Category Archives: 1950

1954 Goblin Teasmade D26

The Goblin D26 was introduced in 1954 to replace the unsuccessful D23. The alarm was a traditional 12 hour system. Initially the D26 made use of the last of the D23 bodies, then a new bakelite version was introduced. The clock too was replaced, to match that of the new the D25, which was launched in 1955. The wiring remained with a two pin kettle socket with an external earth. The D26 was later replaced by the Goblin D26b, and the series was discontinued in 1965.

1954 Pifco 1045

In 1954 Teesmade Engineering entered into an agreement with Pifco, to produce their two pre-existing models in the Pifco name. These became the Pifco 1045 and 1047. Teesmade Engineering not only manufactured the units but also provided after sales care. There is a label on the underside of many units giving the address for spares and service as 52 Lansbury Drive, Hayes, Middlesex, Tel Hayes 0661, and asking customers to ship the kettle only if only that item required repairs. Continue reading 1954 Pifco 1045

1954 Pifco 1047 Tea-o-Matic

In 1954 Teesmade Engineering entered into an agreement with Pifco, to produce their two pre-existing models in the Pifco name. These became the Pifco 1045 and 1047 Tea-o-Matic. Teesmade Engineering not only manufactured the units but also provided after sales care. There is a label on the underside of many units giving the address for spares and service as 52 Lansbury Drive, Hayes, Middlesex, Tel Hayes 0661, and asking customers to ship the kettle only if only that item required repairs. Continue reading 1954 Pifco 1047 Tea-o-Matic

1957 Metamec 850

In around 1957, having made clocks for Teeboy and Pifco, Metamec launched their own teasmade, the model A850. This was arranged like the Goblin Popular with a lamp, a kettle and a round clock. It sold for £9.17.6. It was discontinued in December 1959.

1957 Practical Mechanics Tea Maker

In February 1957 Practical Mechanics Magazine featured an article on building your own teasmade which suggests using a Smiths Callboy alarm clock and a 750w Pifco kettle (model number not given but probably issued as a spare for the 1045 or 1047). The writer, A S Neale, suggests mounting the teawaker onto a bedside table (as illustrated), complete with a lovely rectangle of formica upon which to stand your hot cup. Continue reading 1957 Practical Mechanics Tea Maker