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 Posted: Sun Jul 21st, 2019 06:06 pm
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Richard Daugird
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Did y'all see this?https://www.ebay.com/itm/Emerson-Electric-Mfg-Co-Meston-Labeled-Class-FI-1-Tripod-Antique-Fan-Works-/202734632902?nma=true&si=7LJ5ujml5LMaSu4MU9n%252BfBe6OEA%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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 Posted: Sun Jul 21st, 2019 06:07 pm
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 Posted: Sun Jul 21st, 2019 07:53 pm
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I was keeping an eye on that (not that I could afford it).  It was at $6500 until the closing seconds when it jumped. Hope that's in the hands of someone here.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 21st, 2019 10:25 pm
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That ebay fan is not a Meston.  Read from 18th post and down:
http://www.afcaforum.com/forum1/31332.html

You will have to make up your own mind.   I stand firmly with what I said in the posts on the forum thread and some agree and others don't.   If you read the fine print and try to understand what a Meston is I think you may agree with my way of thinking.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 21st, 2019 10:32 pm
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Richard Daugird
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I'm not opening THAT can o' worms...

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 Posted: Sun Jul 21st, 2019 10:46 pm
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Regardless of who's side of the story you agree with; the seller has the weasel word "labeled" in the item description. All that means is that he is guaranteeing that it has the word Meston on the motor. As far as he's concerned; it's irrelevant whether or not the internal parts of the motor match the expectations that many have for a Meston motor. So whoever got this may have got ripped off quite harshly.....

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 05:10 am
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David Allen wrote: Regardless of who's side of the story you agree with; the seller has the weasel word "labeled" in the item description. All that means is that he is guaranteeing that it has the word Meston on the motor. As far as he's concerned; it's irrelevant whether or not the internal parts of the motor match the expectations that many have for a Meston motor. So whoever got this may have got ripped off quite harshly.....That is why you need to research what you buy real good. If you don't then that is not the sellers fault. At no point Does he claim it is a Meston motor. I was watching it also and knew it was one of the motors that people say is not a Meston. But the only way I knew that was researching it and reading posts about them. But no matter where you stand on the "Meston not Meston" thing it is a real nice motor. I truly though it would stop in the $4,000 to $5,000 range. But all it takes it 2 crazy bidders.

Last edited on Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 05:11 am by Don Tener

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 10:12 am
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Oh, the "Doubting Thomas" ! 

All of these years we have privately, and not so privately, laughed at the preposterous denial of the existence of a fan made by Emerson Electric---the hanging switch Meston. It is clearly identified by the best fan maker of that period with unique end bells and is pictured and identified in the 1895 catalog on page 36 along with the other Meston (top switch, reversible with infinitely variable speeds). 

They have always, and I'm sure, will continue to sell at several times the price of the relatively common Emerson tripods marked as such. This price is certainly no record and not even close to a complete original Meston with original blade, or a correctly restored model.  All of the guards were optional.  

It has been an interesting point of contention with the few nonbelievers in the truth and I'm sure will continue to be.

I've still enjoying it ! 

No, I did not buy this one, but have turned down more for one of mine.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 10:39 am
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Bill Hoehn wrote: Oh, the "Doubting Thomas" ! 

All of these years we have privately, and not so privately, laughed at the preposterous denial of the existence of a fan made by Emerson Electric---the hanging switch Meston. It is clearly identified by the best fan maker of that period with unique end bells and is pictured and identified in the 1895 catalog on page 36 along with the other Meston (top switch, reversible with infinitely variable speeds). 

They have always, and I'm sure, will continue to sell at several times the price of the relatively common Emerson tripods marked as such. This price is certainly no record and not even close to a complete original Meston with original blade, or a correctly restored model.  All of the guards were optional.  

It has been an interesting point of contention with the few nonbelievers in the truth and I'm sure will continue to be.

I've still enjoying it ! 

No, I did not buy this one, but have turned down more for one of mine.
Bill was this motor different somehow? I truly have no idea if it was "special" or "different" than others because I have never owned one or had the chance to take one apart.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 11:12 am
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Yes Don, it was very different as were several of the Meston brothers motors of the period.

 As to the patents and copy details in the catalogs we know there are many errors, but I'm convinced putting the wrong name on their major product is not one of them.

 Emerson was very conservative and often used out dated "cuts or engravings or whatever you call them", and anyone in a similar business knows that the name on the patent is often not the true inventor.  

My memory is not what it used to be, but not too bad for over 88 years of age and my heart having been stopped for 6 1/2 hours. Finished my approximately 6 months of cardiac rehab last Friday. 

I have offered my almost complete set of catalogs and other Emerson records to several young active members to come here, study and explain better than I have been able to, but no takers so far.


Pictures used to be reliable proof of many details, but how that has changed.  I stopped sending my originals because they have been butchered by some members with the computer knowledge and expertise.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 12:25 pm
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Bill Hoehn wrote: Yes Don, it was very different as were several of the Meston brothers motors of the period.

 As to the patents and copy details in the catalogs we know there are many errors, but I'm convinced putting the wrong name on their major product is not one of them.

 Emerson was very conservative and often used out dated "cuts or engravings or whatever you call them", and anyone in a similar business knows that the name on the patent is often not the true inventor.  

My memory is not what it used to be, but not too bad for over 88 years of age and my heart having been stopped for 6 1/2 hours. Finished my approximately 6 months of cardiac rehab last Friday. 

I have offered my almost complete set of catalogs and other Emerson records to several young active members to come here, study and explain better than I have been able to, but no takers so far.


Pictures used to be reliable proof of many details, but how that has changed.  I stopped sending my originals because they have been butchered by some members with the computer knowledge and expertise.

If I lived close to you I would definitely take you up on reading the catalogs and info you have. But it is just a bit to far away for me. Have you considered scanning all of it and putting it on the AFCA as a PDF that can not be altered. I know that would be a lot of work. If I lived close to you I would do it.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 02:15 pm
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I hope people keep in mind that there's a commission eBay receives that's part of this sale. Just part of doing business.  I don't know specific details about this transaction, but in my experience the commission that eBay and PayPal receives totals a good percentage of the sales price.

Last edited on Tue Jul 23rd, 2019 08:40 am by Jeff Whitfield

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 06:24 pm
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 13 1/2%  if they paid with PayPal...10% if not. so it doesn't take a genius to figure out that greedybay hauled in at least $1100. for the privilege of using their website.... I will rejoice on the day that Ebay is put out of business  by some other ingenious entrepreneur... with the middle class now disappearing, The rare fans will be fought over by the rich, for bragging rights, so any fan that is extremely rare with bragging rights will continue to rise in value like a Picasso... And those of you that are over 65 should think long and hard about let the younger rich bastards fight over your rare fans while you laugh all the way to the bank,only later to watch you family members give it to the nursing home you will be staying in because you lived too long, and they love you... i'm sorry for being such a realist.....I'm one of them...  :violin:

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 06:42 pm
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Ebay takes significantly less than traditional auction houses. And broadcasts your thing to a worldwide audience.

They have their place in the world.

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