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16 December, 2008 at 1:04 am (not so ancient devices) (, , , )

Science Museum/Science & Society Picture

Science Museum/Science & Society Picture

This is the best tea-maker I have ever seen and, dangerous or not, I wish this was a photo from my kitchen!  Here is the blurb from the Science Museum, where I will have to visit it until someday I make my own:

The original design of this machine was built by Albert E Richardson, a clockmaker from Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. The patentee of the machine and maker of this example, Frank Clarke, a Birmingham gunsmith, purchased the original machine and all rights to it from Richardson for an undisclosed sum. It was heated by methylated spirits which would be lit by the automatic striking of a match. This action was initiated by the sounding of the alarm clock, which rang again when the tea was ready. A wooden base holds the alarm clock, kettle tilter and methylated spirit stove. Although ingenious, the heavy reliance on the match being lit at the correct time made the machine potentially dangerous. Made by the Automatic Water Boiler Co.

Quick, get the teapot:

Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

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6 Comments

  1. phoenix said,

    Only one cuppa?

  2. blue-eyed crow said,

    Good point, I will make mine larger. 😉

  3. kat said,

    ooooh i want one as well.

  4. blue-eyed crow said,

    I’ll just have to make a bunch of them!

  5. How to Sell Art Online said,

    Pretty wild invention!

  6. blue-eyed crow said,

    But best for fire-proof homes, it seems.

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