Ah, Machine Age, why did you have to leave us?
That there is my eBay Find of the Week, an "Electric Fire" manufactured and sold in the UK, probably prior to World War II. (Interestingly enough it was manufactured by HMV, the record company.) Sexily named the Lincoln Model F3, it had a second heating element that could be switched on to augment the first, staving off that damp British chill. Parabolic aluminum fins reflected and distributed the heat.
Makes me wish I lived in the UK, as this thing is going for just 20 pounds (with no bids at press time). I'm sure one of our Brit readers'll snap it up.
Stay tuned for the bizarre origin story behind HMV's name and logo.