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Old 10-21-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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Question Help with Doufeu

Hello - I am going through my kitchen because I have to move and must decide what to sell and what to keep. Many years ago, my mother gave me her aqua-colored, cast-iron "casserole thing" that is imprinted on the lid with DOUFEU and a symbol/stamp with an "a" over a "c" encircled. Can anyone help me with the age and value of this? I love to cook, but I never got into using this heavy piece. Thank you - I prefer an email if you don't mind...

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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I can't help you with the age or value, but a doufeu is a great piece to have if you love to cook. It is basically a French oven with a recess in the lid so that you can fill it with ice. This encourages condensation to form inside the pot which then drips down on the food to baste it. You do not have to put ice in it though. You can use it just like a regular French oven.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:59 PM   #3
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OoooooOOOoooo can you post a picture? Or send one so I can post it?
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:25 PM   #4
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Hi - I just sold my dig cameras! I will be getting a new one, but I'm not sure when. Possibly tomorrow -- It's aqua and looks like the photos online when I google it, but haven't actually found one that color. Do you know what the manufacturer is - can you tell by the symbol acronym? Thanks, Krissy
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I can't help with the value, but I think your doufeu [sp] is from the 50's. I sure would love to buy it from you!
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:43 PM   #6
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Hi - thank you for your message. It would make sense that it is from the '50s, especially with the cool aqua color. I wish you lived in Minnesota or Wisconsin; I have to sell my entire household of beautiful mahogany furniture and other things! What would you offer me for the doufeu? Remember that shipping will cost a bit - I'm sure you know that it weighs more than my left thigh!

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Old 10-25-2009, 08:11 AM   #9
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Up in the upper right hand corner it says "Welcome Kandyapple". Just under that is "private messages". Click on that. It takes you to the message center. Click on my message in your inbox to read it.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #10
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I have a similar doufeu, although it's a different color. Here's a couple of cell phone photos of mine (sorry about the picture quality).
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:33 PM   #11
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Btw, this is a Cousances brand doufeu. Just digging around and I found this quote:

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In 1957, Le Creuset purchased its competitor Les Hautes Fourneaux of Cousances and began producing some signature Cousances cookware vessels, including the popular Doufeu - a cocotte with a water lid, under the Le Creuset brand.
This suggests that these pots were manufactured sometime between 1934 when first released, and 1957, before Cousances was purchased by Le Creuset.
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:09 AM   #12
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Thanks, that's cool. I didn't sell my D. I still want to, but I love the history and info.
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:55 AM   #13
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Here is mine, did any fakes get made ?

Hopefully I'll be able to post a photo, mine has all the stamps in the right places but no Cousances name on the base, fake? I'm working in France and picked it up for 5€ at a boot sale
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