Goblin 'Teasmade', c 1945.
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Goblin Teasmade, model D26, 200-250V, manufactured by the British Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Company Ltd. The Goblin automatic tea-maker was invented by W H Brenner Thornton and William Hermann who first patented it in 1934. The British Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Company Ltd of London later bought the patent rights and subsequently sold it under the Goblin Teasmade name. The teasmade incorporates an alarm clock. Just before the alarm sounds, boiling water is forced down the metal pipe into the waiting teapot (not shown).