This unit has "Japan Black" asphalt based paint and is 95% original. When you sand it the resulting dust is brown. Only minor touchup to fill in missing paint (mostly to the cage). The Model T Ford was painted in a similar fashion. A very thick and durable paint job that makes the fan look like it is from another time period ... and it is.
This fan has 3 speeds : fast, faster, and fastest. It moves more air than a fan that's twice its size and has a surprisingly quiet motor. Has been known to blow a small glass off a table at 14 feet. This fan was not meant for home use, but for commercial use with very large spaces. Could be found in churches, theatres, offices, etc.
The cage has been brazed in spots where the original welds failed. It would be difficult to locate the repairs. The Parker blade stamp on the left hand blade can be seen and is not worn down.
The fan weighs in at an incredible 27.8 pounds and has a huge motor with a 5.5 inch diameter housing. What a monsterous chunk of iron, steel and brass!
Many of the screws have red nylon washers to protect the paint.
The front badge was polished and coated with a specialized clear lacquer. The backside was also polished and clear coated.
The blade was burnished with a polishing rouge and then clear coated with a specialized lacquer to prevent tarnishing. The camera flash shows some swirl marks that aren't visible under normal lighting conditions.
The edges of the brass blade were also polished and clear coated. The blade shaft has had a little touchup to the paint.
A little more touchup is needed on the back side. Notice the spring loaded oil reservoir cap which is missing on many of these fans.
The cords have been replaced with an 18 gauge twisted pair rayon covered copper wire. The new headwire has been soldered to the stator. The windings are cloth covered and impregnated with the original factory varnish, but have been reinsulated as an extra measure. The grommets are original and are not made from rubber but rather some sort of hard plastic that is not Bakelite. The cords are also bound on the interior of the fan as to not pull loose.
The collar has the original screws, but needs a little touchup.
Notice that the the rivets on the back of the fan blade have not been painted but polished and clear coated.
Missing paint spot can be fixed in 15 minutes.
The label has been polished and clear coated. No missing or faded paint. The handle is very strong. The red nylon washers are used as lock washers. Screws holes are in excellent shape and none of the threads are stripped.
Took a chance and purchased a non-working, broken fan and this is what showed up.
After much work the coil is complete and in good working order. The switch is solid brass and has a synthetic rubber tip. The coil has been reinsulated with cotton fibers and synthetic rubber.
The coil wires have been replaced with 18 gauge rayon covered copper wire and reinforced so that they will not break off the coil. The white ceramic base has been assembled with a high grade epoxy and painted black.
Connectors were installed to make it easier to separate components when needed.
Interior is a little dusty but intact. The base grommets are not original.
The switch looks a little crude; however, the brass is very thick and very strong. The switch contacts have been built up with solder for a strong and tight connection. The installed coil is a very tight fit. Good thing the coil wires were reinforced.
It is believed the 26xxx series of fans originally had a felt covered metal bottom. The 24xxx series fans had a fiber or cardboard cover. This one is wood with brass screws.
Originally, most of the Emerson fans of the 24xxx series had a paper instruction label on the bottom. Almost all of them are missing. Since this fan's bottom was finished like the 24xxx series fan it has a 24xxx series paper instruction label. Have only seen a few of these in the last 20 years. The label looks crooked, but that's how the original looked. The text was laid out very carefully to look as close to the original as reasonably possible.
The switch looks very good and notice that you can see the wood bottom plate.
The cord has been replaced with an 18 gauge twisted pair rayon covered copper wire.
The plug is original and the prongs have been polished.
A 1919 advertisement for various items including the Emerson 16" sationary electric fan. Expensive fan for the time period and no wonder, its built like a tank. The electric cord plug shown is a type that is screwed in to a lamp socket. At the time there weren't nearly as many electrical items as there are today; as a result, a home may have had only one or two electrical sockets per room.
Emerson 16" Brass Blade Stationary, Type 26648, Serial #A72210, Circa 1920
A collection of images from a semi-restored antique electric fan which was made from 1919 to 1922. A three speed stationary fan that is very heavy and runs quiet considering the large amount of air it moves. This is the non-oscillating companion fan to the Emerson 27-series fans made during the same time period. The 5-digit Emerson Type or model numbers encode information about the fan. The 26 is the series, 6 for power line frequency in tens of cycles per second, 4 for the number of blades, and 8 for the blade radius in inches. This fan uses Emerson's unique hollow stationary shaft single bearing. The fan blade hub screws onto the rotor, which rotates on this hollow shaft, which is filled with oil from the single oil port on the fan's back. The unique blades on this fan are called Parker blades, named after Herbert L Parker, who invented them. They were first patented in 1899.
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Valued in the range of $250 - $325.