Teasmade automatic tea-making machine

Made:
1932

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The original "Teasmade" automatic tea-making machine, comprising cream-painted wooden base and electric clock with lamp socket, chrome-plated cubic electric kettle with patented element no.388911, and earthenware teapot with brown mottled glaze.

This version of a tea making machine, or "tea waker", was invented by engineer W.H. Brenner Thornton who subsequently sold the patent (414,088 1934) to the British Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Co. Ltd. who marketed it under the Goblin Teasmade name. This was one of the first successful commercial automatic tea maker, of which this is the original prototype.

Details

Category:
Domestic Appliances
Object Number:
1970-383
credit:
Brenner Thornton, William Hermann