The coffee pot is one of many products in the Palissy Kalabar range produced by Royal Worcester in the 1970s. There were matching mugs and jugs, but also a tea pot, cups and saucers, storage jars, soup bowls, condiment sets, casseroles and more.

The first Worcester porcelain factory opened in 1751 and, after obtaining a Royal Warrant, the firm became ‘Royal Worcester’ with a reputation for fine quality wares. The brand is now part of the Portmeirion Group.

Royal Worcester developed ranges of pottery table ware for every day use, of which the Palissy Kalabar design is one.

The term Palissy derives from the name of a 16th century French potter, who worked in a rustic style. Note the granular texture of the pottery.

The term Kalabar appears to be a made up name, suggestive of Africa or the Middle East. The design appears to show a Moorish influence.

The design uses colours typical of the 1970s, at which time orange, yellow and brown were fashionable.

When making ground coffee in this type of jug, nearly boiling water is poured over the coffee and stirred. When pouring the coffee a strainer or filter is needed. A more modern approach to brewing coffee in a jug is the use of a cafetière, which has a built-in filter.

More information:

Date 1960s, 1970s
Material(s) Plastic
Item number MBPO155

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The fictional Indian province of Kalabar is the setting for the 1968 film ‘Carry On Up the Khyber’. Is it conceivable that this influenced the choice of name? I believe the tableware was first launched earlier.


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