Automatic tea-making machine

Made:
1902-1910 in Birmingham
maker:
Automatic Water Boiler Company
patentee:
Frank Clarke

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Automatic tea-making machine, comprising wooden base which holds the alarm clock, kettle tilter and methylated spirit stove, with flat oval-shaped copper kettle, patented by Frank Clarke of Birmingham, in 1902 (pat.15,170) and made by the Automatic Water Boiler Co., Birmingham, England, 1902-1910.

Marketed as "A Clock Which Makes Tea", this machine is an early version of the tea-making alarm clocks which later became known as "Teasmades".

Details

Category:
Domestic Appliances
Object Number:
1961-6
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (alloy), glass, mahogany (wood) and metal (unknown)
type:
kettle - vessel
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • timepiece
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Mawer, L.