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 Posted: Tue Nov 22nd, 2016 02:02 am
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Brian Beeson
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This has been a very rewarding project to say the least! When I got this fan from a local antique store I zero idea what I'd been blessed with. There was no motor tag present or any other manufacturers marks on it to indicate who made it or when. But, within a few hours after posting it here as a "Mystery Fan"' it was identified! My 1901 Peerless wasn't in the best of shape. Speed coil was shot, there was advanced rust and paint loss which would push me into the restoration/reprint vs. preserving the finish which is what I would have preferred. I broken the fan down, bead blasted all of the parts and painted them. I rewired the fan using standard black cloth covered wire and had no difficulty soldering the new leads to the stator wire ends. The rotor got a good cleaning and received new thrust washers.  A host of great people with some amazing skills helped me get to this point. A period correct plug was donated to me courtesy of Chad Baker. Brushes & springs, & oil wick springs were custom cut and fabricated by Darryl Hudson and Ron May reworked and rewound the speed coil and fabricated a new speed selector handle grip. Without these fellas this fan would not be in running condition! I also received a great deal of information and a few critical measurements from Steve Stephens who himself is the owner of almost the exact same fan.  I powered it up a couple of nights ago for the first time since I've owned it. I used a variable power supply with a 4A 400V full wave bridge rectifier inline and set the output at 110VAC. I moved the switch to the number 1 position and she sprang to life! I pushed it to number 2 and the increase was very distinct and the same with the 3rd speed and let me tell you, it sounded great! I had no idea what to expect due to the fact that this is my first D.C. powered fan.  I've attached a link to YouTube to the video I made of the first run.




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I almost forgot! The motor tag was custom made by Centec Castings in Ohio. I provided them with pictures of an original tag and the physical dimensions and they were able to cast a new tag out of bronze. It turned out excellent and I couldn't be happier with it!

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That's top ten. Great job!

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Great job! Very nice fan. When watching it run it looked like the armature was moving back and forth in the fan. I don't think that should be that way and might damage your commutator and brushes. Beautiful fan, Wish it was mine.

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Brian, I have been watching your posts on this Peerless and was hoping to soon get a progress report.   It looks like you have accomplished a small miracle on that fan.   It's beautiful now especially considering some of the problems and missing parts the fan had.  Thanks for posting your video and update.

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What is the function of the "T" handle on top of the motor? Very nice restoration 

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Beautiful!!

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What a beauty! :up:

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Very nice Brian. Bring it by the Fan museum in Zionsville. We'd enjoy seeing it in person. You're less than 90 miles away......

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Thanks everybody for the kind words, it's much appreciated.

Don: Would the armature moving forward & aft be a function of needing to add more thrust washers or shims or is something else at play?

Tom: The "T" Handle serves one main purpose, to securely hold the name plate in place. Other than that, it's purely decorative (as far as I know). The crossbar of that top "T" handle was missing so I had to fabricate that out or brass rod stock on a buddies lathe. On the base, The side "T" Handle and opposing bolt are there for the tilt function and there's also a set screw to allow the fan to swivel. The brass bolt was missing and was turned on the same lathe out of 3/4" brass hex stock with a purpose fabricated radius cutting tool to get the radius below the bolt head just right. The mid-section of the cross bar was knurled to provide a positive gripping surface once it was seated in place in the existing handle.



Kim: I have plans in the works to drive-up and visit the museum but would not have thought to bring a fan with me - I would love to do that! I might also bring my sole 1904 cake for you to give a once over if you wouldn't mind!

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The "T" handle served purpose for fan motor transport. If your fan motor dated 1900-01, the tag I would assume would sport the Warren Electric & Specialty Co. name on it.  Peerless Electric Co. became a corporation in 02, a separate entity of Warren Specialty. Warren Electric & Specialty Co. incorporated in 92. They introduced their first bipolar fan motor to the trade in 99 under the "Peerless" trademark name it appears.

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I double checked the trade journal for 01........Peerless fan motor manufactured by the Warren Electric & Specialty Co. of Warren, Ohio. 


Pssssssssst....it's our secret. :D The tag and fan looks awesome. :clap:

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Russ,
You are absolutely correct!! I don't know exactly why I put 1901 in the title of this post or once again in the body....... :hammer:I've done a bit of research over the past months and came to the determination that it was more than likely manufactured in very late 1902 but more than likely 1903, not 1901. So, the nameplate should be correct reflecting Peerless vs. Warren. (I hope!):D



























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1899 Peerless DC desk fan motor was exposed field only. Warren Electric & Specialty Co manufacturer.

1900 Peerless DC desk & bracket fan motors both exposed field and enclosed. Company name per catalogue images sported ONLY on guard ring. Warren Electric & Specialty Co. manufacturer.

1901 Peerless DC desk & bracket fan motors both exposed and enclosed field. Now shown with guards with embossed center ring with company name and plain wrapped ring with MOTOR TAG. Now shown with "T" handle and "eye" hook ring for fan motor transport. Warren Electric & Specialty Co. manufacturer

1902 Peerless exposed field APPEARS to be off the market. Peerless Electric Co. incorporates. Rib base DC models with plain wrapped center ring are on the market through 04 fan motor season. Now the Peerless Electric Co.

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Your guard construction won't fit for 1900, but you could slide your Peerless into the 01 time slot and cast another tag with WARREN ELECTRIC & SPECIALTY CO. 




While your at it make a brass "eye" hook to swap out with the "T" handle.  :clap: :D 

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1901 WARREN ELECTRIC & SPECIALTY CO. PEERLESS(trademark) desk fan motors.

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The top handle has/had no evidence that it ever had a ring installed vs. a . Hmmmm....

Steve Stephens has the same fan in BB/BC 220VDC vs. my model which had the different options of nickel plated cage and blades and 110VDC. Also, his speed numbers are painted gold along with gold pin striping on the motor housing which more than likely would have been deleted with the option of the nickel plating.

Another item that doesn't match-up with the earlier years, the speed control handle on them have the attached knob on the end, the "newer" years don't.

So, what year was your fan manufactured Steve?

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Pssssssssssssssssssssst........TRY TO FIND A WRAPPED PLAIN CENTER GUARD RING LIKE YOURS IN THE 02+ IMAGES OF PEERLESS/COLONIAL FAN MOTORS. 02+ PEERLESS/COLONIAL IMAGES DISPLAY PIERCED CENTER RING GUARDS.
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YOUR GUARD IS SHOWN IN ..............01 ELECTRICAL TRADE. :tumbs 

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Stephens 02+ Peerless Electric Co. pierced center ring guard.

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Son of a..........

Russ, I never noticed the pierced vs. my wrapped ring.......SORRY!:hammer:

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The T handle or eye hook means Jack. I bet your Peerless DC is an 01. :D

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This would seem to fit to a "tee" the Peerless model for 1903.











Here are photos of the 1901(?) Peerless.






Sorry for the sideways photos which the forum seems to change from my upright ones.







This would be the cage badge used before the one just above but maybe it was used only on the Peerless Bipolar models.













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So, is the circled fan "mine"?


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Peerless AC kick start 03-04.......pierced front guard ring.

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I can roll a ring for the top handle if it needs it to be 100% correct but the name plate is a different story. I haven't been able to find any examples of what a Warren plate for this year/model would look like.

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Brian Beeson wrote: So, is the circled fan "mine"?




It's not gospel, but no one could contest you have an 01 based on available electrical trade journals. Like I made mention ......T handle or eye hook is just hardware available and shown in 01 electrical trade.

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I gotcha, thanks for setting me straight and providing documentation and pictures! I just want to try my hardest to make this fan look the way it did when it rolled off of the line.

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Brian Beeson wrote:
Don: Would the armature moving forward & aft be a function of needing to add more thrust washers or shims or is something else at play?

I think that is all you need to do. It is such a nice fan that's what I would do. Maybe someone here who knows more about this type motor will chime in.

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Thanks Don!

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Nice fan, very few of those out there.

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This exposed field Peerless desk & bracket fan motor was manufactured it appears EXCLUSIVELY by the WARREN ELECTRIC & SPECIALTY CO. for 3 fan motor seasons. 1899-01.





This Peerless desk fan pictured could not of been manufactured in 1899, can anyone explain why? :wondering: 

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The 1899 Warren Electric & Specialty Co. PEERLESS fan motor was exclusively a 12" blade one speed fan.





1900-01 offered desk and bracket 12" and 16" 3 speed models.  

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1899.

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Looks great Brian! Glad to see it all finished up! :up:

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Brian Beeson wrote:

Kim: I have plans in the works to drive-up and visit the museum but would not have thought to bring a fan with me - I would love to do that! I might also bring my sole 1904 cake for you to give a once over if you wouldn't mind!
Brian, come up any time and bring fans. We like show and tell. I'd be more than happy to look at the "04. 

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That awesome Kim! Thanks for the invite. I told my wife about the museum last night and how close it really is to us and her response - "Why haven't you gone yet?!" I'd love to bring the 2 fans plus my two boys ages 8 and 7. I think they'd get a kick out of visiting!

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As far as speeds go for the bipolar, that means that the one that is currently listed on eBay is at least a 1900 then because it's a three speed 16". Right?

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Brian Beeson wrote: As far as speeds go for the bipolar, that means that the one that is currently listed on eBay is at least a 1900 then because it's a three speed 16". Right?
Peerless OPEN field fan motor specs. 1900.

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Peerless ENCLOSED field fan motor spec. 1900. (your fan)

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