1980 - Hilda Hadley receives a Goblin Teasmade for her retirement present, a popular gift at the time.
In 1891 Samuel Rowbottom applied for a patent for his Automatic Tea Making Apparatus,which required a gas pilot light to be lit at all times. In the 1950s Goblin trademarked the Teasmade name and produced several safer versions of the product, most famously the model D25.
The Teasmade has been a popular British icon for over a century, with dozens of incarnations and concepts. The original idea of using steam from the boiling water to force the water out through a tube into the teapot isstill used today.
Teasmades generally include an analogue alarm clock and are designed to be used at the bedside, to ensure tea is ready first thing in the morning. Although crude versions existed in Victorian times, they only became practical with the availability of electric versions in the 1930s.
Has its own entry in the Oxford Dictionary:
- Pronunciation: /’ti:zmeid/
- Definition of Teasmade in English: noun
- Trademark: An automatic tea-maker.