Welcome to twelve twenty seven: A Place to find information and links about the famous Anglepoise 1227


 (Image courtesy of 30-something.co.uk)

I’m Harry Langworthy, an illustrator based in the South West of the U.K. As well as drawing I have had a love affair with a lamp. As strange (and if I’m honest worrying) as this may sound it is for a good reason, because the lamp in question is the iconic 1227 Anglepoise.

For me it started around the same time I first picked up a drawing pen, when at a young age I found an 1227 at the local dump. I’ve drawn by the light of nothing else since then.  To me the 1227 typifies what great design can be at its best: elegant, simple, functional but more than anything else something that changes how we do everyday tasks and makes us wonder what did we do before it came along?

Anglepoise lamps have become highly sort after, however there’s a lot of misinformation and plenty of mis-selling going on. On this site you will find information to help date different models as well as the story of their history and evolution. You’l also find information on restoration including links to places where you can get spares or if your not quite that adventurous to get someone else to do it for you, or even buy a new one!

My thanks to the lovely people at 30something for the kind permission to use their photos and for their ongoing help and advice.

All information is based on my very limited experience and internet research and the kind advise of people who know much more than I do! Much of what is here may be inaccurate. Also I am not a restorer. If You would like to visit my illustration site please click here

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8 thoughts on “Welcome to twelve twenty seven: A Place to find information and links about the famous Anglepoise 1227

  1. I have a 1227, found in a loft I was clearing out for a customer. It’s (by looking at your blog) a 60’s version in black. Not bad condition and its a keeper, not planning on selling it but expect someone would want it.

    Thanks for the info.
    Monty

  2. Hey, i have a three step anglepoise, which appears in all respects to follow your general guidelines for it being authentic, except it doesnt have an earth screw in the three piece base. The stamp on one side reads ” THE “ANGLEPOISE” PATS PENDING S.AF. PAT NO 90/35″ and on the other side reads “MADE BY HERBERT TERRY ANS SONS LTD, REDDITCH. ENGLAND”
    There is no hole at all so there has never been an earth screw, yet everything else tallies with your guidelines. Searching through the net, i have seen several other original 1227 three steps that also dont have an earth screw, and this being what appears to be an early 1935 model, i wonder if the earth screw might have been an update to later three step models. I’d appreciate your feedback, thanks, Regards Simon

    • Hello again,
      thanks for your reply, i appreciate your comments, although i’m not sure i agree with your conclusions. I have since found two other instances of this version of the three step 1227 for sale, both of which describe it as the earliest edition. The interesting part to me (apart from the lack of earth screw) is the “patents pending” stamp on the three piece base. All the three steppers with the earth screw have classic “Anglepoise” and “Herbert Terry” stamps, and are “Patented”, and it would appear to me that if the base has “patents pending” on it, and it being a three piece, then it would naturally be earlier than the earth screw versions. Absolutely everything else on my lamp is classic original, with steel arms, large knurled mid section tensioner, small bolt at the lamp shade wrist, heavy single cast three step base with wrinkle finish, pinhole lamp shade etc etc. There is also an old company name plate fixed to the base ( J. CLARKE & CO LTD (succrs) 8 DONEGALL SQUARE WEST, BELFAST) who were suppliers of surgical instruments throughout the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Anyway, perhaps i could send a picture or two if you have an email address? Love your site by the way, its an excellent source of information
      Simon

      • Hi again,

        Thanks for sendng the photos over, really interesting. While it’s difficult to say for sure, having seen the photos I would tend to agree wth you. Your lamp does indeed look very original and the “patents pending” vs “patented” makes alot of sense.

        There’s a chance that the difference could, in part at least, come down to tooling in the factory and what was to hand at the time. It’s possible a few lamps like yours left the factory alongside those with the large earth screw. I only say that because this seems to have been the case though out the production of the 1227 and at times there was alot of variation and crossover between different materils and versions. Since I set up the site I’ve seen quite a few photos and heard from people much more knowledgeable than myself. It seems that there’s indcators of age and authenticity but there are generally a few exeptions to every rule!

        I’m really glad you like the site, I’m no expert, just an entusiast at the end of the day! Thanks again for sending the photos, would you mind if at some point I used them on the site? I would credit you of course. Also just out of interest where did you see other examples like your lamp?

      • Thanks, glad you tend to agree, although i’m also aware of the fact that these “rules” us collectors have created were not necessarily adhered to at the actual time of manufacture, and that parts often tended to be thrown together as demand required. The patents pending bit, is the most interesting to me though, i cant fathom what the S.AF part means, but by general patenting rules, the 90/35 would tend to indicate that it was a patent from some part of 1935 at least, which is generally accepted as about the time that the three step 1227 production started. I cant find those other references again at the moment but one was on one of those live auction sites, and the other was on a designer outlet site. I’ll post on the blog as soon as i find them again. The overriding comment on all of the above seems to be that as far as i can see, an original three step 1227 WITH “patents pending 90/35” and WITHOUT an earth screw facility appears to be quite a rare thing, perhaps the rarest 1227 of all???

      • Hey again, just found one of those references i talked about, and its on one of your link sites, 30something. Its a “sold” item and was described as “Bakelite 3 step rare Herbert Terry Anglepoise”, and within the description it says “This is a very early example having no earth screw on the rear of the fork”
        Simon

  3. Thank you!

    Being on 30something I’m certain iys crrect they really know thei onions! By the looks of it it is indeed the very rarest of all 1227’s and is therefore something very special indeed! I will amend the site to reflect this. Thanks again its always great to developthe story a bit futher!

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