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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 04:57 pm
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Dale Keever
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It's a rainy day in Georgia but at least it has finally warmed up.  This is my last winter project but it was not on my original list.  I bought this 21645 on Ebay in pretty bad shape.  It had a very rusty base, missing half the oscillator, two bent blades and bent up cage.  On the plus side all three speeds worked and the head wire was in good shape.  I had a 9" Emerson parts fan with a good oscillator so that solved that problem.  Can't find the before picture, but these are the after ones.  One thing that surprises me was the badge is not cast brass like its big brothers.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 04:58 pm
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Dale Keever
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A side view.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 05:49 pm
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Looking good Dale. Before photos are always so much fun to see but we don't always keep them...too bad. As for the badge, the 21 series was sold alongside of the 19 series which came with both the stamped badge (the early badges were stamped, not cast as John Witt's book says) as well as the etched badge as on your fan. However, the 19 series went longer than the 21 series as the 19s also were sold with the 24 series. Since the 24 series also started with the stamped badge I wonder if 21s had the later etched badge ever. Probably not and someone could have changed the cage previously.

Both the stamped and etched badges were filled with lead on brass cages. Later, when the steel cage came into being the lead filling was eliminated.

If you remove your fan's cage and massage it to make it completely round and in line looking from the side it will improve the looks of the fan. Also, line up the cage struts so they form a perfect X looking from the front. A lot of people miss doing this simple detail but I think it really adds to the look of the fan and to a restoration. I will use a tape measure to measure across the cage at eaach wrapped wire both on the front and rear of the cage. Then check to see that the badge is in the center of the cage. if not it can be "moved" to the center by gently increasing and decreasing the bends in the S wires where needed.

I know one collector of some really nice fans who leaves cage bends as he finds them and may consider the bends part of the history or "patina" of the fan. To me I think a perfectly shaped cage makes even an old, unrestored fan look much better.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 06:34 pm
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Dale Keever
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Thanks Steve, I didn't even notice the cage from the side view until you pointed it out, it's now fixed.  Yea, the struts are still loose but pretty well lined up and will be screwed tight before I put it away.  Anyone out there have a cast brass badge on a 9" Emerson?

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 06:40 pm
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Will Guidry
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Great work, sweet fan Dale.  Keep 'em coming!!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 07:16 pm
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Dale,
Seems like I remember seeing that one on ebay..it WAS in bad shape.
A great job! (Applause!!)

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 08:21 pm
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Dale,

Nice work.  However, the struts should be rotated 180 deg; the screws

face forward as manufactured.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 08:44 pm
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Dale Keever
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Thanks Bill, should not have gotten in a hurry.  Have a 19644 right in front of me and didn't pay any attention.  Seems like I've done that before.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 08:58 pm
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Hey Dale: I've done that before!! Great Job on the Emerson.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 10th, 2010 09:07 pm
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Steve Stephens
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Dale Keever wrote:
Anyone out there have a cast brass badge on a 9" Emerson?
I can't recall ever seeing a cast cage badge on any Emerson fan. Far as I know they are all stamped or stamped and etched or painted. Yes, badges on brass cages are filled in with solder to hold the brass wires together in the center of the cage and I suppose you could refer to the filling as "casting". What you see in the front, however, is a stamping. John Witt either got it wrong or wasn't clear on what he meant when he said the earlier badges were cast.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 11th, 2010 12:49 am
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Nice one Dale.  I think I have one somewhere in my stash and will look at the badge.

As I recall, it is like yours.  Are you planning to make it to Aiken next month?

If so, see you there.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 11th, 2010 02:29 am
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Dale Keever
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Will, I donno for sure but I think this was Emerson's first small oscillator.  I will tell you later about "I donno" and it was not on American Pickers.

Barry, it was that ugly rusty, smashed cage, broken oscillator, fan and thanks.

Ron, I will PM you some Emerson numbers, your list must be getting pretty long by now.

Paul, check your stash and see if you have a cast/stamped/indented/non-flat badge on a 9" Emerson.  See you in Aiken and I'm bringing some fans to sell.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 13th, 2010 12:17 am
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Mike Petree
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Sweet fan !

 

After going down the list commenting on some of the nice work posted recently I couldn't leave this one out.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 13th, 2010 01:17 am
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Pssssst....Dale...1916 Emerson ad with your fans bigger brother. :clap::D Yup...the 21645 was the first of the oscillating 9" mighty mouse series! Yours is lookin much better than mine! :tumbs

http://books.google.com/books?id=tcliFsQXuQsC&pg=RA1-PA118&dq=Emerson+electric+fan&hl=en&ei=HPKaS5uSCIyVtgeW4qBp&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDkQ6AEwATgo#v=onepage&q=Emerson%20electric%20fan&f=false

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