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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 11:59 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Hello everyone today I went to a local antique mall and I saw 2 1920s vintage Fans for sale there, the first fan I ran into was a 1920s vintage 8" Wagner Desk Fan that was painted all black including the blades, they wanted $75 for it which I'm wondering if that's a good price or if that's a little too much and I should try to talk them down on the price a bit if I were to try and get it.
The other fan I saw was a 1920s vintage 12" GE AOU with a badly tarnished and coroded brass blade and a rather rusty and crusty steel cage its condition was similar to that of that old 16" GE AOU I found several years ago for $15, but this one the owner wants $325 for even though its in very rough condition, I am thinking that that price is way too high for that fan but not sure.

Any information would be appreciated.

I forgot to get some pictures of the fans in question so no pictures right now, you'll just have to take my word for it that they exist. 

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 12:49 am
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Alex Rushing
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Too much for either, unless the Wagner has been electrically and mechanically serviced with new wiring, felt, fiber washers, and grease.The AOU is way to expensive. I only see those sell for that restored to a mediocre point. Nicely restored I see them for $400 at antiques stores. Fully serviced (like I mentioned on the Wager), the price is usually $195. 
And I don't mean "it runs" with a lamp cord put on and no headwire change. I mean a real service.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 02:20 am
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Levi Mevis
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The Wagner fan has been rewired but it's an old rewire job, and it's in not too bad of cosmetic condition, what would be a reasonable price to offer the person selling the Wagner? 
As for the AOU, I've realized that with that mall if someone is asking that much for an unrestored fan they more than likely are the type that aren't willing to budge from their price and that price based on looking at prices on ebay (and not the sold prices).

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 03:25 am
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If the rewire looks good, with decent wire and has grommets in the holes; and not tape anywhere..... I'd pay up to $65 for it, if the paint looked like I could clean it up rather easily.
That said, some of these members have honey holes and get stuff like that Wagner for $20. But, I have no access to a local fan honey hole, so I end up paying eBay prices for just about all the fans .....I have to buy on eBay. 

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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 10:08 am
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Levi Mevis
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My mom's parents last name is Wagner and I thought it would be cool to have a fan with their name on it.

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