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Lady Bess Cookware Line - Birmingham Stove & Range/Atlanta Stove Works



Production of the Lady Bess Cookware line began in 1976, the Bicentennial year.
 


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Newspaper Advertising for Lady Bess Cookware - 1977, 1978 & 1979

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Reply #3 - Jun 8th, 2016 at 5:01pm
 
I recently acquired a set of Lady Bess. Happily, some of the paperwork was still with the set Here is a scan of the hang tag. The printing on the back is TINY.
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Reply #4 - Jun 8th, 2016 at 5:06pm
 
I think I can only attach three photos here, so this will be a two-part post. Here is a scan of the brochure that was included in the Lady Bess set.
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Reply #5 - Jun 8th, 2016 at 5:03pm
 
Here is a scan of the customer letter which was included with the Lady Bess set I acquired.
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Reply #6 - Jun 3rd, 2016 at 10:39pm
 
I put this together to share over on Facebook and almost forgot to post it here. 
An easy Quick Reference based on information found in the 1978-79 Pricelist!

I also have it in a spread sheet form... but I'll stick with the pretty picture for now.  Took a while to assemble. Smiley

NOW this is real fun!  As you look at the pictures as they post below, watch how some of the top line of numbers (NO. X) on the bottom of some pieces, do not match the Item Nos. on the price list.  Were the Dealer Price List Items listed incorrectly, or did the Item numbers change? Or did the Pattern Shop do a big boo-boo?

So far it looks like the Skillet Numbers and Sauce Pan numbers were switched?
I will be adding Pattern numbers to the list... wonder if those will stay consistent?   Tongue
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Reply #7 - Jun 4th, 2016 at 1:35am
 
Thank you for all your hard work.
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Reply #8 - Jun 4th, 2016 at 9:11pm
 
Cheryl, where did the item # in your chart for the small fry skillet come from (5x5-SS)?
The real life item has the number 68H-1 on it. Other Lady Bess items I have seen also have numbers more in line with that I have listed for the small fry.
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Reply #9 - Jun 4th, 2016 at 9:41pm
 


Russell, from the
1978-79 Price List
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I believe the 68 H-1 is a pattern number.

It is consistent with pattern number changes within the entire Century Product line.

Still tracking these pieces. I was a bit startled to see this in the Lady Bess line. Smiley

The Item No. in 1978.... 5x5 SS
In 1987.. 5x5 SSK 

This item was continued after the Lady Bess Line was discontinued.

It was during the 1978-79 time frame that the #7 skillet became the #8B skillet, and a change in Pattern numbering system is obvious.
I believe this was the result of new Disa's. (Dwayne, double check me on this Smiley )  The size change allowed them to run 2 skillets on one pattern. (2 up)

While FB land is trying to identify and track the Lady Bess by the pattern numbers, I don't know that it's the best way to do it, since the item number is already cast into the piece, and I haven't yet decoded that newer pattern number system.

I have a ton of information to upload yet, to this board, and the Foundry Pages... with quite a bit of information from Hugh Rushing from this time period.
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Reply #10 - Jun 6th, 2016 at 3:45am
 
What would the real Lady Bess think of that marketing language?

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Reply #11 - Jun 6th, 2016 at 7:34am
 
Lady Bess Omelet Pan 8 WO
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Reply #12 - Jun 6th, 2016 at 7:36am
 
Lady Bess Sauce Pan 8W
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Reply #13 - Jun 6th, 2016 at 7:42am
 
Lady Bess 10-W Casserole

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Reply #14 - Jun 6th, 2016 at 8:26am
 
8W Skillet


Okay... NOW I AM LAUGHING!

Check out this Lady Bess Skillet,
8W


(Then scroll up and look at the 8 Saucepan.)




Thank you Tom P. for the PIC!  It has been enlightening!   Cool
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Reply #15 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 1:02am
 
6W Sauce Pan
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8W Casserole
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10 W Skillet
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10W Dutch Oven
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Reply #19 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 1:12am
 
From Tom P.
Glass Lids for Lady Bess.

2-GC for the #6 W Sauce Pan/Skillet/ has a 405 @ 6 oclock and a 102 @ 12 oclock on the outer rim.

4-GC for the #8 items only has a 23 on the outer rim

7-GC for the #10 items only has a 112 on the outer rim




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Reply #20 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 1:14am
 
From Tom P. :
Note that the 7-GC also is for/fits the 7 Dutch Oven, have included a picture of it even though it is not a Lady Bess, because of the common glass lid.
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Reply #21 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 3:58am
 
Thanks Cheryl for the information about the glass lids. This is great info that I need to know!
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Reply #22 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 1:46pm
 
James, these are the same glass lids shown in the 1966 and 1987 catalogs being used on iron Dutch Ovens/ Chicken Fryers.  Finding the correct Anchor Hocking glass lid with those numbers on the rim keeps me checking the lid bin at all the thrift stores, glass being glass not too many have survived.
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Reply #23 - Jun 7th, 2016 at 4:50pm
 
Nice seeing a couple of experts at work.
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Reply #24 - Jun 15th, 2016 at 3:38am
 
6W Skillet
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Reply #25 - Jun 15th, 2016 at 3:54am
 
10WSS Square Skillet
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Reply #26 - Jun 15th, 2016 at 4:14am
 
Can  I ask what the diameter of the heat pads are on those?  Is that thick heat pad the same diameter as the number marked? For example the 6-W is it 6" ?
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Reply #27 - Jun 15th, 2016 at 2:22pm
 
A better way to put it might be, on those two 8W's are their bottom heat (base) pad the same size when compared?
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Reply #28 - Jun 15th, 2016 at 7:02pm
 
Don't know Dwayne.

The Lady Bess Brochure just gives the size in inches, and given ASW/BSR's history of measurements, I would think the size is Top Diameter to allow match up of the glass lids.  Just thinking out loud.......

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Reply #29 - Jun 15th, 2016 at 7:08pm
 
Sure could be, was just wondering on the same number coming up. That it being for the glass lids would sure make sense.
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Reply #30 - Dec 5th, 2016 at 7:42pm
 
Square Casserole 10 WSC with Glass Lid
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