Tag: Anglepoise

Anglepoise 1209

Anglepoise 1209

I’ve added another model to my collection, an earlier style this time in the original 4 spring 1209 design

The 1208 & 1209 are virtually identical with the 1208 featuring chrome arms and the 1209 featuring colour co-ordinated arms and came in 3 forms either the standard base, wall mounted or table fixed base with the later 2 suffixed with A & B respectively.


This model is a post war 1209, it has coloured aluminium arms, the shorter base and the screw attachment on the lamp holder.

It has a few issues that will need to be fixed before it can be fully restored and back working, the worst of which is the break on the lower end of the rear arm. This is going to need some machining to manufacture a new part and blend it in so that it doesn’t look out of place. The plan is to machine an insert that will fit into the end of the arm, it will need a square profile to match the arm but I plan a round profile where it inserts into the arm to give a larger space for brazing material to hold them together.

The other area that needs some work is again on the lower bracket, this time at the front its missing a couple of spacers, the plastic inserts are clearly an improvised solution and had clearly been assembled badly restricting the movement of the arms. Some damage is visible where they have rubbed together but hopefully this will smooth out easily and more or less disappear once painted.


Anglepoise Information Sources

Anglepoise Information Sources

I’ve tried to credit sources as I’ve refered to them but in case I missed any here is an overview of the sources I’ve used.

30 Something – http://www.30-something.co.uk
This is a retailer of various new and vintage lights with a huge range of spare parts and tools for repairing and restoring the Anglepoise lamps.

Twelve Twenty Seven – https://twelvetwentyseven.wordpress.com
Harry Langworthy has produced a superb resource with lots of excellent information on the 1227 and the best dating guide I’ve found.

Relight Lamps – http://www.relightlamps.com
These guys have produced a superb resource of step by step restoration guides and videos covering just about everything for a 1227 restoration.

Vintage Anglepoise Lamps – https://sites.google.com/site/vintageanglepoiselamps/home
This is a site with a lot of information on the early 1208 / 1209 models both original Cardine and later Herbert Terry versions.

Anglepoise Type 75

Anglepoise Type 75

I’ve found the information available online for the Type 75 and Type 90 lamps very limited so I will try to document the units I’ve got and help others. The limited information I have found differenciates the Type 75 as having a rear mounted rocker switch and the Type 90 as a rear mounted push switch.

Starting from the top down…

Lamp Shade, bulb holder & switch

The shade is the most obvious difference to the earlier 1227 model with a much smoother shape. It attaches to the upper arm by a new fitting with a cylindrical barrel that limits the up / down pitch of the shade but offers a cleaner appearance than the 1227. The bulb holder is mounted on a bracket inside the shade, attached using the screws coming through from the arm attachment. The final area is the rear of the shade, this is attached with a spring clip and holds the power switch.

Arms & Springs

The arms are virtually identical to the late 1227 versions with the plastic tension bar and bushes. The big difference is the lack of the spacer normally found 2/3rds up the lower arms. The spings like the arms are virtually identical to the previous model.

U Section

A much more rounded shape to the arms as well as the bottom of the U compared to earlier models but with the same distinctive shape overall and mounting positions. The Herbert Terry ID badge is similar to the earlier version but the reverse is a simpler “ANGLEPOISE TRADE MARK” marking.


The base is a smooth domed shape with a similar construction of cast sub-base and coloured cover as the 1227.

Anglepoise Paint Stripping & Cleaning

Anglepoise Paint Stripping & Cleaning

I’ve again refered to the excelent guide from Relight Lamps for this one (http://www.relightlamps.com/home/how-to-paint-strip-an-anglepoise-1227-lamp/).

The Dettol seems a very safe and realtively cheap option if slightly inefficient and although working very well on the shade and lower arms didnt work so well on the upper arm or base but with repeated treatment and a little mechanical removal (scrubbing with a scotch pad) the arms cleaned up. For the base I borrowed a small amount of industrial stripper that did the same as the dettol had in 3 days in about 30 seconds. It is apparently safe for aluminium so may be an alternative for next time.

Alongside stripping the paint I wanted to clean the other parts, bolts, spacers, springs etc. I have an ultrasonic cleaner and use a solution called Biox for cleaning other chrome plated parts and so used this for the small Anglepoise items. It worked perfectly and the images below show the difference.

The spring took a bit more cleaning and after the first treatment in the ultrasonic I scrubbed it with the scotch pad, the image below shows half cleaned and have as it came out of the ultrasonic. After scrubbing them I put them springs back in the ultrasonic for a second treatment and repeated the scrubbing. They arent perfect and the inside of the spring is still quite rusty but hopefully with a 3rd treatment and a wire pipe cleaner this should improve.

Anglepoise Disassembly

Anglepoise Disassembly

I’m not going to write a complete guide as the guys at Relight Lamps have a good resource here (http://www.relightlamps.com/home/take-apart-anglepoise-1227-herbert-terry-lamp/) and even a video showing the complete process.

Here are a few of my notes to add, I tried to photogragh each stage and the parts that came out in the order they came apart, not just for record but to remind me how they should go back together.

Anglepoise 1227 Cream

The nuts and bolts on the arms turned out to be 3/16th inch, this wasnt an issue as they were relatively loose and I had a suitable socket but I’ll need to get a second one to tighten them properly when complete.

Nut Size Spring Removal Hinge Parts

The nut on the bottom of the base has been more difficult to identify, it’s slightly bigger than 1/2″ but not as big as the next socket so I made do with an adjustable and will measure it properly later to source a socket.

Anglepoise 1227

Anglepoise 1227

Certain products have a timeless appeal, whether its a particular aesthetic, an innovative design or just simply have a cool factor. One such product for me is the Anglepoise lamp, I’ve had an affection for this style of lamp since it bounced into my life in the opening scenes of a Pixar movie. Since then I’ve gone on to study engineering with an emphasis on design and the lust for these lamps has grown until I finally found one on eBay at a suitable price (not £200 that some sell for) and bought it.

Black Anglepoise 1227

Thanks to a great blog, (TwelveTwentySeven) I’ve been able to roughly date my lamp to the 1950’s with a 2 step base with steel cover over the cast base and wider shade, the other identifying feature is the metal adjustment bar about 2 inch up the lower arms. The “V” shape at the connecting the base to the arms is inscribed on one side with “THE ANGLEPOISE PAT IN UK AND ABROAD” and on the other with “MADE BY HERBERT TERRY & SONS LTD REDDITCH ENG” but sadly both of these are quite faded.

The bulb holder is clearly not original and I presume the cable has also been replaced over the years, the shade has a few dents and the paint has clearly been “touched” up so not entirely original.

20150611-0006 20150611-0005 Name Plate Name Plate

The wiring was in a fairly terrible state with the plug loose, no cable clamp, the fuse rattling in the holder and the live cable held by a single strand. The cable is only 2 core so no earth and looks worryingly like speaker cable then the bulb holder was equally as loose and the cable poorly secured. As a temporary fix I’ve replaced the plug and refitted the bulb holder.

So what now, well it works but it needs a really good clean to see what condition its really in. As mentioned the paint has been touched up at least and the damage to the makers name could suggest sanding for a previous restoration. The springs look in reasonable condition just very grubby and the wiring definitely needs replacing so it does need some work.

I’ll keep a log of what I do and update this as I go.


I havent made much progress with the original lamp i bought, other than putting it on the desk and using it. I have however gone and bought a second light which will be the subject of the first restoration project.

The new one is a cream version, and although not to my taste cosmetically its is possibly in a slightly better condition than the black version. It also has the original adjustable spring holders which I now realise the black one doesn’t.