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 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 09:23 pm
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Derek Veech
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Hi everyone,


I am new to antique fans and have came across your website through the almighty GOOGLE.  There is a wealth of information here and I look forward to starting fan restoration/collecting as a new hobby! 


About me: Im 26yrs old, and have recently picked up an Emerson 26646 fan from my grandfather, this fan was given to him years ago when his father passed. I will post up pics later.

 The fan is in great visual shape, no bent blades, or struts and the cage is excellent. It has only minor paint flakes missing but I plan to leave the paint as is, and just do a good polish I dont want to restore to brand new, I would like to keep the used wear look of the fan intact. I plan on cleaning all the internal pieces and redoing the original wiring. 

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 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 09:49 pm
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Derek Veech
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I think I posted this in the wrong forum, would a mod please move.

 any information on this type model would be great!

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 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 09:50 pm
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After the mods move this you should get more input. I mainly have experience with the later Emersons, mainly the 77 series.

As to your fan it sounds like you're on the right track with redoing the electrical and mechanical bits while leaving the fan as is. You'll find it'll make a good daily use fan, Emersons are VERY well built fans.

Last edited on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 09:52 pm by Duane Burright

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 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 09:56 pm
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Duane Burright
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Derek, is this fan an oscillating model or is there no provision for a gearbox. I know some of these were non oscillators, but I'd need a clearer pic to see.

Also, is there a two digit code in the lower right hand side of the motor tag (under the carry handle)? If so, you can add 20 to that to get the actual year of manufacture. The model # doesn't tell you the year of manufacture, just FYI.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 10:14 pm
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thanks for the reply,  it appears to say NP196 in the far right of the tag and is non oscillating. 

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 Posted: Tue Nov 24th, 2009 11:08 pm
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Your fan does not have the alleged date code.It was made in 1919.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 25th, 2009 12:01 am
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The 26646 (series 26, 60 cycles, 4 blades, and 6" radius blade is what the Type number means on your fan as well as most other Emersons) is the companion to the 27646 oscillator and was made in 1919. It seems that the 27646 may have been made during 1919-21 which seems strange that it was made for more years than the non-osc. model. The successor to your fan is the 28646, a non-oscillating companion to the common and made for many years 29646. The 26646 replaced the 19646 non-oscillator. Blade hub should be painted black on your fan.

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