The cage has a similar shape as the Hunter fans from the same time period. Hunter became a division of Robbins & Myers in 1949 and in 1984 Hunter senior employees bought their company back.
Although the fan pictured here is a different model; it is believed the label is the same. This can be manufactured with some serious effort and will be at a later date.
The fan has a lot of shine since it has been polished, but would need another couple of hours to get it to a mirror like finish. This will be accomplished at a later date.
The orientation of the base as seen is how it was set at the factory. It can be turned 90 degrees to fit in various situations.
The back of the fan has a copper plated screw that secures a heavy weight internally. This weight appears to be original to the fan and adds swing momentum when the fan is oscillating. So what are the slits in the back of the motor housing for?
The base has a polished nut and bolt to cover up the hole used to hang the fan on the wall. The bolt has been rounded around the edges to look more appropriate. It is not original to the fan. Its purpose is to make the fan look more natural when the orientation of the base is rotated so that the back becomes the front.
The fan does not run hot and you think that it would since the air intake that cools the motor during operation is restricted since the back of the fan has a large weight blocking the exhaust. Very odd.
The electrical cord has two grommets inserted in to each other that adds extra support for the cord.
The wing nut needs to be very tight in order to keep the pivot still. Notice how you do not see the oscillating mechanism. It is hidden within the body.
The base looks so nice it is no wonder why some people reverse the orientation of the base. This is why there is a plug where the fan can be mounted on a wall. it would look strange with a hole in the front.
The bottom of the base after much polishing. There is a rubber ring that goes around the bottom. Notice there is a chip missing in the upper right side.
Part of an electrical cord was fitted into the bottom grooves and the ends sealed with synthetic rubber. It looks great and works well. Notice the missing chip isn't missing anymore. Soldered, sanded and polished the missing piece. You cannot tell there was a repair.
The blade has discolorations on it that don't seem to go away. The center cone isn't aluminum, but some other white metal alloy. Seems to be quite strong with no breaks or hairline cracks.
The back side of the cone and blade supports took a long time to polish. They are quite ornate.
The cage has been polished, but looks a little discolored as a result of the flash photography. It does not look this way under normal lighting conditions.
The cage has no breaks in the spot welds.
The polished label is located under the motor housing.
Back of the motor housing without the heavy weight attached. The felt washer is used to dampen the weight. Notice how the electrical cord is secured to the housing. Special care is needed when placing the electrical cord during usage since it moves along with the motor during oscillation operation.
Cleaned and polished oscillator parts and rotor. The oscillator gears are in excellent condition and have been packed with white lithium grease.
The screw seen attached to the back of the oscillator mechanism isn't part of the fan and was used to measure new spacers needed for the rotor.
Back side of the stator has been reinsulated. The flash from the camera reveals a bare spot that was addressed after the photograph was taken. Notice that the switch has wires with vinyl insulation attached with plastic wire nuts. This is not an original switch.
Front side of the stator has been reinsulated.
The new replacement cord and plug is 7 feet long and has two grommets inserted into each other on the plug for added support.
Original condition motor back. The weight that attaches to the back of the fan weighs about a pound.
Another original condition photograph.
The inner wiring looks quite complex, but it isn't.
The oscillator arm and stator has factory applied varnish on it that makes them look dirty and oily when they really are not.
The original condition stator looks burnt, but it is not. It has dirt and oil splash on it from years of oiling the tiny spout of the front of the motor housing. To gain access to the rear oiler the back cover and oscillator cover needs to be removed. The reservoirs hold a fair amount of oil. The front spout needs about 10 drops per year. The back reservoir needs 10 drops of oil every other year.
The back side of the stator doesn't look like the front side. This is because the rear oiler is not replentished as often and is a little easier to get oil in without spilling any.
Original condition pieces are very dull.
Cages are quite time consuming when attempting to polish. Be prepared to spend a solid hour of boring work.
Original eBay purchase front.
Original eBay purchase side.
Original eBay purchase back.
Original eBay purchase bottom.
Original eBay purchase base.
Original eBay purchase back of blades.
Original eBay purchase label.
Original eBay purchase motor back.
Original eBay purchase motor side.
1941 Advertisement that shows a similar fan to the one in this gallery. During the years of 1942-1945 most U.S. companies did not produce consumer products due to the war effort.
Robbins & Myers List B12A6-01, Circa 1946
A collection of images from a post World War II restored vintage electric fan. Has aspects of "Streamline Moderne" that emerges into the "Atomic Age". This 12 inch dual speed oscillator is unusual since it is a bare metal fan with no paint. The effective range for this fan is 4-12 feet.
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Valued in the range of $150 - $225.