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Waldow Solid Copper Bain‐Marie, Brooklyn, NY - Vintage Chafing Set - $875 (WEST BABYLON)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Waldow

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Offered for sale is a wonderful vintage Waldow Brooklyn New York solid copper triple chafing set or multi-well bain‐marie, measuring overall approx. 15 1/4 inches tall to top of finials on lids by approx. 22 1/2 inches long handle to handle. Reservoir is 19 3/16 inches long by just over 5 3/4 inches tall by 6 1/8 inches wide. Stand is 6 7/8 inches tall by approx. 19 1/2 inches long at copper base by approx. 6 1/4 inches wide. Burner approx. 3 1/2 inches tall by approx. 9 1/2 inches long with handle and 4 1/2 inches wide across the base. Pots are just under 6 3/4 inches tall by 6 7/16 inches wide across lid by 6 1/8 inches wide across opening rim to rim and hold approx. 1.5 quarts. This set appears un-used with no dings or dents only light patination to copper / brass stand (easily brought back to full shine), tin lining is fully intact and shining, appears new and un-used. Note original wick is in burner with no burn evident. Clearly marked on brass stand as can be seen in photos.

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The remainder of this post is a 1976 article from the NY Times:

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By Ruth Robinson
March 13, 1976

There's no name on the door to mark Thomas Bruno Waldow's factory tucked away on out of the way Adams Street, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Yet the handmade cookware and serving pieces the 73‐year‐old coppersmith produces there are in demand across the country and the stamp “Waldow, Bklyn, N. Y.” has come to denote a high standard of quality.

Sources for such items as Waldow pots and pans, and chafing dishes include Nieman‐Marcus in Dallas, Marshall Field in Chicago, Williams‐Sonoma in San Francisco, Abercrombie & Fitch in New York and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia.

Williamsburg isn't by any means the biggest customer, but it is one that affords the coppersmith great satisfaction. “If they accept merchandise it must be a good American product,” he says. For Mr. Waldow, a craftsman of the old school, who learned his trade in his native Germany, is bullish on ‘America.

He loves copper (”It's beautiful to work with”) and takes great pride in his work. Although there are already close to 160 different items in the line, Mr. Waldow is always dreaming up something now, such as his Lazy Susan bain‐marie, a revolving piece with five inserts for keeping food hot.

“I'm never idle,” the bushy browed sandy‐haired coppersmith said.

Mr. Waldow starts from scratch, sketching the design, making his own dies, tools and jigs and fashioning the original model from a raw piece of metal. His business is essentially a small family one and he isn't about to expand operations. He has trouble finding enough experienced craftsmen as it is and has more customers than he can handle.

Waldow products tend to be expensive, but then it takes for example, a day and a half, to complete the hammered cover for a large chafing dish appropriate for lavish parties.


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