Has been repainted in a black wrinkle finish which has a thick texture to it. Has a light black acryllic wax top coat to protect the finish. Causes no vibration or rattling while working. The blade set screw is small and requires a fair amount of strength to secure it to the rotor shaft. Fan rattling is most likely caused by a loose blade or a loose center cone. In this particular case the center cone is purposely loosened and has a small piece of electrical tape underneath its edge to keep it from rattling. The blade has no dings or scratches, is well balanced, and has a satin look to it. The cage looks like nickel plating, but is actually cadmium plated.
Has a heavy cast iron base. Later models have a lighter stamped steel base. From full speed to full stop takes about 17 seconds with the oscillator running. A very smooth, well lubricated motor. The lead wire and power cord have new grommets that meet at the motor and base housing.
Can't be sure if the label is nickel or chrome plated.
Can't tell from the photograph but the wrinkle finish is more pronounced closer to the bottom. This is also true for the other side. The oscillator mechanism has been cleaned, polished and lubricated.
There is a piece of shrink wrap tubing on the head wire as it comes out of the motor housing. Keeps the wire more snug.
Don't believe the rear cone was ever chrome plated like other Eskimo fans of the same type.
This fan moves a surprising amount of air for its small size. Somewhat unique that it is also an oscillator. The oscillator can be disabled by adjusting the round nut clamping the oscillator shaft.
The bottom plate has been polished and coated with a clear enamel. The feet are in excellent condition and are screwed in. The screws have been clear coated. The label seems to be missing some of the text and it should read : ESKIMO, 105-120V. 45 W., MODEL 1102J 60 CYCLE, BERSTED MFG. CO., FOSTORIA OHIO, TORONTO CANADA
The fan didn't originally come with an On/Off switch, but it has one now along with a new 8 foot modern cord with rubberized plug. There is some shrink wrap tubing inserted into the plug to keep the cord snug. Technically, the power cord should be a cloth covered round cord, but the fan has been used in an office environment and as such management tends not to like vintage electric devices with antique type cords claiming it to be a possible electrical hazard. It is suggested if using at work that a cable lock be attached to it to keep it from dissappearing.
The motor windings are in excellent shape and show no signs of burn or stress. They have been carefully reinsulated. This is an important step for motor longevity.
The rotor has been cleaned and polished and has the original spacers that happen to be in very good condition. These spacers keep the rotor worm gear from knocking into the back of the oscillator housing. The worm gear needs to be in a nearly exact position so that it can properly drive the fiber gears inside the osillator box. The front and rear self aligning bearings have wicks that have been cleaned and hold light motor oil properly. The oscillator housing has been completely cleaned and lubricated with white lithium grease. The fiber oscillator gears show no sign of wear.
1949 advertisement with an Eskimo model 1005J shown in the upper left section of the page. This particular one has a chrome plated cage and probably a stamped steel base. The one in this gallery has a cast iron base and is an earlier model than the one in the advertisement.
Eskimo Spider Web (Cob Web), 8 Inch Single Speed Oscillator, Model 1102J, Bersted Manufacturing Company, Circa 1947
A collection of images from a restored post World War II electric fan. Has a 2 pole motor with light aluminum blade. Since it spins close to 3600 r.p.m. (under no load) it almost sounds like a prop airplane. Registering in the pink noise range it is conducive to better sleep and improved daytime memory. The effective range for this fan is 4-10 feet and is suitable for table top usage.
Not exactly a collector's item, but people seem to be drawn to the spider web cage (sometimes called a cob web cage).
The flash from the camera makes the fan look more dusty and dirty than it really is. You can zoom in on the images if you mouse over them. During autoplay zoom is disabled. Shrinking the browser window will shrink its contents possibly making it easier to view the gallery.
Valued in the range of $80 - $120.