food advocates, and home cooks who simply
love the character of the pans.
Some people inherit copper cookware
and lack the interest or the space to keep
it. Such was the case recently when a customer asked if Hamann could find a home
for his aunt’s collection of 15 old French copper pans. Hamann removed their old linings,
relined them with fresh tin, and polished them
to a brilliant luster. He posted them for sale,
along with other copper pans in various stages
of “retirement,” on his website, where vintage pieces fetch prices from $100 to $1,500,
depending on size, quality, and provenance.
Hamann added manufacturing to his
retinning operation when he started producing a new line of copper pots and pans
under the reregistered trademark D.H.&M.
Co., a.k.a. Duparquet, Huot & Moneuse
Co., which made cast-iron ranges and copper
cookware between 1870 and 1930. The line
after the new tin is applied, the pans are polished
and then washed. The tags are part of Hamann’s
inventory system and track to whom the pan
belongs, how many parts are in the order, and the
date they arrived.