The Goblin Teasmade would often be found on the bedside table in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It is an electric appliance, where an alarm would be set for the water in the kettle to automatically boil and transfer to the teapot. This meant that you did not have to leave the comfort of your bed to enjoy your first morning cup of tea. Everything was done for you except for pouring milk or adding sugar. This model pictured would have had a detachable tray on the front for your teacups, saucers, milk jug and sugar bowl.

This model dates from 1970 & has an earthenware teapot, chrome on copper kettle all sat upon a plastic base. It has side lights, a clock with luminous hour and minute hands. The alarm clock has an adjustable volume.
Tea-makers had been around since the late 19th century but these always involved naked flames.

With the increase of electricity and high levels of tea consumed Goblin, (part of the British Vacuum Cleaner Company) invented their first electric teasmade in 1936. By the 1980’s this item wasn’t as popular & Goblin sold the company to Swan. Swan still make teasmades and due to digital and smart technology are starting to make a comeback.

Key theme(s):

Home & Garden

More information:

Date 1960s, 1970s
Material(s) CopperPlasticCeramic
Item number MBPO217

Questions to help you remember using this item

  • Have you ever owned a teasmade?
  • Did you get it to make tea or coffee?
  • Would you have one now?

User Stories

My parents had a Goblin Teasmade and religiously set it for 6am every morning. I remember there would be a tray with bone china teacups & they would take a jug of milk up when they went to bed at night. They would have their cup of tea in bed and then head out to sort out the chickens and ducks that they kept. – Lucy

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