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1965 Russell Hobbs Electric Tea Maker

Russell Hobbs 1965 Tea Maker Brown and Clover
Russell Hobbs 1965 Tea Maker Brown and Clover

The Russell Hobbs Tea Maker was marketed in 1965. It is a fascinating device. For a long time I knew of it as only as a tea maker, but I later discovered that an optional alarm clock with a bakelite-like finish could be plugged into the teamaker on one side and a bedside lamp on the other, making this model Russell Hobbs’ first foray into the teasmade market.

The tea maker came in two finishes, a plain deep brown, called ‘Sepia Black’, and a delicate clover design named “Thrift”. Electric coffee jugs were also available in both of these finishes.

An assortment of china could be purchased to co-ordinate with the tea makers. The boxed “morning teaset” comprised a pair of cups and saucers, a sugar basin, a cream jug, and a ‘slop basin’, on which you could place either the water container or the teapot lid, whichever was not in use.