Complete front view after reconditioning a restoration done more than 15 years ago. Only minor touchup was needed. The paint job is smooth and shiny, but not too glossy. A very difficult paint job to accomplish since there are many tight spaces that are hard to reach. The feet looked a little crooked in this photograph, but they are not. The fan sits completely flat.
The interior is very clean and that includes the back side of the grills which would normally be rusted or otherwise corroded from age.
The blade is very light since the individual blades are made from fiberglass. The blade support is made of steel.
The stator has been reinsulated to protect the motor windings. All bare metal pieces have been coated with a specialized clear lacquer except for the motor internals.
The back of the front grill. Sand blasted 15 years ago and then painted with a metallic aluminum finish. It looks like bare metal and has turned out very nicely. The ring that holds the grill pieces is wrapped in an insulating foam material original to the fan.
The interior gutters that rest on the bottom of the fan have been touched up a little due to dirt discoloration. It is a likely source for corrosion due to water and most fans of this type have this problem. This one does not, but it looks rougher than it really is. Other areas of the gutters look a little smoother since they are not a likely candidate for corrosion.
Closeup view of the mica wound resistor that connects the "slow speed" switch position to the motor run capacitor located inside the tall cylinder pictured to the right. The wire leads have been labeled. The motor run capacitor has been replaced with a new one although the original is still available to the fan and shows no signs of defect. The capacitor and the motor windings tend to be the weak link on this type of fan and it is common that others of this type have caught on fire or just burnt out because they were not electrically safe. This one is electrically sound and poses no issue.
Backside of the fan shows a very smooth looking finish on the grill wires. The backside grill requires two people to remove : one to push outwards from the inside center, and one to push from the edges on the outside inward. It is a difficult task to remove and install. On the front and back of the motor housing are oil reservoirs that need only 8-10 drops of oil each per season of usage. Have run this fan once a year since the year 2002 for 300 to 400 hours straight without any problems. The bearings are in excellent shape and should last another 20 years or more.
Original label located on the back of the fan is made from aluminum.
Originally, the 4 rubber feet were partially split and needed to be repaired. What you see here is one of the repaired feet. The split was sewn together and then coated with synthetic rubber. Lastly, it was coated with a paint intented for vinyl and rubber. The closeup photo makes the foot look rougher than normal lighting conditions would indicate.
The original plug is made from a hard rubber and has a rubber coated carboard insert. The blades have been polished and are somewhat unusual. The plug is a little dusty in this photo.
The unattached handle is made from 2 pieces of plastic screwed together. The "Westinghouse" name is incised and filled with a white grease pen.
The handle attaches to the fan with 4 small screws and two rubber coated steel plates. Although a strong fit, it is reccommended that great care be taken when using the carry handle.
The back grill has a rubber ring which attaches to the grill. Originally found with many splits and defects and covered with peeling paint. Was cleaned with a rubber conditioner and recoated with a synthetic rubber and then coated with a paint intended for vinyl and rubber. It looks like and performs like new.
Right side view without handle.
Left side view without handle. Features a 12 foot cord.
Right side view with handle which has the ability to hold part of the cord in place through two spring loaded locking mechanisms.
Complete front showing cord wrapped and locked into place. The front badge is plastic and in excellent condition. Most of the time they are missing or are broken. The edge of the grill has a tiny nick in the paint job which has been repaired since this photo was taken.
A 1953 advertisement for the Westinghouse Riviera. Notice how they claim it is a 4-Way reversible fan when really it is only 2-Way. To make it reversible you just turn it around. Really?
1953 Westinghouse Mobilaire Riviera, Model 16RWF, Serial 1540GH
A collection of images from a finished recondition of a 15 year old restoration of a large "Atomic Age" vintage window electric fan. Features a 20" fiberglass blade and steel louvered design that was meant for industrial and commercial use. Runs quietly on both speeds. Painted to closely resemble the original paint job. Technically, it is not a "Mobilaire" model, but a "Riviera" model. Most people associate this model with the "Mobilaire" line of fans since the front badge says "Mobilaire". The front badge on this fan is believed to be original and may indicate an earlier version of this model.
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Valued in the range of $325 - $425.