Erpe Desk Lamp Model 52
Materials: Cast iron, black painted iron. Brass and porcelain socket. Bakelite lampshade, white painted inside.
Height: 42 cm / 16.53” – adjustable
Width: 22,2 cm / 8.74”
Width base: 19,7 x 9,7 cm / 7.75 x 3.81”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1920s – 1950s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Erpé or Erpe, Belgium.
Erpé was the name of the company. They made many industrial desk lamps in the same style. This one is model 52. At some point the name Erpé on the lamps was changed into Erpe.
Erpe is a sub-municipality of Erpe-Mere near the city of Aalst in Belgium but it’s got nothing to do with this brand. I contacted the history society of Erpe-Mere and they asked their members if somebody knew anything about a light factory with the same name and nobody ever heard of it.
Also a search in the Belgian Official Journal (Belgisch Staatsblad – Moniteur Belge) gave no result. Only a restaurant in Brussels with the name Erpe was found, it ended business in 2006. The database of the Belgian Official Journal contains corporate references to publications from January 1, 1983, so the Erpe light company was already gone at that time. To be continued…
Links (external links open in a new window)
History Society of Erpe (in Dutch) – Heemkundige Kring Erpe-Mere vzw
Belgian Official Journal (in Dutch and French)