This is a fan site for Descoware–a brand of enamel cookware made until the mid-seventies. The enamelware was originally manufactured as “Bruxelles Ware” with the Descoware name coming from the American import company D.E Sanford Co. The brand was popularized by the wonderful Julia Child, who was kind enough to recommend products without endorsement fees. All are welcome and if you have an interest in Descoware– toss your two cents in. Your email stays safe, no spam here. Please be kind and enjoy your stay. The “Author” has no commercial interest except his own small collection. There are some ads on the site and most years those ads pay for the hosting and nothing more.

Please email pictures if you have some! info-at- descoware.com and YES pictures with food in the piece is good!

The buttons on the right (and top) will move you around the site. Mostly words at the top–pictures on the right.

Your moderator is Kevin, an artist, writer and tinker in Oregon. His Descoware story is here.

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  1. Brooklynkatie says:

    Hi Kevin–I have recently fallen in love with Descoware. I am seriously considering purchasing a vintage, unused (except for one sauce pan) set in sky blue. It includes a dutch oven, 2 sauce pans (one with a little fry pan lid) and a 10-inch skillet. They still have the Descoware stickers on them. It is a little $$$, but I really love the blue and have hardly seen any of this color on ebay (present or past sales). Would love to get your feedback. Thanks.

  2. Kevin says:

    Thanks for stopping by the Descoware site, Katie. Obviously, It’s just starting up and I really appreciate the offer of photos.

    The blue stuff is definitely a little scarce on ebay, and I don’t recall ever seeing any blue with the labels. I’ve been ebaying the stuff for about 5 years and the prices have seemed to drift up this year. I think word might be getting around. The highest price I’ve seen for a single piece was just under $100.

    I’ll be adding some info about replacement handles and possibly enamel repair services, so check back!

  3. Jean-Marie says:

    I have a Descoware Discovery Set Number 104 3 G still in the box that I will be selling for my 84 year old mom who could use the money. My dad gave it to her during the early 1960’s and she never used it. I will be listing it on Ebay tomorrow. I ran across your website while researching its current market value and thought you might be interested in it. I will be listing it tomorrow.

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  5. Candy Eve says:

    I have been collecting Descoware this past year. I have almost a complete set. I really love cooking with it all. I am looking for a 12 inch skillet with lid.

    I have seen Descolite, and of course the very weighty LE Creuset. I like the Descoware best of all in the FLAME.


  6. Becky says:

    Hello Kevin,

    I purchased a blue Descoware 9-1/2″ covered skillet at a thrift store today and the inside of the skillet is completely black and looks like straight cast iron without any enamel. There was even a little rust on the inside which leads me to believe it is straight cast iron and not a serious build-up of some kind. The outside condition is pretty good and it does not look like it has been abused. I have never seen a piece of Descoware like this, they are all enameled on the inside. Have you ever seen or heard of any Descoware like this? The markings on the bottom of the skillet are: Descoware MADE IN BELGIUM 23-B 24 0 FE BELGIUM. And the markings on the lid are: FE 24 BELGIUM.
    I would appreciate any information you can give me on this.

    Thank you,


  7. Jillian says:

    Dear Kevin,

    Great website! I have to admit, I hadn’t heard about Descoware – but I was looking up the markings on two beautiful flame dutch ovens (oval) that my mother-in-law gave me. She received them for a wedding gift (1960s) and used them while raising her family… Both lids and pots have the “coded” stamps – though they aren’t marked “Descoware”… For example the large lid is marked FE 3F 18 BELGIUM, and the pot is harder to read but I can make out the FE BELGIUM and a 3… and the small lid is marked FE 12 3-C BELGIUM and the pot has the same code: 3-C 12 FE BELGIUM…. they look like Descoware (I have pictures but not sure where to post them) – is it possible the Descoware marking rubbed off? Or might they be another brand? Thanks so much!

    Best wishes,

  8. Kevin says:

    I’ve seen a couple of modifications to the blue pieces. I have a blue fry pan that is teflon coated… but I’m pretty sure that teflon didn’t exist when DescoWare was being made. I imagine that in some cases, people removed the interior enamel coating as the interior of piece became damaged. Descoware is just basic cast iron underneath.

  9. Kevin says:

    The stampings were just industry practices and there are lots of pieces made by other manufacturers. Descoware lids usually don’t have a logo, but the main piece almost invariably does (have a logo).

  10. Liz says:

    I have a yellow oval roaster with a lid that used to be my grandmother’s. It has the black signature:
    Descoware, Made in Belgium, on the bottom of the roaster. The inside is gray. On the underside of the lid, it has raised writing that says: FE 12 C-3
    It is in great shape, and I use it regularly. I would truly appreciate it if you could give me any other information about this piece and the marking C-3.
    Thanks for the website,

  11. Liz says:

    Okay, I’m back….about the yellow, oval roaster question:

    Duh! The lettering on the lid is not raised, it’s stamped (which you all probably knew)


  12. Arthur says:

    I have what I would caLL an oval roaster with lid in flame.
    Is it stovetop safe, or just oven safe?

  13. Kevin says:

    The ovals don’t fit the burners too well, but… you won’t hurt them.

  14. candy eve says:

    The cast iron that may show through on the descoware should be safe to cook on.
    Minor cracking and crazing is not a problem for cooking, but do take special care
    when you clean it not to make it worse. If there is cast iron areas showing through
    use shortening and season the areas so that it won’t rust.

    I always dry my descoware in the oven or for about 5 minutes atop the range on low.

    I am in need of an oval lid for the 4 1/2 quart oval flame orange dutch oven. It has a
    handle, not a knob top. If anyone has a replacement for that piece, please email me!


    I check all over daily online!

    sugarx2@rocketmail.com ok to list this email!

  15. john weber says:

    Does anyone know whether, how, and by whom cracked and chipped porcelain enamel on the inside (bottom) of a Descoware dutch oven can be repaired?

    John Weber

  16. Kevin says:

    It’s as safe as it’s ever been. Under the enamel, it’s just regular old cast iron. Chipping is very common–the enamel glazes do what’s called “crazing,” which is small cracks. Eventually they become bigger cracks. I haven’t been able to find anyone who repairs enamel cookware. Anyone with a ceramic kiln should be able to do it pretty easily.

  17. Rob says:

    Hey Kevin, I know almost nothing about Descowear and have recently purchased a small dutch oven at a garage sale that holds about 1 quart. It is clearly stamped “Descoware Made in Belgium” on the bottom. Along with this pot there was a 5 quart dutch oven and a skillet that measures about 9 1/” in diameter and comes with a removable wood handle. The two larger pieces do not have the stamp indicating that it is Belgiumware, however, indented in the bottoms of all three pans is the word “Belgium” and similar looking model numbers. There are other small differences in the small dutch oven and the other two pieces. For instance the small one has a white interior and the other two have gray interiors. Do you know if Descoware did not stamp there name on some of their pieces? Are these two Descowear or something else. Thank you for your help, Rob

  18. Kevin says:

    Hey Rob. Yeah, it’s likely that you got a mix and match. It was common practice for the European makers to mark pieces with the sizes (that’s what the numbered markings are). Since Descoware was an American only import, it’s a small possibility that yours came from the same foundry… but really, it’s probably more likely that the pieces came from a different shop. One of the nice things about DescoWare is that it’s really pretty cheap. As long as your pieces look like they match… who the heck cares!

  19. Ambrose Smith says:

    Hi Kevin,

    7 years ago a woman I took care of passed away and her family gave me an old forgotten Descoware piece that was going to be sold at a garage sale. I didn’t know anything about Descoware, nor have I heard of it. I cleaned the Flame Orange round casserole dish with lid (with the 3 separate compartments inside) and saw how beautiful it looked cleaned up and polished. I went on eBay and found other great pieces and within a year I had acquired a small collection of Dutch ovens, baking dishes, pots and pans. Different colors and sizes. Roughly 30 pieces.

    They look great hanging from a hook in the kitchen and they look great on the table. My 3 prized pieces are a yellow Markley Dutch oven, a large oval cream colored pot with vegetables, and a sky blue oval pot with dark blue tulip leaves.

    I recently gave my sister 2 pieces: a large beautiful avocado green baking dish and a frying pan (flame orange) with a long wooden handle screwed in. I knew she would take good care of them and appreciate them. She was visiting my home and she used my large “vegetable” pot to make a batch of homemade jalapeno jelly. Delicious.

    Thanks for this website. It is good to know that others appreciate the high quality, uniqueness, durability, and looks of Descoware.

    Ambrose Smith
    Coachella, California

  20. Carl! says:

    Hey, friends!

    I was so happy to come across this site. I’ve been a collector of Descoware for several years, ever since I bought my first home. I love the cookware, its durability, even cooking characteristic and attractive design. I have dozens of pieces that include the flame colored, avocado, harvest gold, Markley, and also fun items like the ASHTRAYS and TRIVETS!

    Thanks for the site!

  21. Sarah says:

    Hello all!
    I believe I stumbled onto a Descoware piece at Goodwill, but I’m not quite sure. I have been unable to find much information (other than this site) on the brand other than Julia Child highly endorsed the brand.
    The piece I have if Descoware is in the flame color. But the bottom of the pot and lid say 2D 8 L FE Belgium. Is it not real? Does this mean I can go return it and get my $15 back!?
    Any information will help, if you want pictures please just email me at sarah.garner at ymail dot com

    It looks exactly like Descoware, I just would like someone who has true Descoware to yay or nay it.
    Thank you all!!!

  22. Carl! says:

    Hi, Sarah. I can assure you that the piece you bought was indeed Descoware.


  23. Sarah says:

    Oh awesome! I was just about to return it
    Thank you!

  24. SYVIA DHENIN says:

    I am delighted that I found this site. I wish they still made their pans. The idea of the removable wooden handle is fantastic and so practical. I have several sauce pans and frying pans. They are so much better than le Creuset. The best was the sauce pan with the lid which was shaped to cover the pouring spout. Where might I be able to buy some more?
    Thank you

  25. Carl! says:

    Is there a piece of Descoware that anyone is just DYING to find/own? Rare type, shape, color or item?


  26. Darcy says:

    My daughter and I recently bought 2 cool casserole dishes at a garage sale. They were marked Descoware. It has been fun finding out about this cookware. My question is: One of the casseroles is still in the box never used with the instruction/recipe insert inside. This was obviously bought for a gift and never given. How much do you think this is worth? It says on the box 2 3/4. I assume that means quarts? It is oval and flame colored.

  27. Carissa says:

    Kevin, thank you for this site, I have a sauce pan that I found for a quarter at a yard sale and it just really caught my eye,(flame/orange), and the other day my father-in-law brought a box to me two pots, one with the wood handle and both with lids and a set of three varied sizes of skillets. I was excited to say the least!! I found this site and it has helped me know a lot more about my wonderful gift. Keep up the great work.

  28. Alex says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I have a piece that I picked up recently that has me puzzled. When I first saw it I was sure that it was Dru Holland. It is a light blue with a darker blue decorated pattern. But when I turned it over, it was marked Descoware. I can’t find any other pieces like this on line. Do you know anything about it? I have pictures I would be happy to forward to you.


  29. dawn says:

    I have a set of yellow which includes 3 pots, lrg, med, small, 4 sizes of sauce pans, 1 double boiler, 4 frying pans, lrg, med, sm & xsm, plus all the wooden handles. These were my grandmothers which I had been watching her cook with since I was a teenager (1970’s). Approx. 7 years ago she moved into an ALF and left behind her Descoware, it sat unused in her home for 4-5 years. She passed away 3 years ago & approx. 2 years ago I finally got the courage to go in & clean out her belongings. My son moved into his own home & I gave him my complete set of Visions cookware & started using Nanny’s Descoware. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did that, the Descoware is the BEST cookware I have ever used. Not to mention the memories of Nanny’s kitchen everytime I use it. I just had no idea how awesome & valueable Descoware was, what a nice surprise. Maybe someday my grand daughter will “discover” these treasures.
    Thanks for the website!

  30. Candy Eve says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I sent you a copy of a Descoware ad. The Flame was called CHERRY FLAME, the Yellow was called CITRON. Funny for orange and pale yellow, huh? Did you receive it? I can resend it if you never got it.


  31. Brooklynkatie says:

    Hi Descoware lovers,
    Was watching an old episode of The Odd Couple on late night TV and noticed that Oscar and Felix have a lovely set of yellow in their 70s kitchen. Just sayin’.

    Hope we get to see some in the upcoming Julie and Julia movie.

  32. Kevin says:

    which leaves me with one of those lingering 70s question… am I an Oscar or a Felix?

  33. It is just cast iron underneath. As long as the enamel is not coming off into your food…

  34. Olivia says:

    Excellent information.
    I have a complete set.

  35. Olivia says:

    Can Descoware be used on an electric stove? I know gas is best but I now have electric.
    Thanks in advance for any information

  36. You bet–it works well but it’s very slow to heat when used on electric. If you have a smooth top, the descoware can cause some scratching to the stove–the very bottom edge is cast iron. Iron is a little rough.

  37. Candy Eve says:

    I just saw the JULIE and JULIA movie and it was wonderful. I loved every minute of it. I only have one gripe, I suppose they got paid a heap to do this, but they swapped out the DESCOWARE DUTCH OVEN for the LE CREUSET, and kept showing the LC logos throughout. They even swapped in while shooting in the ACTUAL kitchen that once belonged to JULIA!!! That was not authentic and made me cringe!!!!

    To be accurate, all they had to do was leave the scenes with JULIA CHILD using her DESCOWARE, (there was one scene that I noticed with an old DESCOWARE fry pan with wooden handle hanging there….) and then JULIE could have used the LE CREUSET. That would have been fine.

    But, OH WELL, only we DESCOWARE lovers will notice that piece of lost history!

    The rest of the movie was WONDERFUL, and I hope that Meryl Streep gets an academy award for her performance. I heard her say in an interview she had to gain 40 pounds for the role!!!

    GO SEE IT!!!!

  38. Katie says:

    We just bought our first Descoware piece at a garage sale for $2.00. I happened to look it up online to see how best to care for it. It is a yellow skillet with a beautiful wooden handle. Any tips on how best to cook with it/care for it?

  39. Tab at the top…. Maintenance! If you come across any good tips, pass them along.

  40. Candy Eve says:

    You can buy a diffuser for the electric rangetops. NordicWare makes them.They cover the electric range heating elements and are fabulous. Nothing will burn if you keep the heat between medium and MED-LOW. Plus you can heat the pots after washing them for a few minutes instead of putting them into the oven and heating up the whole house!

    I use them on my range and they heat up fast, and evenly and work great. I don’t know if this would work on a glasstop, but on a standard range it is great. you can probably use them on a gas range too. They come in two sizes, for each burner, and run about $20 each at the most.

    See http://www.surlatable.com/product/id/126434.do

    Candy Eve

  41. Candy Eve says:

    Hi Olivia,

    See my Reply to Kevin about the Range top DIFFUSERS made by NORDICWARE, allowing use of DESCOWARE on an electric range.
    These also work well with PYREX and CORNINGWARE glass pots, and percolators. BUT keep the heat to MEDIUM LOW, and never go high for more than a few minutes. You can heat the diffuser but not the glassware!

    The finish on the diffuser may change permanently with excess heat, but it will still work, but I recommend the lower heat. It helps the food to heat evenly in any pot, even stainless ones. My favorite cookware, and I have collected MANY MANY things, is absolutely DESCOWARE!!!!

  42. Terry says:

    Hi Jillian!

    I have the exact same markings on my set that were passed down to me from my Mother. It is DEFINITELY DESCOWARE. Although my lid does not have the descoware imprint, the bottom of the pot does. DESCOWARE appears centered in the space between the E and the FE as an ink-type logo. I’m sure yours has just worn off after many good years of use!

    Congratulations on owning such a nice dish!


  43. Patte says:

    Greetings Kevin!

    It sounds like a lot of other folks here have fond memories of this large, heavy, cookware! And like many others, I have inherited my Aunt’s set. Mom used several of the pieces until they became too heavy for her to hoist around the kitchen. Its a beautiful set. Used, but lovingly. But it’s so danged heavy! When I fill the fry pan w/enough hamburger helper to feed this brood of 7, I can’t lift the fry pan off the stove! The set is sitting in a box on a chair… should I keep it? It’s really NICE. Much much nicer than anything I currently have. But they’re really heavy! (side note: i have issues w/my wrists) I’m debating whether to ditch what I’ve got (everything is from the dollar store) and replace it with Mom’s Descoware or part ways with it. Can anyone give me a good reason not to find it another home?

  44. Ann Stranahan says:

    Patte, I might be interested in taking those heavy pans off that chair if you would be interested in selling them. what pieces do you have?




  45. Conley Phillips says:

    Approximately 20 years ago my wife picked up a Descoware saucepan w/lid (yellow)at a yard sale. That set the ‘tone’ for future cookware purchases which ultimately led us to Le Creuset.

    The saucepan had a very marginal handle, which may have already been replaced at one time. I replaced the handle with one of my own design (for lack of an original to copy) made of black locust. Good, bad or indifferent, this handle has served us well, including many, many trips through the dishwasher. Hey, it’s my saucepan and I’m not into washing dishes by hand if I can help it. However, the locust has decided to give it up after 20 years. (Says something about locust, doesn’t it?)

    I plan to fabricate another handle (probably locust) if I can recreate the thread pattern. I had a template of sorts last time because I had what was left of the “original”. This time, the handle came out in pieces, so I’m having to try to figure out the thread properties (threads/inch, pitch, etc.) from inside a very worn saucepan.

    Does anyone have a Descoware handle they can unscrew from the dish for the purpose of measuring the thread properties? (They look to be 8 threads/inch, but there’s also a taper??)

    Help me if you can. It may save me a couple of hours in the shop and provide other potential handle makers with a guide from which to work.

    Happy cooking (and woodworking, if you’re so inclined).

    — Conley in Cottage Grove, OR

  46. D. R. Gwyther says:

    Wow…after 30 years on the road…hotel food, some great meals…many not so great…I have retired to my kitchen and found my wife’s few pieces of Descoware. Good food is so much better when you can cook with the right tools. I only have the dutch oven and small wooden handled saute pan. Both in orange handed down at least two generations. Both are superb.

    Great site. Thanks.

  47. Congrats on the return home, D.R. Now that you’ve taken up cooking… send a picture of something that you made! Far too many pictures of empty pans here.

  48. I still don’t have a source for re-enamling a pan. You would think in our ‘turning green’ culture that someone would be interested in recycling these very useful items.

  49. Neither, really. The stamped ones are older, but the molded ones are fewer. Both kinds have their fans–and in proportional numbers.

  50. karen cross says:

    I posted my collection of descoware on youtube.com (I only have 1 piece). I put a plug in for this site in my youtube video. So far, no one has seen it. I am surprised that when you look up descoware on youtube, no one has showed their collections. I think it would be a good idea.

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