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 Posted: Sat Apr 27th, 2019 09:36 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Hello everyone today I was visiting a local antique mall and I saw a 16" Hunter Zephair model C16 and a 12" Emerson model 77646 that were both for sale in the same booth there and they were both $45. Would any of these fans be a good buy to fix up? The Emerson was complete, while the hunter was missing the shoulder screw was missing for the oscillator arm on the Hunter, but otherwise was complete.   

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 Posted: Sat Apr 27th, 2019 10:50 pm
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What’s the condition of the Emerson? Is the blade true? These are common fans so there’s no need to stoop down to acquire a poor example. The blades I’ve heard are a pain to balance so be aware of that.

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Well the blades looked in good shape yet on the Emerson but there was some paint loss on the base. I'm guessing the Hunter isn't worth my time?

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Get the emerson!

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 Posted: Mon Apr 29th, 2019 11:45 pm
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The 77 series fans made from 1939-197? are considered by some to be the best fans ever made. I'd get the Emerson, you can get back what you'll have in it if it works and looks presentable. The Hunter is a decent fan but nothing special. It's up to you-wouldn't touch it if it's bent up and rusty.

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I consulted the Oracle.....





 I've been thinking the GE 34017 is the longest production run fan of all (1905-1937/38), but perhaps it is the 77646?...   At any rate, as mentioned above, a very reliable fan, and you won't lose on that deal... William Dunlap was looking for one a while back, if you need an excuse to go to Hawaii.....

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Well the 77646 at the antique mall has a little paint loss on the base but no rust and like I said the blades look really good yet.

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Steve Rockwell wrote: I consulted the Oracle.....





 I've been thinking the GE 34017 is the longest production run fan of all (1905-1937/38), but perhaps it is the 77646?...   At any rate, as mentioned above, a very reliable fan, and you won't lose on that deal... William Dunlap was looking for one a while back, if you need an excuse to go to Hawaii.....

I see exactly what you're saying about the longest production run fan. When did the 79XXX come out? I'm thinking around the same time, certainly before 1939 but I don't know when. The early ones certainly had S wire guards. The Hunter Original is arguably the longest production run fan if you view the C-17/H-52/R-52/22XXX etc as generations of the same model.

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At another antique mall just up the road from the one where I spotted the 77646 at, they had a 79648 AG-P government fan for sale that was probably a first generation model (it had a date code of 18 or something like that as I couldn't make out the second number very well but it looked like an 8 after the 1) for sale for $79, and it was in pretty decent shape yet and it even had the original government stencilings on it.

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Just my two cents...  I would get the 77646 12" Emerson before I would get the 16" Emerson AP-G.
Both are excellent fans.
If you can run the 77646 and be sure the blade does not cause vibration, and it oscillates smoothly
and quietly, then that would be my choice.
The govt. 16" is a very efficient motor, and unless you wants tons of air for a large room, I would get the 12"
As far as the AP-G fans, I prefer the 12" older ones with the cast metal handle and motor housing.  (Later ones
were stamped steel.)
Happy Emerson fanning!

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I have two 77646s: an AA and an AS. I spent about $40 on both. Your price sounds about right to me.

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Tom,
The 78XXX series was introduced from 04/20/37 to 10/01/42. 

The 79XXX series was first introduced 9/27/37.

Picked up a gold 30 year Emerson ring---with a Diamond and Emeralds---today that belonged to an employee that joined them in 1956.  A bunch of other "stuff" too.

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The 77646 at the antique mall has the AN suffix at the end and has a bronze wrinkle finish which I'm guessing the AN suffix refers to the bronze colored wrinkle finish on the fan? 
Also it's a capacitor motor fan.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 30th, 2019 10:40 pm
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Bill Hoehn wrote: Tom,
The 78XXX series was introduced from 04/20/37 to 10/01/42. 

The 79XXX series was first introduced 9/27/37.

Picked up a gold 30 year Emerson ring---with a Diamond and Emeralds---today that belonged to an employee that joined them in 1956.  A bunch of other "stuff" too.

Thanks Bill. I don't own too many of these later models but they are good fans from what I've heard.

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Also the date code stamp on the fan is 28 which means it's from 1948.

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