AFCA Forums Home
Home Search search Menu menu Not logged in - Login | Register

 Moderated by: Steve Cunningham, Rod Rogers, Larry Hancock
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
- 1914 CENTURY brass blades  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 11:50 pm
  PMQuoteReply
1st Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Just pulled :clap:this 1914 Century 3 speeder from the attic. It belonged to my grandmother in Columbus Ohio. My mother says she remembered it from her childhood as the livingroom fan.  My grandmother used it from 1914 til 1983 - 69 years of service !

 Cords show wear, although it still cranks :gears out a fine breeze ! Tim

Attached Image (viewed 2476 times):

1914 Century.jpg

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 11:51 pm
  PMQuoteReply
2nd Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Badge

Attached Image (viewed 1982 times):

century badge.jpg

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 11:51 pm
  PMQuoteReply
3rd Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
rear view

Attached Image (viewed 1933 times):

century back.jpg

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 12:05 am
  PMQuoteReply
4th Post
Steve Stephens
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: San Anselmo, California USA
Status: 
Offline
Tim, that's a clean Century model you have there. Probably a few years later than 1914 as the 1914 models still had brass cages.

Does anyone know when Century went to the steel cage? And when they went to the welded cage?

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 12:23 am
  PMQuoteReply
5th Post
Austin B Ko
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Thats a cool fan. From the condition its in it looks like your grandmother took very good care of it.:dude:

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 06:10 am
  PMQuoteReply
6th Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Appreciate the information. Tim

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 06:13 am
  PMQuoteReply
7th Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Hey Austin - It's not in too bad of condition after all it's use. I plan to install a new cord and a give it a good cleaning.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 01:35 pm
  PMQuoteReply
8th Post
Fred Berry
Guest


Joined: Thu Nov 17th, 2005
Location: Alexandria, Virginia USA
Status: 
Offline
SWEET Century! And it still has the all-important oscillator tranny cover! Neat that this is a one-owner fan...

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 01:59 pm
  PMQuoteReply
9th Post
Mike Petree
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Nov 16th, 2005
Location: Mechanicsville, Virginia USA
Status: 
Offline
Nice specimen ! I got my start collecting with my Grandparents fan found in the attic:D.

Mike

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 04:04 pm
  PMQuoteReply
10th Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Hey Fred, I like these old  appliances and what nots - their a real Blast !

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 05:05 am
  PMQuoteReply
11th Post
John Koetting
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Ive got a very similar century S2 that i am doing a full restoration of! mine is only a single speed fan but it should look pretty nice when i am done with it, just have sanding, painting and reassembly to do!. have already polished the blades better than they are in the pics, and polished the caps for the gearbox housing. the fan will be black with some "metallic gold" accents but i might change my mind on that. to be determined!

all the parts!

stripped motor housing and painted endcap, dont know if it will stay "gold" or not yet!

polished by hand, actually did more to them after this pic so they look pretty nice!

Last edited on Thu Nov 26th, 2009 05:06 am by

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 05:49 am
  PMQuoteReply
12th Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Hi John, I like the brass tone accents you've added - a little bling is nice. Deffenitely send me a few "AFTER" pics. Tim

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 06:14 am
  PMQuoteReply
13th Post
Rob Duffy
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jun 27th, 2008
Location: USA
Status: 
Offline
Could I pester some of you for detailed pictures of the oscillator box? Mine is missing everything in there.

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 06:23 am
  PMQuoteReply
14th Post
John Koetting
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Ill snag some tomorrow for you! and i will DEFINATELY be posting after pics once i have some. I should be having my A.D.D. finally under control in the next week so progress should pick up accordingly!

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 06:43 am
  PMQuoteReply
15th Post
Rob Duffy
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jun 27th, 2008
Location: USA
Status: 
Offline
John Koetting wrote: Ill snag some tomorrow for you! and i will DEFINATELY be posting after pics once i have some. I should be having my A.D.D. finally under control in the next week so progress should pick up accordingly!

Cool, thanks!

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 01:05 pm
  PMQuoteReply
16th Post
Fred Berry
Guest


Joined: Thu Nov 17th, 2005
Location: Alexandria, Virginia USA
Status: 
Offline
In the same box that almost hit my head in the Fitzgerald post was a 9" Century fan too! It is an S1 model 16 stationary with brass blades and brass cage. The motor is very different from the above motors: it is NOT a sealed motor made of pot metal, but rather it has a Westinghouse-looking stamped steel motor with open end bells (round vent holes) The blades are just like yours. It's serial number is 40989. It has tiny wick oilers on the bottom of each bearing race and flip-cap oilers on top of each bearing race. The cage has a small open-ring with a small "Century" cage badge. I blew dust and dead fish skeletons out of the motor, oiled it and turned the switch onto the first speed...it started right up! All three speeds work fine. As soon as I clean it up I will post photos here. Does anyone have a BB/BC mini-Century like this? I have not seen another.
Steve, any Idea as to manufactured date?

Last edited on Thu Nov 26th, 2009 01:09 pm by Fred Berry

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 04:21 pm
  PMQuoteReply
17th Post
Steve Stephens
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: San Anselmo, California USA
Status: 
Offline
I have one of those little Centurys Fred and was drawn to it for it's almost lack of pot metal. Sure, the neck casting is pot metal but what an interesting piece if you take it apart. Mine is in great condition (the pot metal) but the fan has a knock or something. I think it needs to be shimmed. 31933 is the serial number.

This is not my fan, below (ser. 31297) which looks the same but with steel cage. This one is a "Model 16" so I wonder if that might be the year as there are Model 14s and Model 15s that would seem to fit those years. If so 1915 may be the last brass cage after which they went to a wrapped steel cage. But I see that my brass cage S-1 is also a Model 16. Maybe a mid year cage material change or my thoughts about the model number being the year model don't pan out. I don't know when the round cage badge came in.

A similar oscillator model was made but it does have pot metal in the motor housing.

Attached Image (viewed 1747 times):

c702_3.JPG.jpg

Last edited on Thu Nov 26th, 2009 04:28 pm by Steve Stephens

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 06:59 pm
  PMQuoteReply
18th Post
Steve Stephens
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: San Anselmo, California USA
Status: 
Offline
front view of Century S-1 Model 16 Make those cage wires brass and the fan will be just like Fred's and mine. I'm a bit bewildered by the high serial number of your fan Fred. Even my serial number iis higher than this steel caged one.

Attached Image (viewed 1752 times):

S-1 $127 8:07.jpg

Last edited on Thu Nov 26th, 2009 07:01 pm by Steve Stephens

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 07:00 pm
  PMQuoteReply
19th Post
Steve Stephens
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: San Anselmo, California USA
Status: 
Offline
Sl motor tag.

Attached Image (viewed 1718 times):

cd10_3.JPG.jpg

Last edited on Sun May 20th, 2012 05:41 am by Steve Stephens

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Fri Nov 27th, 2009 12:57 pm
  PMQuoteReply
20th Post
Fred Berry
Guest


Joined: Thu Nov 17th, 2005
Location: Alexandria, Virginia USA
Status: 
Offline
Yep, that's it! Just the steel cage is different. These are well-made, other than the pot metal neck. Mine also has the silver "OFF 1-2-3" over the switch. Also is model 16. I too, don't understand the serial number; probably were converting over to steel cages, and mine wound up with a brass cage. I will say this though, the brass cages are beautiful! Like miniature S4/S3 cages with only six S-wires. Combined with the pretty leaf-shaped blades, this is a nice fan! I will get photos of mine today. How common are these little BB/BC beauties? Photo of yours? Glad to know there is another!!

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Nov 27th, 2009 11:53 pm
  PMQuoteReply
21st Post
Steve Stephens
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: San Anselmo, California USA
Status: 
Offline
Fred, this is my Century S-1 9' (actually 9-3/8") non-oscillator dating to c.1915. Of all stamped steel construction, the only pot metal seems to be the neck piece which had a small problem when I got it. After doctoring the inside a tiny amount to remove a burr, the neck works smoothly now and it's amazing how complicated the neck part is.

Fan has its original finish and, yes, I like patina, but this fan's patina isn't my cup of patina and I've thought of polishing it. But somehow I can't as I don't want a polished fan. Note that the original finish is not polished but probably "dipped and lacquered" as was done to many early fans and probably all brass on Centurys, at least the earlier ones well into the later teens.
While the finish is original the OFF 1 2 3 above the switch is all but gone. I see what looks to be some remnants of the lettering so guess it WAS there. Bright green felt is older but I don't know if it's original to the fan


Patented GITS oil hole cover on top of the motor shaft front and rear and an oil cup below. Cleaver!


The small screw-on cover at the side of the neck piece holds a ball bearing and spring which allows the motor to swivel all the way around and back so one can choose the direction the fan blows without moving the base. Cleaver! Same as the S-3 oscillators.












This appears to be the original paint or oxide coating on the small cage badge.


Century seems to have used an oxide coating on their motor tags if not paint of some sort. It's usually quite thin. This badge show no evidence of having been painted or treated with a black oxide. Had it been polished I think the contrast between the lettering and background would match.

I have seen at least one other of these S-1 non-oscillators though they are quite uncommon. Bill Voigt has three oscillator versions which do use some pot metal (for the osc. gearbox I think but don't remember about the motor- probably still stamped steel). Oscillators have 4 struts I think.

Here's the motor tag (below) of the fan I posted earlier with the steel cage for comparison to my fan's tag (above).

Attached Image (viewed 1699 times):

cd10_3.JPG.jpg

Last edited on Fri Nov 27th, 2009 11:55 pm by Steve Stephens

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2012 05:37 am
  PMQuoteReply
22nd Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
thanks Steve

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2012 05:40 am
  PMQuoteReply
23rd Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
EXCELLENT FAN !

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2012 06:52 pm
  PMQuoteReply
24th Post
Matthew Albach
AFCA Member


Joined: Sun Jun 28th, 2009
Location: Pinellas Park, Florida USA
Status: 
Offline
I always like how the Century fans looked and how they operated. Tim you have a nice fan up there your grandmother keep it nice and clean. I agree they are indeed EXCELLENT fans. I think they are under estimated these fans has the same quaintly as Emerson in my option. Here;s a few of mine sealed motor
from left to right
S2A-9 ( single speed ) S2-12 (3 speeder) S3-16 (5 speeder)

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2012 08:48 pm
  PMQuoteReply
25th Post
Tim Mackinaw
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Great Trio !

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 12:41 am
  PMQuoteReply
26th Post
Joe DeVoe
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Thu Jun 8th, 2017
Location: Germantown, Wisconsin USA
Status: 
Offline
I happen to have a very nice century S2-10 Model 55.  It is missing one of the brass caps that goes on either side of the gear box.  Anyone know where I can get a replacement of some sort?

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 12:47 am
  PMQuoteReply
27th Post
Joe DeVoe
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Thu Jun 8th, 2017
Location: Germantown, Wisconsin USA
Status: 
Offline
I guess I'll ask here as well if it is difficult to remove the stator.  

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 11:02 am
  PMQuoteReply
28th Post
Lane Shirey
AFCA Member


Joined: Wed Apr 30th, 2014
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania USA
Status: 
Offline
Be very careful if it's a pot metal manufactured motor. The Century pot metal becomes very brittle with age, and breaks very easily. This is the challenge of restoring them. Efforts to replace them often result in damage to the pot metal. 

You might want to post the caps you're looking for in the BST section. Someone might have one on a junker fan. 


Best of success on your restoration ! 

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 01:52 pm
  PMQuoteReply
29th Post
Joe DeVoe
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Thu Jun 8th, 2017
Location: Germantown, Wisconsin USA
Status: 
Offline
Thanks for the warning on the pot metal.  someone else told me this and I'm sort of sorry I bought it now.  Great looking though.  Runs great.  

Back To Top PMQuoteReply  

Current time is 09:50 am  
AFCA Forums > Antique Fan Collectors Association > Pre-1950 (Antique) > - 1914 CENTURY brass blades Top



Beige Theme By: Di @ UltraBB
UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2008 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.2439 seconds (16% database + 84% PHP). 42 queries executed.