you can actually see. maybe the owner will tell you?

Edited by rotuts, 30 August 2012 - 01:32 PM.


#5 judiu

judiu
  • participating member
  • 2,245 posts
  • Location:South Florida

Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:39 PM

Stainless steel is magnetic, nickel and tin are not.... :cool: just a thought...
"Commit random acts of senseless kindness"

#6 Keith_W

Keith_W
  • participating member
  • 578 posts
  • Location:Melbourne

Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:38 PM

I came across a set of tin lined copper cookware at a jumble sale last weekend. I did not buy because it looked as if the tin had worn down to the copper in a few places. Can you still find shops that will re-tin the cookware for you?
There is no love more sincere than the love of food - George Bernard Shaw

#7 DerekW

DerekW
  • society donor
  • 265 posts
  • Location:British Columbia, Canada

Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:27 PM

Stainless steel is magnetic, nickel and tin are not.... :cool: just a thought...

Many varieties of 'stainless' are not magnetic. For example, the lining steel used in Falk copper cookware is not magnetic.

I came across a set of tin lined copper cookware at a jumble sale last weekend. I did not buy because it looked as if the tin had worn down to the copper in a few places. Can you still find shops that will re-tin the cookware for you?

Yes. Google is probably your friend there. For example. http://www.retinning.com/

Title says it all, really. I'm looking at a set of pots on my local CL and wondering if they are tin-lined or SS. Attached is a picture of them.

Hard to tell from the picture ['though they look tinned to me]. They may also be aluminum with a thin copper outer layer; I've seen 'faux copper' cookware made that way, too.

#8 weinoo

weinoo
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 6,443 posts
  • Location:NYC

Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:18 AM

They look tinned and the tin looks like it's in pretty good shape. They kinda look like older Mauviels. $150 would be a great deal.

There are a few places that do retinning:

East Coast Retinning

Metal Man Restoration

Rocky Mountain Retinning

Atlantic Retinning

and so on.
Mitch Weinstein aka "weinoo"
mweinstein@eGstaff.org
Tasty Travails - My Blog
My eGullet FoodBog - A Tale of Two Boroughs
Was it you baby...or just a Brilliant Disguise?

#9 andiesenji

andiesenji
  • society donor
  • 9,301 posts
  • Location:Southern California

Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

As long as you use wooden spoons or silicone utensils, the tin will last a long time. Don't let anyone else use them and do NOT put them in the dishwasher.
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett
My blog:Books,Cooks,Gadgets&Gardening

#10 Shel_B

Shel_B
  • participating member
  • 2,531 posts
  • Location:San Francisco Bay Area

Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:08 PM

Stainless steel is magnetic, nickel and tin are not.... :cool: just a thought...

 

Not all stainless steel is magnetic. Found that out just a few months ago.


.... Shel


#11 paulraphael

paulraphael
  • participating member
  • 3,006 posts

Posted 19 May 2014 - 07:05 AM

The 18-10 stainless used in laminated copper pans is not magnetic.

 

I'd assume those pans are lined with tin. The only caveat is that I once saw an ad for copper pans lined with nickel.



#12 dcarch

dcarch
  • participating member
  • 2,371 posts

Posted 19 May 2014 - 07:30 AM

BTW,

 

Nickel is magnetic.

 

Nickel magnets (Alnico permanent magnets) are used in many earphones and loudspeaker voice coils, and in some DC motors.

 

dcarch



#13 boilsover

boilsover
  • participating member
  • 76 posts

Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:48 AM

Hi, rane:

 

  This may be a rare instance of me disagreeing with Andie.  Based on what I see on my small laptop screen, I think these linings are probably stainless.

 

  I say this because the linings' reflections indicate to me that they've been wire-brushed by the maker.  If you see concentric rings of fine scratches and light reflects from a lining like twin beams from a lighthouse, you're either looking at copper-SS bimetal, or copper-plated aluminum.  In the latter case, the pans would feel absurdly light.

 

  New hand-wiped tin tends to look somewhat irregular and sworl-ey.  Electroplated tin (a la Baumalu) tends to show a brighter, smoother, more mirror-like finish. 

 

  A more complicated issue is distinguishing electroplated nickel and silver from tin linings.