Box fans typically aren't great collectors items, but this one is something else. Have only seen a handful of these since the year 2010. A somewhat rare fan that happens to be in excellent condition. There is no sign of corrosion anywhere on the fan. All steel construction with a very strong motor and stylish lines makes for a surprisingly nice fan that is also quite heavy.
Hard to say exactly what color it is as the entire fan is made of multiple colors that blend together very well. The front side of the blade and grills are a different color than the back sides. Brown and cream with hints of green seem to be the main color scheme. The grills are wrapped in heat shrink tubing in order to protect the paint job from the spring action of the retaining clips.
Front view without grill. Interior is very clean, but may show some discoloration that has happened over a period of decades.
Back view without grill. The fan housing has a more consistent color than the blade and grill pieces.
The six rubber grommets that act as feet for the housing fit well, but are not tight. They would only last a few years if they were a tight fit. On the bottom of the fan the rubber grommets are twice the height than they are on the side you see here.
The handle is a cream color with no apparent green tint as the blade has. The housing is a medium brown, but may look greenish depending on the viewing monitor.
The body seams look very good and show no signs of corrosion.
The switch is a three position up/down toggle switch. The label is made from aluminum.
The other side of the fan view. The original paint was clear coated with lacquer and smoothed out; and as such, it may appear a little shinier than it should. This can be buffed out if desired.
Most of the paint touch up ocurred here and on the grills. The bottom is very clean and smooth.
The front side of the blade is cream in color and matches the color of the handle. There is a tiny amount of missing paint next to a rivet on the right blade. An oversight that is easily fixed.
The backside of the blade has a more greenish hue to it that the front side doesn't have. The center black ring is actually a rubber cylinder that surrounds the inner part of the motor shaft receptacle. Extending outward are a couple of sharp prongs that look like they may have connected to the bottom blade riveted piece. Have seen a few of these fans and all of them have this configuration.
The front badge of this Schwitzer-Cummins fan was made for Montgomery Wards to be sold in their stores. It is made of stamped aluminum and has a piece of packing foam behind it to keep the badge from rattling when the fan is in use. In this way, the tabs that hold it on to the grill don't need to be crimped unnecessarily. You only get a handfull of bends with thin gauge aluminum before the tabs become weak and eventually break off.
The label is original to the fan and has been wrapped in a plastic sleeve and attached with a water soluble glue stick.
The motor has been disassembled and cleaned. The oil channels have been cleaned out. The motor windings have also been reinsulated.
The rotor was polished more than 7 years ago and today it is not quite as shiny.
The bottom of the rotor shows 6 holes drilled in a serpentine fashion which acts as an air cooling system for the motor.
Original disassembly shows the aluminum coil housing with a dirty yellowish color.
The coil has been cleaned and reinsulated. The wire leads are the original cloth covered wire which was insulated with a synthetic rubber to protect it from decay. The crimp connectors are not original to the leads.
The coil housing connects to the switch housing. The power cord and grommet have been replaced with new ones. The crimped strain relief was added as an enhancement.
Neither the cord, nor the plug are original to the fan. There is a rubber grommet inserted into the end of the plug to act as a strain relief. The prongs have been polished and the cardboard insert has been vulcanized.
1954 Schwitzer-Cummins 20" Box Fan, Fresh-Air-Maker Model WP-16, Serial 195-H
A collection of images from a finished recondition of a 8 year old restoration of an "Atomic Age" vintage box fan. Features heavy gauge 20" blade, housing, handle and grills. The motor is quite large and overall the fan is heavy. Somewhat rare among collectible fans, this Fresh-Air-Maker was rebadged for Montgomery Wards distribution. Runs quietly on both speeds. Paint job is 85% original with minor touchup blended very nicely.
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Valued in the range of $325 - $400.