Why Vintage Farberware Is Collectible Cookware

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Vintage Farberware – the old stuff – is a solid vintage cookware bargain. While not as well known as vintage Revere Ware, it has definite collecting and cooking merit.

Vintage Farberware History

The Farberware brand has been around since the turn of last century. The company was first known for giftware and then moved into small appliances.

In the 1950s Farberware became one of the great American cookware brands riding the post-WWII prosperity wave. The result was the high quality, made in USA, vintage kitchen cookware of the type now prized by collectors.

Farberware’s  Bronx manufacturing plant was closed in 1996 and the Farberware name licensed to a company that manufactures a wide variety of products overseas.

vintage Farberware skillet

Five reasons to snap up that old vintage Farberware

1. Even heating

Vintage cookware made by Farberware has an aluminum base that distributes heat evenly across the bottom of the pan. This minimizes hot spots whether you are searing steaks or simmering sauces.

2. Heavy duty build

Solid construction was a given on vintage Farberware cookware. In almost all of the vintage pieces I have seen, the handles are still tight and the bottoms of those Farberware pans are still flat.

3. Bargain price for the quality

As of this writing vintage Farberware pans present a relative bargain compared to modern and vintage kitchen cookware of similar quality. If vintage Farberware was a stock, it would would have a “buy” rating.

vintage farberware pot lid

4. Practical handles and knobs

While I am a fan of many types of vintage cookware, I personally find the high knobs on vintage Farberware knobs easy to grip, even with a thick potholder. I am also fond of the practical double handle design on the extra large skillet and the metal hooks at the end of long handles that enable wall storage ala Julia Child.

5. Stainless steel construction

With the exception of the aluminum base, vintage Farberware pans are made of easy clean stainless steel. Always a plus.

So enjoy cooking up a storm in some “new” vintage Farberware pans. Just like vintage Revere Ware, Descoware and others, this vintage cookware can be a solid addition to your vintage kitchen collection. And right now it’s a relative bargain.

    120 Responses

  1. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Kerry,

    Glad you like (now) vintage Faberware. It really is good stuff!

  2. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Welcome Mary! So glad you have the American-made, real deal, vintage steel.

  3. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Thanks for visiting Barb! It is appreciated!

  4. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Sally. Thanks so much for the detailed comment! As a vintage dealer I definitely agree about the quality of the old stuff. Vintage items work well, look great, and keeping them in service is good for the planet.

  5. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Tah dah! Already answered that one. Google can get upset if you repeat content on your website so if you scroll down to the comment dated Oct 5 2015 you will see my response. Thanks for visiting.

  6. What do the two letters mean stamped on the top of the insignia on the bottom? I have had my Faberware since 1959 and every piece I have is still in wonderful condition.

  7. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Frances,

    They were production codes that were assigned at random. With the factory closed down there is no longer any master list for the codes to have any value.

  8. Barbara says:

    Wow! I had no idea that my old set is now considered “vintage”. I received mine from my grandmother 44 years ago as Christmas presents for stow away as hope chest items. haha! I’m still hoping, but still have my set. I was looking to buy a new set of what is considered nowadays as safe cookware that is lead-free, cadmium-free, PFOA free, etc – free. Are these sets all that? If so, I had no idea I’ve been cooking with one of the best sets for years. Thank you all! This has been so much fun to read!

  9. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Farberware is stainless cookware with an aluminum disc fused to the outside bottom of the pan for more even heating.

    On a personal basis I don’t use coated cookware whether it’s the older or the newer formulations. Cooking in something that can peel off in my food just doesn’t seem right to me. Heating plastic is something I try to avoid too.

    Cooking different types of food in each piece of your own cookware (across types and brands) and testing for contaminants at a lab is probably the only way to tell what type of cookware is the best for how you cook. Internet land will yield a dizzying array of articles tagging almost all types of cookware with one problem or another. It’s seems to be a pick your poison situation or go completely raw. Then again, there’s listeria in uncooked food. In all seriousness I wish I knew the answer myself, but I am not a scientist.

  10. Gary Watson says:

    I agree. No non stick of any kind in my house. All my cookware is vintage. Farberware, some real copper Revere. I have all clad, Wagner magnilite, plus cast iron. Yes and it all gets used except my Griswald.

  11. K-Lynn says:

    I love and use my Farberware I received as a wedding present in 1986. I sometimes add to my collection with finds from eBay, where I recently purchased a 4 quart pot with 2 handles. It looks identical to the one from my original set, except this one is new, unused old stock. It had a vintage Farberware sticker on the pot. But, it did not have the Farberware “stamp” on the bottom of the pot. In other respects, it appears identical to my original one. Have you ever seen any vintage, made in USA, Farberware missing the stamp on the bottom?

  12. Jeanette Willis says:

    I recently purchased a vintage Farberware 12″ electric skillet, Model 344A. Can you tell me when it was manufactured? Thank you.

  13. don durs says:

    I have in mint condition (never used) circa Farberware coffee urn, tray sugar and creamer. Parents received it as wedding present in 1928.
    Would you /could you place value on it. Many thanks every thing in cookware in this household is Farberware

    Many thanks

  14. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi K-Lynn! Sorry I can’t help. I have never seen one without a stamp.

  15. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Jeanette! I can’t help you on that one. My research so far has been confined to non-electric Farberware cookware.

  16. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Don! I don’t do valuations for several reasons. 1. Values fluctuate constantly on vintage items depending on trends, the economy, the condition and model of item, etc. I would have to hold your items in my hands then spend a lot of time trawling through sources to determine an accurate price 2. I am very time poor. 3. I am not a qualified appraiser.

    Hunting through Ebay, Etsy, etc. is your best bet. Paying a qualified appraiser will generally cost you around $150 and up. Sorry I can’t help more.

  17. Damie Ridriguez says:

    Not sure if this is still active. I’m wondering if there us a list somewhere of all the different sizes if vintage Farberware pans? I got my first piece as a wedding gift in 1977 then bought a full set from Alden’s. I’ve been adding with great finds from Goodwill and I’m surprised to keep finding so many different sizes. Most recently I bought a 7-1/2 inc frying pan as nd just found a 6-3/4 inch frying pan and a sweet low profile 1-1/2 at saucepan kind of like the little 6-3/4″ frying pan just a little taller.

  18. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Damie!

    I have never seen a full list. From interviewing a former Farberware employee many records were lost when the company was closed.

  19. Zoraida Obregon says:

    My girlfriend swears her vintage farberware pot is bigger than my 8 quart. Her mark since faded but the farberware name remains. It looks just like mine but bigger. Did farberware made anything bigger than their 8 quart pot – the one with the black handles? Thanks.

  20. Penn Polly Vintage says:

    Hi Zoraida! Farberware did make a 12 quart.

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