HADRILL & HORSTMANN 'Roller' counterpoised desk lamp, 1940s-1950s

The 'Roller' by British company Hadrill & Horstmann was an erstwhile contemporary of the famous Herbert Terry 'Anglepoise' lamp. Although less well known, it is arguably better engineered and more elegant. The rolling counterweight allows the head to be precisely set in any position without the need for springs.

This is quite an early example, probably dating to the late 1940s. Most of the components are aluminium alloy with the notable exception of the counterweight, which is cast steel. The alloy arms, knobs and brackets are chromium plated. The shade, base and yoke are finished in a coral beige paint.

The lamp has been completely disassembled and all components have been cleaned. The chromed parts have been hand polished, although there is some light bubbling and loss in places where the alloy has oxidised underneath. The other components have been refinished in a colour-matched acrylic paint. It retains its original bakelite bulb holder and has been rewired (and earthed) using silk braided flex.

Please note that this lamp has been sold, but other examples are available and can be prepared to order.

Shade diameter 125mm; base 150mm square; height (max) 850mm; reach (max) 700mm. Weight 3.1kg


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