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Mauviel Copper

As many of our existing customers may know, we have been importing Mauviel copperware since the early 1970s. Because we import the goods ourselves we are able to offer the products to you at reasonable prices. We have a substantial range of the Mauviel heavy duty stovetop work pans which are favoured by professional cooks the world over. In our latest shipment we received a good cross-section of products including copper egg white bowls, braising pans, saucepans and lids, sugar and jam pans, plus of course the wonderful frypans and sauteuses.

A selection of our copper egg white bowls.

Copper Braising Pans

                  SC127   24cm                                                           SC128   28cm

Copper Saucepans

     SC403-20cm                 SC402-18cm           SC401-16cm         SC400-14cm

Copper Sugar pans

        SC496-20cm              SC495-16cm               SC494-14cm            SC493-12cm

Copper Jam Pan

                                                                  SC411  40cm

Please call to find out what we have available and prices. Please quote the product code that is attached to the image.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY ABOUT COPPER.

The Mauviel factory is in Villedieu-les-Poêles in Normandy, north-western France, where working with copper began in the 14th century using techniques learned from Arabian artisans. Until relatively recently, coppersmithing required that the copper sheeting be annealed, softened so it could be shaped, then once formed, hardened by hammering. Villedieu’s inhabitants are known as sourdins from the French sourd meaning deaf, as many of the people involved in the manufacturing of copper pans would lose their hearing due to the din caused by the repeated hammering of the metal.

Some examples of our hand beaten copper….

This process has largely given way to more modern techniques, but the nickname remains. We were told years ago that the workers preferred to endure that noise rather than suffer the loneliness of working in a sound-proof booth. Sounds like a bit of management justification! Now modern presses and hydraulic mandrels do all the hard work, but the salmon & turbot kettles and braising pans are still hand formed before being hand wiped with pure tin. It is truly amazing to watch this magical wiping process. The tin lining can eventually wear off, and the pan must then be retinned.

Most copper work pans today have a stainless steel lining and are therefore very hard wearing. Interestingly, this heavy duty copper/stainless steel laminate only became available after being developed for the manufacture of power station switchgear.

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