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 Posted: Thu Mar 14th, 2019 09:52 pm
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Steve Stephens



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Ray Vacca wrote: I can't help that I am new to the Fan thing, these fans are gorgeous....if I ran across a pre 1900 fan I would be on cloud nine. Where have they been found? Whats the story behind the thrill of the hunt?Ray
The old fans are hard to find but they are still out there.  Fan club conventions, other collectors, word of mouth, ebay, etc.  Get the word out and search and follow up on leads.   My last pre-1900 fan was an 1899 Emerson on ebay that I had asked a few questions about and the seller happened to tell me that he was considering pulling it from ebay and selling at a big antiques sale a few months later.  When the fan was not on ebay the next day I contacted him and ended up driving to his home, about 100 miles away, and buying the fan.  It didn't come cheap but I got the fan.  It's best to learn about the early fans so, if one shows up, you know enough to try to buy it.

Another one on ebay in incomplete condition but it looked very original and I was interested.   I knew another collector who would probably end up with the fan and he did.   Before the auction was over we made an agreement that if he won the fan he would make a blade and get it completed and running and sell to me.   Perhaps my favorite fan and the oldest, an 1890 C&C.



This is a photo from the ebay auction how it looked when I saw it.


All done except for the new, reproduced blade.  The motor needed work to run, some screws were missing or incorrect, motor need brushes, parts to the original light socket and a period correct c.1891 light bulb plus the blade.   I was fortunate to know the person who could do this.   There are amazing craftsmen in the AFCA who can turn a fan stump or very rough fan into a beautiful example.




Last edited on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 10:07 pm by Steve Stephens