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Guardian Service Roaster Pan with Lid

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This listing is for one heavy aluminum, Guardian Service Roaster with aluminum lid. The roaster measures 14.75” handle to handle, 10” front to back, and 4” high not including the lid. The lid is very domed and seals very tightly. This roaster belonged to my grandmother, and she was the original owner.

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Guardian Service cookware is a highly sought after collectible these days. There are a variety of reasons: the heavy-duty construction of this hammered aluminum waterless cookware makes it almost "bullet-proof”, the excellent way that the cookware prepares the food, and the nostalgia of cooking with the same type of cookware that your parents or grandparents did. The fact is, many of the pieces from the 1940s and 50s are still around and people love it!
Century Metalcraft Corporation of Los Angeles, California manufactured Guardian Service cookware from the mid 1930s until 1956, when the plant burned down. Independent salesman sold the cookware similar to the way that Tupperware was sold during the 1960s. A hostess would host a party at their house, and invite several of their friends over. At these dinner parties, the salesman would prepare a delicious meal for the guests, all in hopes of selling them some of the cookware.
Guardian Service cookware was considered to be an expensive set of cookware during the 1940s and 50s. It would cost about a month's pay to buy the full set. In today's dollars, that would be about $2,500! In many cases, the dinner party guests would only buy one or two pieces.
Guardian Service cookware is constructed out of hammered aluminum, and is considered to be heavy-duty in contrast to today's cookware. During the pre-WWII years, this cookware had metal lids. But, because of the rationing during the War, the lids were then made from oven-proof glass. Guardian Service cookware has the trademark Knight's helmet (looking left) logo stamped on the bottom of the cookware. There were 3 different designs of the logo: One had the Knight's helmet and crossed swords, the next had the helmet and 2 stars on either side, and the last version had the helmet and 3 stars on either side. The glass lids also were etched with the Knight's helmet, but they also had crossed battle axes.

Guardian Service Roaster Pan with Lid


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: aluminum
  • Only ships within United States.
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