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Antique & Vintage
Electric Fans / Water Powered Fans
& Other Alternative Fuel Powered Fans
If you have an interesting or unusual early electric fan , hot air fan, water powered fan, or other alternative power fans that that you want to sell please contact us by email at LCM@AntiqBuyer.com as we are always interested in new and different fans.
To see examples of antique fans and other antiques that we currently have for sale please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.com and visit the numerous sale pages you will find there. To see examples of fans I have bought and sold in the past find the appropriate link in the right hand column. To learn about the types fans we are interested in and can help you with see below.Battery Fans
The first electric fans were battery
powered. The Edison style fans motor pictured
the right or the Manhattan Battery Fan that is in the top left corner
of this page are prime examples of the types of
collectible antique electric fans that I want to buy or help you sell.
There are several other fan makers from right around the turn of the century
who made and marketed this type of early battery powered electric fans. All of them are of interest
DC Electric Fans
also interested in early electric fans that run on DC current.
is direct current, and many of the first fans commercially offered
for sale were designed first to run on direct current, and later to
run on alternating
current as well. My understanding is that Nicola Tesla was the force behind
alternating current, and that Edison pushed the idea of direct
current. Tesla's ideas behind how electricity was to be
delivered were adapted, and become the standard, but Thomas Edison
was more personable and a better business man and became far better
known . The story of how, and what
went on there can be found on other sites.
Electric Fans w/ Unusual Oscillators
Later fans that are of interest are going
to have unusual oscillating features or other unusual features that
make them stand apart from the norm. Some of these fans can go
up to 4 figures or more, but most common or typical fans even by good
makers made after the 20's struggle to sell for more than 100 or so.
An example of these would be green
fans with rear oscillators that date from the late twenties,
and most other typical looking fans from later than the 20's.
Unusual oscillators would be those operated with vans / using the
fans own breeze to move them back and forth, or what are known as
sidewinders, a fan with a very complex mechanical oscillator
attached to the side of the fan as opposed to the rear as is typical
on later fans.
I am also interested in other early or
vintage open frame or bi-polar electric
or fans similar to the early Westinghouse fan pictured on
the left. It is actually harder to find than the Edison motor
above, but does not sell for as much in most cases. As can be
seen the condition of this example is marginal which would hold it value
down considerably. It too is often found without a cage or
blade which also affects the value greatly.
Some vintage fans are powered by alternative sources
of power such as hot air or water. The Lake Breeze hot air fan / floor model to the right
that is driven by heat supplied by a kerosene or alcohol lamp, and
operates on the Sterling engine design are a prime example, and are sought
as well. The Lake Breeze came in both a floor model and a
couple of different desk top versions.
The fan just to the left is a water powered
fan, and all versions or examples of water powered fans
water powered motors are eagerly sought. The fan pictured here
is a double-headed fan with a blade and cage on both sides to blow cool
air in opposite directions. This style fan is typically referred
to as a partner fan and they also came as electrics.
Other antique electric fans that are
of interest date from roughly just before the turn of the century to
Some of the examples shown below are fans that we still use on hot days.
The big GE below on the right moves as much air as a whole house fan
and its breeze can be felt over 20' away. Another of the fans
shown below is nicknamed "the tank" because of the large, heavy circular
shape of the motor housing as opposed to earlier and thinner "Pancake"
motor fans. Skinnier and slimmer models with a larger diameter
motors are often referred to as having "pancake" motors, and these are
always of interest. Prices can fluctuate over a large range
depending on condition, model and other factors.
If you have similar antiques you would like to sell, please contact us at LCM@AntiqBuyer.com with details.To see examples of similar antiques that we currently have for sale please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.com and visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.