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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2018 02:22 am
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Robb Bailey
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Hello all!

A semi-local shop has put a few fans up for sale, and they have caught my interest, but my fan knowledge is limited as I am just getting into this, so before I make a long drive, I was hoping someone could help me identify the fans so I research them further before making the trip

The first one grabs my attention the most, just for the cage shape.  I am a sucker for originality and I have never seen a fan like this!



The second pic is beyond blurry, but the one to the left interests me.



These are the last two.



Any help would be most appreciated!  Thanks!!

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2018 02:35 am
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Levi Mevis
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Those are all what are called dimestore fans, meaning they are of cheaper build quality than say an Emerson 77 series fan or a Westinghouse PowerAire Fan, but they are still 100 times better than your modern chinese made fans quality wise and they don't take a whole lot of work to get them running again.
Hope this helps.

Levi

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2018 02:45 am
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First one is a Gilbert "Aristocrat" or similar model from the early 30's

Can't see the second enough to tell.

Third is Wizard, sold by Western Auto....In my opinion not worth even close to $50!

Fourth is a Dominion from the late 40's.

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You must be in Virginia too! Those same fans have been advertised on Craigslist for awhile. The first one (Snowflake) would be worth $50, because, as Rod said it's a rather unusual fan from the 30's. None of the rest of them are worth anywhere close to $50. There are some other places around to find fans that might be better than those. However, if you like those and want to tinker with them, try to negotiate better prices of about $15 each.

Depending on where you are located, I might have a couple fans that would interest you. I picked up a 10-inch R&M 1930's deco model for $24 at a local antique mall this weekend. I already have a duplicate, so would let this one go for a break-even price to a local collector.

There are a few antique malls in the Richmond, Petersburg and Fredericksburg areas that sometimes have fans.


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Levi Mevis
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David Northam wrote: You must be in Virginia too! Those same fans have been advertised on Craigslist for awhile. The first one (Snowflake) would be worth $50, because, as Rod said it's a rather unusual fan from the 30's. None of the rest of them are worth anywhere close to $50. There are some other places around to find fans that might be better than those. However, if you like those and want to tinker with them, try to negotiate better prices of about $15 each.

Depending on where you are located, I might have a couple fans that would interest you. I picked up a 10-inch R&M 1930's deco model for $24 at a local antique mall this weekend. I already have a duplicate, so would let this one go for a break-even price to a local collector.

There are a few antique malls in the Richmond, Petersburg and Fredericksburg areas that sometimes have fans.


The Dominion I would say would be more closer to being worth $50 than the rest of those fans (besides the snowflake as you guys mentioned) as Dominions are a much higher quality "dimestore" fan that some of the others out there and they are much easier to service than most and also they are usually 2 speed fans with an actual built-in switch whereas most of your dimestore fans were just plug and play.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2018 01:32 pm
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The aristocrat is a $25-$50 fan... The other ffas are $5-$15 tops...

Geo...

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Thanks for all of the great info guys!  As a newbie it is difficult to tell the difference between the good and the bad.  I see age and potential without knowing the quality.

For these fans, I am really only interested in the Aristocrat, but the seller says they are firm on $50, and from the looks of it, it may not be in all that great condition, so I can't justify an hour drive just to look at it.

David Northam, I am in Richmond also; sorry I didn't have that in my profile.  I appreciate your offer on the R&M, and I may take you up on it in the future if possible, but I just picked up a 1918 Westy 12", and I would like to get that back to running condition before picking up another one.  I want to at least try to not start stockpiling fans around the house. :D

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