This is a very early electric room heater with its heating elements. The lamps would have emitted a comforting orange glow as well as heat. It marks an important stage in the development of domestic comfort for ordinary people.
Manufactured in the first light bulb factory at Benwell on Tynside, it was in the collection of my father-in-law who worked for the North Eastern Electric Supply Comaany all his life. Benwell was the first light bulb factory and was the result of pioneering work by Joseph Swan, supported by Lord Armstrong at Cragside.