Herbert Terry Anglepoise Lamp History

The first version of the anglepoise lamp the 1208 was produced by herbert terry sons in 1934 with four springs. Is established in 1855 manufacturing springs and presswork.

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Herbert terry anglepoise lamp history. George carwardine 1887 1947 was a car designer and at the time he invented the anglepoise lamp a freelance design consultant specialising in vehicle suspension systems. The design was viewed as having a great deal of potential and so terry s licenced the design from george and began to manufacture the anglepoise 1208 in 1933 which used 4 springs. Herbert terry established in 1855 herbert terry and sons spent their early years manufacturing springs and presswork for traders.

In 1932 automotive engineer george carwardine develops a formula for a new type of spring the blueprint for an anglepoise. As the 1920s hit terry began developing a wide range of products including toast racks pen holders bicycle saddles and the key to anglepoise s success. The 4 spring model 1208.

After two four spring 1208 1209 anglepoise lamps were included in a 1936 shipment of sewing machines jacobsen approached herbert terry and sons and negotiated a license to manufacture and distribute a version of the lamp from oslo under the name luxo. 1933 company made public. By 1935 the lamp was a huge success and a light design was needed for a more domestic application so the 3 spring anglepoise 1227 was born.

This is a little misleading because while it is the first lamp produced by herbert terry and sons and thus the first to carry the anglepoise name george carwardine actually briefly produced a version of the lamp under his own. The luxo l1 was launched in 1938. He took his idea to herbert terry sons a company in redditch worcestershire that manufactured springs and the first anglepoise lamp was launched.

This site is primarily focused on the 1227 which while it was perhaps the most iconic anglepoise was by no means the first. Model 1227 1935 1938 features a solid three tiered base that was painted. Carwardine turns to springmakers herbert terry sons to manufacture the first anglepoise lamp.

In 1932 when vehicle suspension engineer george carwardine 1887 1947 invented a spring crank and lever mechanism that could be positioned with the lightest of touch yet would maintain its position once released a blueprint for the first anglepoise task lamp was born. While developing new concepts for vehicle suspensions he created a mechanism which he recognised had applications in other fields. Family company herbert terry and sons ltd.

The 1208 1209 and other early anglepoise s. It proved so popular that one year later the company introduced a new version the model 1227 with three springs and an art deco inspired three tier base that looked more domestic than the single tier base of the 1208. In 1935 carwardine and terry s create a 3 spring anglepoise the original 1227 the archetypal anglepoise.

Most information on the web will tell you that the first was in fact the anglepoise 1208. The fork block says the anglepoise made by herbert terry sons on the front. The fork is separated into different components and the centre block was often chrome plated.

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