Thermos Carafe, Model No. 539 Designer: Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972)
Manufacturer: American Thermos Bottle Company (American, 1907–1956)

Designed 1935; manufactured 1936–39

American Decorative Arts

Not on view

Aluminum, enameled steel, and glass


carafe, with stopper: 5 5/8 × 5 1/2 × 4 5/8 in. (14.3 × 14 × 11.7 cm)
tray: 1/2 × 9 1/4 × 6 5/8 in. (1.3 × 23.5 × 16.8 cm)

Credit Line

John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, B.A. 1959

Accession Number



20th century


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Purchased by John C. Waddell, New York, 2010, by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017
  • "Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin: Online Supplement (accessed December 1, 2018), 7
  • John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 302, no. 207
Object copyright
Additional information


"THE AMERICAN THERMOS BOTTLE CO. / NORWICH, CONN. U.S.A. [in circle] / THE ONLY / THERMOS / REG. U.S. PAT OFFICE / NO 539 / VACUUM BOTTLE / DESIGNED BY / Henry Dreyfuss. [signature]" impressed into bottom of carafe

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