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 Posted: Mon Aug 12th, 2019 03:45 pm
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Nathan Browne
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Hello All,

First time poster to the forum and was hoping that the experts out there could help me.

I bought an Ediswan fan (no3959) and although I found some information on the internet but there wasn't much. I also found a thread on the forum which was useful but I still have a few queries.

From what I can gather the age is about 1910-20 - would that be correct? Would it be possbile to pinpoint it to particular year?

I intend to take it to a repairer to get running again - is is preferable to clean up the brass etc or leave as is - what do the collectors prefer?

Finally would anyone be able to provide a ball park value???


Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks





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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 04:24 am
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Levi Mevis
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Your Fan runs off of Direct Current, so it would need at least a Bridge Rectifier in the base (or depending on the voltage it might also need a variac or possibly a 32 Volt Hewlett Packard Printer Power Supply to run it as well).

As for whether or not to Polish the cage and blades (which are solid brass by the way) it really depends on what you want to do I was given a 1915 8" Menominee Staghorn Oscillator fan that had a Brass blade and brass cage and I actually polished mine up because the brass on my fan didn't age very gracefully so I decided to polish mine up but if the patina looks decent (its got even patina all around) then I would just leave it as is. 

As for the Value, Ediswan fans are kind of scarce and because of that can fetch a couple thousand dollars to the collector as long as its in good shape.

Hope this helps.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 11:27 am
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Rick Powell
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The fan is 230 volts and unfortunately is not worth two thousand dollars to a knowledgeable collector.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 11:46 am
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Nathan Browne
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Many thanks to you both for responding - I know know very little about these fans and it is really interesting to learn.

I am based in the UK and most of the knowledge seems (so far) to be in the US.

The voltage label says 230050 so I am assuming this would be originally for the European market and not retailed in the US?

Would anyone else hazard a guess as to a trade price?

I deal in a lot of things that take my interest or I like the design of and so if I find any more in the UK I will post them on the forum. I am actually quite liking these early fans a lot so might start collecting myself!


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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 12:05 pm
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Rick Powell
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Nathan while I am not an expert on European fans I am guessing that the value of your fan is in the $500-$600 range from other similar fans I have looked at, perhaps some of the members across the pond will throw their 2 cents worth on value.  In any event you have a very nice fan for starting a collection.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 12:07 pm
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Nathan Browne
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Thanks Rick,

Much appreciated - I have had someone tip me off that it looks like a Bergmann made fan and the pictures I have found seem to confirm it.


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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 12:46 pm
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I have only one Ediswan.  From what I found out so far...the company is a merger from Thomas Edison and Joseph Swann.  Ediswan fan I own are rebadge.  My favorite one is the Ellipso rebadge.  With a lot of help from members here...it is running again.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2019 02:59 pm
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Hi Nathan, nice fan you have … though not common not really a bucket list fan either... personally I wouldn't polish the brass, especially if your thinking about selling.... its only original once !  
As regards value, difficult to say, UK collectors are pretty scarce but with online auction sites the world is a very small place... I sold a fan recently and had interest from as far afield as Israel, Taiwan, Vietnam and so on 
Get it running and ebay is your place.... im thinking £225-250 maybe £300 with the wind behind it ….
Have you tried unscrewing brush caps and checking the brushes ?(it may nor even have any) could be an easy and cheap fix... have a look before taking it to a repair shop and potentially getting ripped off …. good luck! 
Pm me if you need any help...
Phil 

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 12:25 pm
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Nathan Browne
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Hi Philip,

Thanks for the sage advice - I might get this running and keep it a while (without the polishing).

I love the design of these things. I was of a mind to sell initially but could be the start of a collection.

All the best,
Nathan

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2019 12:51 pm
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Nathan sounds like the big bit and you are now infected with the bug, it’s a horrific disease with death being the only known cure, (at least on this side of the pond). 

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