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Pfäffle Leuchten Desk Lamp

Materials: Orange/red metal round (iron) base. Metal counterweight inside. White painted metal lid. Rectangular black and white switch. Chrome gooseneck, orange/red rod. Round orange/red-painted aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. Bakelite socket.

Lampshade: ∅ 12,4 x  19,7 cm / 4.88 x 7.75”

Height: 41,9 cm / 16.49” – adjustable

Base: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Robert Pfäffle KG., Elektrotechnische Fabrik, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.

Other versions: This Pfäffle Leuchten desk lamp was made in several colours. The lampshade was used for several other models. This lamp is model 224. It is NOS (new old stock) and it has the VDE quality mark label still attached to it. The VDE mark is meant to indicate safety and quality in electrical technologies.

Pfäffle Leuchten

In 1909 Robert Pfäffle founded an office for electrical engineering and wholesale for electrical consumer goods in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The town is near the Austrian border on the eastern edge of the Black Forest.

After 1949, the company was continued in the form of a limited partnership. The “Robert Pfäffle KG electrical and lighting equipment factory” mainly produced table and bedside lamps, wall and mirror lights under the “Erpes” brand, as well as universal tube lamps, ceiling and floor lamps.

After the insolvency proceedings were opened in 1984, the cancellation took place in the commercial register in 1986.

The most well known lamp and the biggest success for the company is a desk lamp with a digital clock and alarm from the 70s, the Chronolux, a Knox design. The lamp was produced in many variations and for a long time.

1970s Pfäffle Leuchten desk lamp. Red/orange round base, chrome gooseneck E27 socket - label

1970s Pfäffle Leuchten desk lamp. Red/orange round base, chrome gooseneck E27 socket