Origin: British Period: Art Deco Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1930-40 The Base: 11.5 inches square Height: 29.25 inches (at maximum) Lens: 6 inches diameter
The large fully adjustable art deco period table magnifier with the anglepoise build in the original black finish with chrome mounts, having a thick and highly powerful lens, the whole standing on an attractively shaped fluted sectional cast iron base with stamped makers mark ‘ N&B Ltd Made in England’.
The condition is good. The magnifier moves freely in all positions and is flexible whilst holding its poise. Aesthetically it has no repairs or any kind of restoration work. One could polish the chrome and clean the iron base if so desired. The lense does not suffer from any chips or cracks though is a little grainy as is the chrome which has some natural pitting.
The Anglepoise lamp was designed by George Carwardine (1887-1948), an automotive engineer who designed a new type of spring, which could be moved easily in every direction, yet could also remain rigid when held in position. Terry produced the first version of the Anglepoise lamp, the 1208, in 1934 with four springs. It proved so popular that two years later Terry introduced a domestic version with three springs and an Art Deco-inspired three tier base, which looked more stylish than the single tier base of the 1208. This magnifier is a direct relation to that lamp and has all of the same attributes.