|I purchased this oddity from Brian Hicks last weekend - an early ‘20s Emerson 47641 ceiling fan in very good condition. I consider myself a bit of a ceiling fan guru but I was not even aware that this model existed. It’s a 48” fan, but with a motor housing sized more like a Longnose (45641) or Roundnose (85641). The blades are short and stubby (see pic comparing them with my Longnose blades), and the short irons have just a 10 degree pitch. The fan doesn’t move a ton of air compared to its more conventionally-designed peers.
The shaft and oil cup are located far up in the housing, and the bottom sports a massive cast iron switch housing (Original snap switch has been replaced with an on/off toggle). The speed coil is missing and the fan is high-off now. It makes a nice startup sound that is absent on the Roundnoses and Longnoses that I’ve seen running.
I’ve cleaned it up a bit and will probably not bother stripping and repainting it, but I do plan on replacing the on/off toggle with a 3-position toggle and wiring a 20uF cap up for a low speed.
Anyone else have one of these? Can anyone date it based on the tag?