Heater, Electric

An electric Belling Fire heater made of brass with a copper hood. It generates heat by using three ceramic plates at the front, each of which has five wire coils running horizontally across them. The wire heats up the ceramic plates. The heater has imitation coals on top and a decorative brass front with a switch on either side of the ceramic plates. It stands on four legs, the font two run as pillars up the sides and finish with decorative top.

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Electric fires became an important part of domestic life in the early twentieth Century when a post-war labour shortage resulted in the increase of ‘servant-less homes’.
Belling Electric Fires, with all the aesthetic cheer of a traditional fire, first appeared in England in 1912 and were so representative of this transition to electrical heating that its advertisement came with the warning:
“This fire is warmed by electricity so do not use a poker”.
This particular Belling Fire heater was presented to Pukekura Park kiosk during the 1930s at the time of opening.
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