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It looks possible that the two pieces don't actually go together. The patent referred to is number 625702, for an enameled chafing dish with a domed lid. (It's kind of hard to tell, but I think the innovation being claimed is the lip/indentation which allows the handle to be attached without damaging the enamel.) The patent does mention the inventor's ...


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Looks like a roasting pan...perhaps for chestnuts


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Aluminum likes to bow as you describe. If you lack any good hard surfaces in the kitchen, take the pan outside and whack its bottom on the sidewalk a couple times. That'll reflatten it. Carefully aplied hammers or fists can accomplish the same job inside.


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I have one large, deep sided skillet, which bows upward like that. I'm very careful not to shock the pans, but this one is very thin. The other pans I have, with thick bottoms, don't move at all. I got into the habit of putting the tea pot on, while cooking. This is partly because I'm usually also making coffee, and I use the hot water to warm the cup ...



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