The paint is 98% original for the motor housing and base exterior. The cage, base bottom and the blade center cone have been painted. Minor touchup to the base exterior and motor housing. All is coated in a clear specialized lacquer to protect the finish and has been polished a little to tone down the gloss. The blade has a smooth brushed finish to it and is well balanced with no dings or bends.
This is an image of what the center cone of the blade should look like from another fan found on the Internet. Have owned this model fan for a long time and never knew what the center badge should look like. A polystyrene cone was glued into the center in place of the missing badge and painted with 10 coats of paint over a 2 year period of time to produce a hard durable finish. It looks a lot better than the original badge.
The oscillator has a left handed screw knob for adjusting the amount of oscillation. No breaks or bends in the cage. All three colors of paint work very well together.
The motor housing is clamped together with a molded band that wraps around the motor housing. No screws holding the motor to the housing. The cord and plug are in excellent shape, but may not be original to the fan. Looks like maybe they were replaced in the early 1960's. Hard to say for sure.
The switch is original to the fan and operates flawlessly.
The base is cast iron and quite heavy. Has been repainted. The rubber feet are in excellent condition, but have several coats of synthetic rubber applied. The feet have been glued into place as to not fall out.
The interior of the motor housing. The cage is riveted to the front motor cover and makes removing the blade a little challenging.
The oscillator, front bearing bracket and rotor are in excellent condition as they have been reconditioned a number of years ago.
The stator has been reinsultated. This is the front side.
This is the rear side of the stator. The head wire and the power wire are the same in this type of single speed configuration.
Front side of assembled motor. The wire seen going across the bearing bracket has to be in this position in order for the bearing bracket to fit properly. Yuk! What a sloppy piece of engineering. Not sure whose fault this is.
The oscillator housing needs to be on fairly tight in a more upward direction in order to get the oscillator to work. Did not see any wear on the worm gear or oscillator gears to indicate why this is the case. The rear bearing bracket sits between the stator and the oscillator and has been filled with non detergent light motor oil. Same goes for the front bearing bracket. The rotor fiber washers are original and are in excellent condition. There was an additional nylon washer added in order to take up play in the rotor shaft.
The blade can be a little challenging to get off unless you already know. The first step in getting the blade off is to loosen the set screw on the blade shaft and pull forward beyond the motor shaft. Once that is accomplished then the blade needs to be in this position.
Then the blade needs to be rotated in a counter clockwise fashion so that part of the blade exits out the back side.
Then the blade needs to be lowered and rotated in a clockwise fashion so that the rest of the blade can roll out the back side.
Fan without the blade. All of the bare metal pieces have been polished and lubricated. Each has been rubbed with a mineral oil dampened cloth.
Sterling Catalog 530E, 10 Inch Single Speed Oscillator, Circa 1940
A collection of images from a semi restored World War II era electric fan with an embellishment to the blade. Has a 4 pole motor with light aluminum blade. This spins at 1800 r.p.m. (under no load) and sounds a little quieter than a 2 pole motor. The effective range for this fan is 4-6 feet and is suitable as a desktop fan. Could be used as a kitchen exhaust or bathroom exhaust fan.
Not exactly a collector's item, but people like fans with rounded cones on the center of the blades.
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Valued in the range of $100 - $120.