David Douglas was a prolific designer of kitchenware and dinnerware. He was responsible for numerous carafes, bread trays, butter dishes, and even a “lighted beverage glass,” which he patented in 1975. Along with sleek, cool, midcentury styling comes a retro price tag on these carafes. Shipping often costs more than the item. They can be easily purchased in the $10 range.
White Therm Ware carafe with seven coffee mugs. Image source: eBay.
The carafe is made of Accalac, which was made to ‘feel and look like wood, yet wear like iron.’ According to the trademark registration, Accalac is a “plastic material made into tableware.” Above: Accalac texture.
A U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for Accalac by David Douglas & Co., Inc. on July 26, 1967.
The bottle from the opening of some episodes of the first season of I Dream of Jeannie. The show ran from September, 1965 to May, 1970. The genie had hit pop culture around the time the David Douglas Therm Ware carafe was designed and entered production.
The centerpiece of the Therm Ware collection, the carafe, looks like a genie bottle. The “Genie server ” is part of a suite of products, including tumblers, coffee cups, and the like, all marketed under the Therm Ware umbrella.
Tag that hangs around the neck of the David Douglas Therm Ware carafe. Image source: buffalogal.ecrater.com. The tag shows the carafe used as a vase, for coffee, and, on the right, is that a wine glass? The front of the tag reads: “INSULATED ACCAWARE / GUARANTEED 5 YEARS / BY DAVID DOUGLAS / Foam insulated keeps 10 cups piping hot for more than 4 hours” The back of the tag reads: “as beautiful as it is efficient for serving HOT or COLD beverages…designed in richly grained Accalac that looks like wood…feels like wood and wears like iron! can be used with coffee cone”.
The United States “Carafe” design patent, number 211,978, filed October 27, 1966 and granted August 20, 1968.
Original box from David Douglas Therm Ware carafe. No. 12-560M 1o Cup Size Foam Insulated Server.
The carafe features a body that is made of slightly textured Accalac plastic (see detail above), topped with a 3/8” band of smooth plastic, and a stopper. At it’s widest point, the carafe has a circumference of 24-3/16”. The carafe stands 11” tall and an extra 1” if the cap is in place.
Looking straight down into the carafe with stopper removed.
Oblique view of the top of the carafe.
Top insert. Normally inserted into the carafe and glued into place, this is the top part of the carafe, removed. Until you pull the stopper out and the glue comes loose because it’s over 40 years old.
Looking straight down into the carafe with the top insert removed. It was an orange carafe.
|Bottom exterior of the carafe. There is a seam 1-3/4” from the bottom.|
|Top exterior of the carafe. This seam is 6” above the lower one.|
The bottom and top exterior of the carafe along with the inside body and top insert compose the whole carafe.
While the band encircling the top of the carafe is usually white, I have seen a black band on a white carafe. The stoppers are interchangeable, so they can be switched freely between carafes. The top of the cap on some carafes have a screened design, the caps on some carafes don’t.
Four stoppers, sitting upside down.
The carafe bodies come in white, orange, harvest gold, avocado green, blue, and black. On the bottom of the carafe is the signature, which reads:
DO NOT PLACE OVER HEAT
by David Douglas
& Co., Inc., Manitowoc, Wis. 54220
Black band on white carafe, with a black cap. Image source: etsy.com.
Harvest Gold (from etsy.com)
Blue (From etsy.com and eBay)
Another example of the blue carafe, with a red stopper that does not have a screened design on it.