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Old 03-28-2013, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Chanute, KS
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I have wanted a Le Creuset dutch oven for quite a while, but they are way out of my price range. My daughter found this one (pictures attached) for me for my birthday at a thrift store. It is a wonderful piece and I love it, but can't find any information on who made it or when.

I know it is not Le Creuset, Staub, Lodge, or any of the well known brands of cast iron ware. The only thing is says on it is France and Made in France. Can anyone help identify it?
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:32 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Looks similar to a Staub.... made in France..

Staub USA


http://www.wasserstrom.com/restauran...Product_109345

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Looks like an imitation of Straub. The details are not as sculpted, but the general design is similar.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:56 AM
 
Location: California Mountains
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Looks like a Staub, but the F of France is not aligned so it might or might not be a real thing.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:14 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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That is a doufeu type oven, the recess in the lid is so you can place ice in it causing condensation on the inside of the lid, which is why you see those spikes (the moisture runs/drips down from the spikes and falls back onto the food, making for an especially succulent braised dish). It's a great addition to any kitchen especially if you love braising meats like boeuf bourgingon.

You're a lucky mom with a great daughter!
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:25 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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It's not a Staub, but it looks like it's in great shape. Nice find by your daughter.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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The lid and really overall design looks very much like this one I found on the Costco site, and it is made in France, although the photos there show that the knob on the lid is chrome and marked with Kirkland Signature brand: Kirkland Signature

It could be it comes from the same place that makes these for Costco, whatever company that may be. Perhaps they make variations under their own name or for other private label selling. Or perhaps it's an earlier variant of the Costco number before they put the branding on it. Regardless, should be a nice piece. Enjoy!

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Old 03-29-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Chanute, KS
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It does look very much like the Costco oven, but not exactly. That's interesting about the ice on the top, I will have to try it. I have made two meals in it so far, a casserole and spaghetti sauce. I don't know how I got along without for so long because it has solved several cooking issues for me as I am disabled and sit in a chair to cook. Most of my pots and pans are hard to see into from that angle, and tend to move around a lot when I am stirring. This one stays put, and I can see into it with no problem. Browns meat like a charm, and didn't burn my sauce, and I can reach over it to adjust the burner knobs without burning my underarm. No matter who made it, I love it and can't wait to try new things!
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:53 PM
 
Location: In the realm of possiblities
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If you like pot roasts, try you a pork roast in it, or for that matter, any cut of meat, good or bad. Those Dutch ovens have the ability to make even the toughest meat fall apart. Happy cooking!
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:03 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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That looks exactly like one I bought at Giant in France. There is no name brand stamped on it, but it is a great pot. I've got 2 different sizes and they both get used frequently.
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