As my PAT (portable appliance test) certificates have expired, I have been getting Alan, my friendly local electrician, to re-test and certify all my stand electrics. An amazing 29 items plus two table lamps (Nazeing 16/1 and Bagley 742) from stock. l thought I had completed this marathon, when I remembered two Angus Sillars lamp bases tucked away in a box under the stairs.
Also I noticed that Frank has an unresolved plea for better photographs. So I thought I would kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.
Descriptions (heights measured to the flat ground top of the glass):
#1: 16" (405mm), 5lb 5oz (2.4kg), deep ruby and opaque white streaks running three quarters of the way up the glass, smooth three-sided profile, Strathearn seal, threaded fitting only.
#2: 11.5" (295mm), 4lb 4oz (1.9kg), clear glass, very pronounced ribs on the three angles with a sharp angle between the ribs and the body, Strathearn seal, chrome and ceramic unswitched BC lampholder stamped "MADE IN / S.I.&S / ENGLAND" with 5mm circular flex inlet hole.
So, first I have to photograph them for http://www.ysartglass.com
, and then get them sorted out properly and PAT certified to make them saleable. I am not sure whether the original lampholder on #2 can be modified with the addition of an earth terminal (the preferred option) or if it will have to be replaced.
Which all brings me around to the point of this topic. To enable me to get as close as possible to the original lamp as sold back in 1972 - 7? and comply with today's electrical standards, I need to know what type and colour of flex and in-line switch (if any) to use. So, if you own or know of one or more of these lampbases with some or all original fittings, please would you post here or email me full details of the lampholder, flex, and any in-line switch. Also I need some idea of what sort of lampshade was supplied with these lamps.
I would be grateful for any contribution. Thanks, Bernard C.