What an incredible find -- a brand new, never used, MINT in its ORIGINAL BOX dated 1960, Revere Ware No. 399 Combination Pan. from the 1960s. (The box is dated.) Technically this is "New Old Stock," a tremendous collector find! Combination pans alone are scarce; one in its original, 50+ year old factory packaging is nearly unheard of.
This pan is 7-1/4 inches wide and 1-3/4 inches deep, truly combining the best of a skillet and a sauce pan. It apparently was made in Rome, New York, the company's headquarters and original factory. It has a 2-screw handle and a lovely bottom marking.
The box was factory sealed when I got it. I did open it to make absolutely sure the pan was correct and not damaged in any way. It could be resealed for display. There is a USPS mailing label adhered to it, postmarked August 4, 1960 and it does show scuffing and surface bumping, having been mailed from Ohio to New York .
A neat addition to the package is a printed advertisement for other Revere kitchen utensils and Twinkle polish, included as found.
IMPORTANT: Apparently Revere Ware never sold these pans with lids -- otherwise one should have been included in this FACTORY SEALED box; and there was not. If you WANT to use a lid, it takes the standard 7-1/4 inch lid made for several styles of saucepans.
BACKGROUND: Combination Pans debuted in the early 1950s. They never were included in regular sets; rather, they had to be special ordered. Housewives loved them because they essentially combined a wide skillet with a deep sauce pan, so they could use one pan instead of two.
Clever Revere Ware designers created, the Combination Pan to take advantage of a new mid-century demand for home freezers and frozen foods as American families became more affluent. They replaced the 7-1/4 inch sauce pans Revere had discontinued following World War II. Revere cleverly marketed the new, dual use pans as "Frozen Food skillets," just the right size for a package of frozen vegetables to thaw and then be cooked in, without having to change pans.