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I just wanted to bump this thread back to life since it has been a while and I suspect that other folks have made some improvements in your cookware collections and maybe even found some more references.
My current "kick" is tinned copper and I have had some luck finding a lot of pewter.
I found this bit on-line yesterday:
Are you having copper pieces tinned, or are you finding them already finished this way? I have a couple of pieces I've picked up that I would like retinned.
The link does not seem to want to open all the way for me(?)
Apparently there are three levels of tinning quality: best- thickly applied with visible brush strokes, good - thin hot applied tin, bad - very thin electroplated tin. So far I have found copper items that run from very well tinned to needing retinning. There are various online how to sites for retinning yourself and a lot of retinning services that seem just a wee bit pricey. (I do not know enough yet to recommend any of them.)
Even with tinning it does not seem to be a good idea to let food cool in a copper pan and certainly not an unlined copper or bronze pan. I am supposed to use a wooden spoon so as not to scratch the tin. I cannot let the copper pans get over 450F of the tin can melt off. I never had to worry about the safety of cast iron like this. On top of this I have run into at least one source that claims that copper was not used (at least in England) for cooking pots until the 17th century but I see at least one Landsknecht camp picture that shows a long handled skillet with a dark outside and white inside. While it is sometimes hard to see just what a wood cut artist is trying to show us that looks like my new/old long handled tinned copper Turkish skillet.
At only $24.95 for a very usable 14 quart cast iron cauldron this looks really good but the $155.+ shipping to Juneau will keep me from buying one. Even if cast iron is questionable before 1607 this would still dress up many camps.
Hmmmm.... About $25 to ship to me. You going to Pennsic this year? We could possibly work something out. I'd like to get one of these as well. Do they combine ship?