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Teasmade

Teasmade

Early 1970s

2012.11

goblin

Today the teasmade* has become more of a cult item; however the idea of being woken up by an alarm clock that made a cup of tea was very popular, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s.

A quintessential British invention the first acknowledged teasmade was made in 1891 in Derby.  It used a gas ring and a pilot gas light to heat the water.  It wasn’t until electric versions were created in 1930s that the teasmade became at all viable. Over the years there have been several designs including different lamps and clocks. Later designs also included a radio.

This example of a Goblin teasmade, model 854, was made during the 1970s. It consists of a kettle and teapot along with a lamp and alarm clock and became one of the most popular models. It was purchased and used in Rugby throughout its useful life.

*The name teasmade is an example of a genericized trademark.  The term was introduced by Goblin but now refers  to any automatic teamaking appliance.