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    Revere Copper, Rome, NY. Founded 1801, copper producers and manufacturers of cookware.
  An artistic version of the logo under the flat base of a candlestick.  Since it has not been polished, the sheet shows the finish rolled surface complete with roll marks and rolled out surface oxide spill. 
     Rome Manufacturing Co.
   This mark under a copper coffee pot.  (Photo: Tim Clarke)
  For 200 years Revere has produced copper and alloy products for a wide array of demanding applications.    In Rome, NY and New Bedford, MA.  Production facilities include melting, casting, hot rolling, cold rolling extrusion, bar making and testing equipment.   


  Paul Revere is a well known American Patriot. He is best known as a pre Revolutionary War courier, for his ride from Boston to Concord, on April 18, 1775, to warn the colonists that the British were coming. However, Paul Revere was also a great craftsman, artisan, industrialist and manufacturer.
  During his life of 84 years he had many careers and technological achievements. They  included production of the first rolled copper sheets in the US, production of the first cast bell in Boston, and being a major supplier of copper for the US Navy fleet which included nails, bolts, spikes and sheathing.

After the Revolutionary War, in 1788, he built a furnace on the tip of North Boston Harbour. The furnace was used to make copper spikes, bolts and other ship fittings for American boats.

After a few years, the foundry was used to cast copper alloy bells and cannons. Up until that time, the technology to cast bells with good tonal quality was not present in the US and bells were imported from England. With the help of two experienced bell casters, Paul Revere cast the first bell in Boston in 1792. Revere cast a total of 398 bells in the North Boston Foundry and many of them still hang in and around Boston today. The bell for King's Chapel in Boston was cast in the North Boston Foundry, it weighed 2,437 lb. and is still used today.

The American Navy was born in 1792, copper and copper alloys were needed in the shipbuilding industry. Copper bolts, spikes, dovetails, and nails were used to make a ship seaworthy. Copper was also used to sheath the hulls of wooden boats, the sheathing prolonged the life of the vessel, enabled it to go faster and prevented the growth of barnacles. When iron bolts supplied for the USS Constitution were found defective due to rust, Paul Revere replaced the rusted iron bolts with copper bolts. Next, Revere supplied the US Navy with sheathing. Copper was in great demand by the Navy, and Paul Revere was there to meet the Navy's needs.

During the late 18th century, the domestic copper supply was very limited. Therefore all the copper sheet used to make the sheathing was imported from England. By 1800, Paul Revere had discovered the secrets to rolling copper, he was now 65 years old. On October 24, 1801, Paul Revere rolled the first copper sheets in the US. He was able to refine 1800 lbs. of copper at one time using only wood for fuel. He could supply the US Navy with quality copper sheathing that was rolled in the US.

In addition to rolling copper sheathing for ships, Paul Revere made sheathing for the new State House in Boston. The State House required 7,675 lbs. of copper sheathing and 789 lbs. of copper nails, at a cost of $4,232. The roof of the State House in Boston lasted 100 years. The New York City Hall dome was also sheathed with Revere copper.

By 1804 Paul Revere was the accredited head of the copper industry in the US and by 1812 he was supplying three tons of copper per week, most of it going to the US Navy.

For full version see:   Paul Revere - Copper Industry Pioneer


  Revere copper based cookware is now made by Corning Consumer Products Company (CDA USA)

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