Herbert Terry Anglepoise Lamps
Herbert Terry Anglepoise lamps are a style of articulated lamps that were manufactured in the early-1930s by Herbert Terry & Sons.
Brief history & description
Designed by the English automotive inventor and engineer, George Carwardine, the Anglepoise was conceived based on the “constant tension” principle of human limbs. Drawing on previous articulated light systems, the Anglepoise deployed a single fixed beam attached to springs and pivoting arms that could be repositioned easily, but remained in place when released.
The springs of the lamps were supplied by Herbert Terry & Sons of Redditch, who, seeing the designs’ potential, began production of the Anglepoise in 1934.
Guide to collectors
Today, Anglepoise lamps are almost universally known as Luxo lamps, which is Latin for “I give light.” However, collectors should be aware that Luxo lamps were actually produced by a Norwegian company, also called Luxo, and were produced from 1938. While the profile of the two lamps is almost identical, genuine Anglepoise lamps were manufactured by Herbert Terry & Sons from 1934 and their trademark can be located at the base of the lamp.
Herbert Terry & Sons Anglepoise lamps can be obtained from numerous establishments, ranging from online bidding sites to international and national auction houses. As a general rule, Anglepoise lamps are priced from $200 to $600 at auction houses, however, examples have sold for over $1,500. In February 2012, there were a handful of genuine Herbert Terry & Sons Anglepoise lamps on eBay and prices ranged from $200 to $400.
In September 2008, an Anglepoise lamp, designed by George Carwardine and made by Herbert Terry & Sons, circa 1938, realised a price of €2,000 through Von Zezschitwz Art & Design Auctions, Munich.
In May 2005, a pair of George Carwardine designed Anglepoise lamps, made by Herbert Terry & Sons, circa 1938, realised a price of $550 through Burchard Galleries Inc., Florida.
In May 2000, at Christie’s in London, an Anglepoise lamp, designed by George Carwardine and made by Herbert Terry & Sons, circa 1932, realised a price of £1,293.
In June 2011, a George Carwardine designed Anglepoise lamp, made by Herbert Terry & Sons in 1934, realised a price of €813 through Christie’s, Paris.