On January 23rd 1934 William Hermann Brenner Thornton, (on this occasion calling himself William Harry Thornton), applied for a second patent, no 432207. It was from this prototype that Goblin’s first commercial teawaker was derived. Continue reading 1934 William H B Thornton Prototype Teasmade 3
Goblin purchased the rights to William Hermann Brenner Thornton’s design, and manufactured the first commercial Goblin Teasmade in 1937. It was made of plywood, and a lampshade “of a pleasing and modern design” was included. The kettle was chrome plated and was fitted with a patented element. It was available in two versions, The Alarm Model and the Day Model, and buyers could choose from a cream, green or blue finish. Continue reading 1936 Goblin Teasmade
Goblin produced no teasmades during the war years. Manufacturing recommenced in 1947 with their second full production model, the Goblin D20, a fabulous design with styling reminiscent of the Art Deco period. We believe that about 7000 D20 units were manufactured each year until the D20 was replaced by the D21 in 1949. Continue reading 1947 Goblin Teasmade D20
The Goblin D21 was manufactured from 1949 to 1955, when it was replaced by the D25. It was similar in appearance to the D20, with its cream coloured textured paint, wooden tray and teasmade unit. The body was still plywood, but the tilting platform was now made of cast aluminium, rather than wood, and hinged on the left (teapot) side. Continue reading 1949 Goblin Teasmade D21
The D23 was a compact model with no integral teapot. It was the first model to carry the “Popular” model name. It was probably introduced in 1951. The D23 has a cream stove-enamelled, die-cast alloy body. The ‘Popular’ name was used for this basic teasmade style until around 1970. Continue reading 1951 Goblin Teasmade D23
The D23c was an automatic 700W coffee maker featuring a self starting 24 hour alarm movement, a luminous dial, a lampshade and a coffee percolator. Continue reading 1951 Goblin Teasmade D23c
The Goblin D24 Tele-T was a compact model which was introduced in 1953 and discontinued in 1958. This model was clearly marketed for use in the living room, so that you could make a cup of tea without leaving the comfort of your armchair or missing your favourite TV show, perfect for watching the coronation! Continue reading 1953 Goblin D24 Tele-T
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.
Production of the D25 began in 1955 and ended in 1960, when it was replaced by the D25b. Its Odeon styling was based on the D21 which it replaced. The main body of the teasmade was made from cream urea plastic (bakelite), with a matching cream tray. There was an orangey red Goblin figure on the front, and the alarm was now set on the top of the body. Continue reading 1955 Goblin Teasmade D25
In January 1960 Goblin was assessing redesign ideas for the D25. The goal was to achieve a design which incorporated a new style of kettle, a new platform mechanism along the lines of the D26 or an improved modification of this, and a new and less expensive clock movement. Continue reading 1960 Goblin Teasmade D25b
The Goblin D26b was made in about 1961. It was an updated version of the D26. It was discontinued in 1965.
The Goblin D28b was made in about 1961. It was an updated version of the D28 which was introduced in 1959. The series was eventually discontinued in 1965. Continue reading 1961 Goblin Teasmade D28b
The Goblin D28c was made in about 1962. No illustration available, sorry. It was an updated version of the D28 which was introduced in 1959. The series was eventually discontinued in 1965.
The Goblin D28d was made in about 1963. It was an updated version of the D28 which was introduced in 1959. The series was eventually discontinued in 1965.
The example illustrated was found on the internet, dated 1963. The body of the teasmade is pink, but it is otherwise identical in appearance to the 833.
The first production model of the D32 was ready for inspection in October 1966. Regrettably this had a fault – the spout did not fit into the teapot. The design must have been corrected quickly as the D32 went on sale that same year, for £17/5/-. Continue reading 1966 Goblin Teasmade D32
The Goblin Teasmade model D25c was manufactured from 1967. The kettle is similar to the D25b but has ball impressed feet. The platform is reversed from the previous model: the kettle on the left and the teapot on the right. This style and arrangement of teapot right and kettle left remained standard from this point onwards. The socket and plug, now on the other side, has a circular 3 pin internal earth. Continue reading 1967 Goblin Teasmade D25c
The D25c Queen Anne was manufactured in 1967. The Queen Anne came as a Gift Pack which cost £29.11.2 in 1970. It included a china teaset (two cups and saucers, a cream jug and a sugar bowl), which for at least part of the production run was Royal Albert Silver Maple. Continue reading 1967 Goblin Teasmade D25c Queen Anne
This deluxe model began development in 1965, but the first design was abandoned in January 1966 as it was not luxurious enough. A second attempt began early in 1966 with a target production date of June or July 1967 but the target date soon slipped due to competing projects. The favoured design, selected in March 1966, included a radio, which would probably be manufactured by Pye in Hong Kong. Continue reading 1967 Goblin Teasmade D30 and D33
The Goblin Teasmade model 833m was introduced in 1968. It replaced the D31 and uses the same circular clock and body. Later models feature a blushed aluminium clock face. Goblin reverted to the old square chrome on copper kettle.
This photo from website visitor Bill shows his 833m which is marked on the rear plate model 833m serial No 2378.
The Goblin Teasmade model 834m was introduced in 1968. It replaced the D32 and uses the same circular clock and body. Later models feature a blushed aluminium clock face. Goblin reverted to the old square chrome on copper kettle, with a short transfer tube, which discharged into a new square style teapot. No illustration at present.
The 815 was launched in 1969. The Goblin Teasmade 815 was originally made for hotels, but was later released for the retail market. (Date confirmed via Goblin Leatherhead records). This model had no clock, just a kettle and a teapot with an on/off switch, activated by the user. Technically, then, it is not a teasmade! Continue reading 1969 Goblin Teasmade 815
Development of the 833 completed at the end of 1968 and it was launched in 1969. It featured crisp styling in white plastic with an integrated translucent acrylic lamp unit. There was a brushed aluminium clock, fascia and lamp top, and a chrome-plated copper kettle of new design. Switches for light, tea-making and alarm were all set on the front. As with the D31 this model specified a 40w candle bulb. Continue reading 1969 Goblin Teasmade 833
The Goblin Teasmade model 834 was probably launched October 1970. Goblin Leatherhead records confirm that the 833 series which it replaced were still in production in October 1970. As with the D31 this model specifies a 40w candle bulb.
The first 835 production model came off the line in June 1970, and the new model was officially launched in October 1970. (Date confirmed via Goblin Leatherhead records). The 835 was given a substantial face-lift, with fashionable squared styling, and new side lights with white plastic angular covers, but it retained the same clock and movement as the outgoing D25d and the more recent 834. The detachable tray at the front of the unit was a new feature, designed to carry the cups and teapot up and down stairs. Continue reading 1970 Goblin Teasmade 835
The Goblin Teasmade model D25d was launched in 1970. It featured a modern brushed stainless steel clock face. The kettle and teapot were no longer set diagonally. The new style kettle and teapot, the same as those on the 834, had a short transfer tube leading to the spout of the teapot instead of to a feeder hole in the pot lid. The teapot had a black lid. The socket was the same circular type as on the D25c. Continue reading 1970 Goblin Teasmade D25d
The Goblin D25d Queen Anne was manufactured between 1970 and 1971. No illustration available as yet.
The Goblin Teasmade 835b probably appeared in 1971. The red neon light cover on this model is a dummy with no bulbholder or wiring. This is a hangover from the 835, which had a light which illuminated when the alarm sounded, now discontinued. This model had a variable volume buzzer.
The 835c went into production on December 6th 1971, replacing the 835b (as Goblin Leatherhead records confirm). The style was unchanged, except for a brown lower strip where the neon lens was. All the 835 variations continued to use the same large clock motor as the earlier models. Continue reading 1971 Goblin Teasmade 835c
In 1972 Goblin looked into the idea of manufacturing a Coffeesmade. In February 1972 a Development meeting decided that Sales should conduct a market research survey to investigate coffee drinking habits in the UK and Europe before coming to any conclusions and commencing design work. Continue reading 1972 Goblin Coffeesmade
The Goblin 834b was introduced in 1972. It featured a teapot detector, which had been requested by the hotel trade to prevent accidents. Continue reading 1972 Goblin Teasmade 834b
Production of the 843 began in Northern Ireland in August 1972. It had a new style of housing in beige with the clock face now printed on a polished aluminium fascia. The control was now achieved by a circular switch on a clear perspex cover. It continued to use the large brass clock motor, which had now been in continuous production since 1947.
Marketing materials described it:
Chrome on copper kettle makes four cups in your own teapot. Clear clock and simple dial switch – useful when you’re sleepy! Magnolia with opal lampshade. Base only 7″ by 8.5″
In October 1973 Goblin agreed that the 843 was to be replaced by a new model number, the 853. This new model was launched in Autumn 1974.
The 844 was a replacement for the 834b. Production of the 844 began in Northern Ireland in August 1972. It had a new style of housing in beige with the clock face now printed on a polished aluminium fascia. The control was now achieved by a circular switch on a clear perspex cover. It continued to use the large brass clock motor, which had now been in continuous production since 1947. Continue reading 1972 Goblin Teasmade 844
Goblin Teasmade 843b replaced the 843. It was introduced in 1973 and discontinued in 1975.
1974 Goblin Teasmade 844b was introduced in 1974 to replace the 844. It was discontinued in 1975.
The Goblin was launched 851 about 1974. This model was a simple unit with no clock or light. No picture available yet.
Goblin Teasmade model 852 was one of four new models which were launched in Autumn 1974, date confirmed via Goblin Leatherhead records. This was a replacement for the 815. It had no clock or light.
Doug describes his Goblin 852 Queen Anne Teasmade:
The 852 Queen Anne is a rare combination of basic unit with deluxe kettle and teapot. As the base does not have the 4 studs to locate the teapot, I thought it may have been made up from spare bits but I am now sure that it is a genuine Goblin model. The teapot is the only one ever fitted and the kettle is a unique combination of late type body with D25 style hoop transfer tube. These items would have been used in the D25d Queen Anne. Both models were probably run out together and excess items used to make the basic 852 more attractive to the hotel industry.
One of four new models which were launched in Autumn 1974. Date confirmed via Goblin Leatherhead records. This model replaced the Goblin 843. Continue reading 1974 Goblin Teasmade 853
One of four new models which were launched in Autumn 1974. (Date confirmed via Goblin Leatherhead records). I have seen many different versions of the 854 with slight variations in design or colour, including one with a flowery design on the teapot, and another with a Noryl plastic teapot. Continue reading 1974 Goblin Teasmade 854
The 855 was one of four new models which were launched in Autumn 1974. (Date confirmed via Goblin Leatherhead records). Like the 835c which it replaced, the 855 featured a magnolia body with a 45 degree wedge shaped front onto which a detachable tray could be slotted. Continue reading 1974 Goblin Teasmade 855
The Noryl teapot was introduced in 1974. I have lots of information on the Noryl teapot which will be added to the website soon. It was used for the Goblin model 854. Noryl was a new material developed by Engineering Polymers. It was also used for a Russell Hobbs kettle. The teapot was manufactured for Goblin by Wragby Plastics.
About 1975 Goblin Teasmade 850
The 854k was sold by Debenhams for £8.99p.
This photograph kindly of the 854w was supplied by Shane Rivett, in Australia.
The Goblin 855b dates from about 1975, tbc.
The Goblin 855k teasmade dates from about 1975. This model has a cream finish with the inset type teapot lid. I believe that the differences on this model are internal.
The Goblin Teasmade 855w dates from about 1975.
1977 Goblin Teasmade 850