Hi - I was recently given an old copper pot that belonged to my great-uncle, who had a lot of unusual things. It has straight sides and a large curved handle. The handle is curved in a such a way that the bottom rests on the burner, just like pot bottom. I'm wondering if this a strange style, if he had the handle modified, or if this is not a cooking pot at all, but some other kind of vessel. It is very old and is made of excellent thick copper. I'm told it can be retinned for cooking. Any ideas?? Can I cook with the handle like that or will it get much too hot? Here is a picture of it.