The Deka Dukes of Hazzard Dinnerware pieces are popular Dukes golden era collectibles. A few of these items were a staple of my childhood. I've mentioned before how my grandparents would buy all the Dukes stuff they would see when I was younger. These pieces must have been for sale quite a while after they were produced. The bowl, mug, and tumbler were plentiful around my house.
Once I started collecting, I added more pieces to the set and picked up several extras. Here is most of the ones I have, but there are at lease two more bowls, four mugs, four 11 oz. tumblers and two 6 oz. tumblers in my main display. Let's just say I got a lot of Deka Dukes pieces.
Deka Plastics Inc. was based in Elizabeth, NJ and was in operation from 1960 to the early '90s. They seemed to have the monopoly on licensed dinnerware throughout the '70s and '80s. Along with Dukes, they produced similar items for Star Wars, Smurfs, E.T., Star Trek, Incredible Hulk, Care Bears, Pac-Man, Flintstones, Garfield, and more. They basically made cups and plates for everything popular.
Most of the pieces used the same series of pictures. Not only were the three cousins and the Gen'ral represented, but a majority of the supporting cast as well. On the mug we see Rosco P. Coltrane, Boss Hogg, and Uncle Jesse on one side.
Bo, Luke, and Daisy are pictured together in the middle.
And the General Lee is flying high on the other side. There is also a banner that runs the length of the mug that reads The Dukes of Hazzard and has stars on the opposite side. During what I call the "dark ages" of the Dukes, when the show wasn't on TV and nothing was being produced, these Deka plates were very prominent around my house and these pictures and this banner were the Dukes of Hazzard to me.
"The lobster claw jump" as I like to call it, with a perfect Dixie horn. Awesome! #DukesofHazzard #GeneralLeeJumps pic.twitter.com/1ITedYEPGX— Larry Franks (@larryafranks) June 10, 2016
The jump used is one of my favorites, because of my love for these products. There is a piece of debris over the back passenger side wheel and it always looked to me like the the wheel was shaped like a lobster claw. I was happy to include it in my series of tweets showing every General Lee jump on Twitter.
I have so many examples of each piece and some have original sales stickers on them. This item is officially known as the 10 oz. Mug. All of these pieces are upper rack dishwasher safe. Not many of mine have actually been in a dishwasher.
Next up are the cups, officially known as tumblers. They both have the same pictures on them and are basically identical except for their size difference. All of the same pictures as the mug are on them as well as a new one of Cooter and Daisy. Just like the mug, the larger of the two cups were plentiful around my house growing up.
The smaller of the two seems to be more rare. I only have three of them, compared to at least ten of the larger one. If you can quantify the scarcity of a product by the ratio within my personal collection, then that should tell you how many there are. I've also compared the numbers that Cooter's has of these two cups and they have many more larger ones than smaller ones. I've even discussed it with Miss Alma.
I have each with tags on them and I am surprised that the tags are so different. The smaller one is officially called the 6 oz. Tumbler and the larger one is the 11 0z. Tumbler. The logos on the two tags are even different. I wonder why.
There are a few additional stars floating around the red background and the pictures are a little bigger.
The lobster claw jump is on the bowl as well.
This is the 20 oz. Bowl. The tag on this one is similar to the 6 oz. tumbler, but different than the 11 oz. and the mug.
The next few items all found their way to me later on mostly through ebay. This is the Decorative Compartment Plate. It still has the sticker and the clear plastic hang tag on the top. It has the same pictures of Boss, Rosco, Uncle Jesse, and the one with Cooter and Daisy, but different individual pictures of Bo, Luke, Daisy and Gen'ral. This picture of General Lee is used on the Stories of the Dukes of Hazzard album and casette.
I have three of the compartment plates. They are good for keeping your mashed potatoes away from your corn and meatloaf. Maybe fill one whole compartment up with ketchup when eating a grilled cheese sandwich, but what should I put the the third compartment? More ketchup! The tag is right, these are for kids of all ages, even 35 year old kids.
Next up is the soup bowl. I always assumed this was just a deep plate, It has the same pictures as the compartment plate.
Not a deep plate, but a bowl for soup or nuts. The 14 oz. Soup Bowl has the same tag as the other bowl and smaller cup, but not the same as the compartment plate and the larger cup. This tag thing is silly. Deka sure didn't want anyone using the lower rack when washing their products. I only have one of these soup or nut bowls. Nuts? Really?
The last two items seem to be a little more rare as I don't see them on ebay that often. I'd say the items I had as a kid, the larger cup, the mug, and the regular (non-nuts) bowl are the most common. This is a plate. It doesn't have a tag so I don't know the official name. I bet it's somewhere along the line as Decorative Plate. It uses the same group shot as the cups, mug, and bowl. It is the only item to use the rebel flag. It's a nice plate, but don't expect your corn to stay away from your mashed potatoes when eating on this plate--- there are no rules!
The Deka imprint can be seen on the back.
The final item is another bowl. This one is probably called the Decorative Cereal Bowl. It has the smallest decoration on it. It has yet another different picture of the General Lee in flight and it's only on the bottom. I only have one each of this bowl and the above plate. I haven't seen either of them offered on ebay in quite some time.
There is a bigger, somewhat distorted Deak imprint on the back as well.
I think most of these items were sold individually but also in packs. I have one Bowl and Mug set.
Shrink-wrapped together, the Bowl and Mug came with a nice sticker featuring the Deka Kids.
This particular set was originally sold for $1.29. That seems like quite a bargain. I wonder what other Deka items originally sold for.
Well many of mine still have price tags on them. A few of the cups were a dollar from Target, but K-Mart had them beat at 97 cents. The bowls were also a dollar.
I once saw a boxed set that included a cup, bowl, and mug on ebay, but I was outbid on it. That was probably a decade ago. I'm not sure if there are different sets that include multiple items, or if the Bowl and Mug set and that box set are the only ones. I think these are all the Deka products that were available, but there could be more. Does anyone else have any Dukes Deka Dinnerware products that I don't?