Goblin Teasmade, c 1935.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
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 of London later bought the patent rights and subsequently sold it under the Goblin Teasmade name. The machine retailed at £5 15s 6d and came with a set of two earthenware cups and saucers, a cream jug and a sugar basin.