Belling electric fire, 1913.

Image number: 10240940

Belling electric fire, 1913.

The fire is made up of six clay bars around each of which is wound a nickel-chrome wire element. This model also has a blue-enamelled iron cast, with a hinged trivet to support a kettle or pan. Electric fires had been available since about 1894 but were significantly improved by the invention of an alloy of nickel and chrome, which could withstand great heat.

Image number:
10240940
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:21
Image rights:
Science Museum