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Joel Schmid
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Howdy folks !
I have seen some incredible posts lately about finding rare or just plain cool fans in the wild - at auctions, antique dealers, etc ...
Here in Upstate New York I NEVER see any fans like the ones being found at antique dealers or auctions.
I would love to see an article written by a veteran Antique Fan Hunter for the magazine about how to find rare fans in the wild.
For example - how does one find out about estate auctions where antique fans might be included ?
How does one find listings for antique dealers in your state that might carry antique appliances ?
How about tips and tricks for how to win your prize at an auction ?
I have been to a few and it seems like the ONE thing you want gets a million bids and quickly climbs out of your price range.
Im not asking how to beat out other members for a fan - Im just asking for a newbie or for someone whos never been to an auction to find out how a "pro" does it.
It seems like it would be a great read !

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Talk to Jeff Whitfield about his Tesla

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I posted about that Westy pancake ages ago. But it's a good idea.
http://www.afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=34045&forum_id=1&highlight=The+ballad+of+the+Westy+cake

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This is a good and interesting topic.   Stories of finding rare fans in the wild are endless and very interesting.   Keeps us scouring the earth for these treasures.  You'd only get one or two stories in the magazine and I enjoy reading them when they are published.   Such as Rick Padron's DC pancake recently.  I wonder if printable versions could be submitted as a project someone could undertake, and then stored next to some of the research projects we already have here.  Those willing, could submit stories anonymously.   I would love to hear the details of some of the stories that have floated around for decades.   Most would be rather short, like finding a feather vane in a large antique mall for $125.  Others are more detailed.  Stories we won't hear about are the collectors who work incredibly hard networking to snag rare fans.  Those secrets are carefully guarded.  Loyd Davis told me one of his secrets.  Go to as many garage sales as humanly possible in the right neighborhoods, at that point it's just a matter of odds and probability, you'll find fans. 

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I will try not to be long-winded but since my wife says I'm a bullshitter this should come as a natural so here we go

1..set up an account with Esnipe... some will argue it's a waste of time, and doesn't work, I disagree..
2.. let everyone, Friends enemies neighbors,the homeless,let them know, you are looking for antique fans with brass blades made of cast-iron, and that you will pay a finders fee if you wind up buying it..

3.. ebay is a great source for finding fans ..but it is a two edge sword, don't take part in a bidding war. Use Esnipe, and don't forget the most important part...if you do not overpay you will not win.. let me repeat,if you do not overpay you will not win anything,at least a very rare and hard to find antique fan...do not worry about overpaying because in the future you will be bragging about what you paid for it..

4..People don't like fans that don't run, painted the wrong color or have blurry pictures, no risk no reward, take  chances, talk to the owner and have them show you more pictures, ask them if they'll plug it in and see if it moves.. if it just moves,and makes a sound,it's probably OK ..just a little bit of elbow grease and some oil and she'll be up and running..this stuff has been sitting for 80 years...

5.. search ebay images of fan blades, also search missed spelled words 

6.. find big antique malls, and talk to the helper employees and offer them $20 cash reward for just sending you a picture of a antique brass cage, brass blade fan that just showed up....don't worry there won't be that many, the scores will far outweigh the losses.. 

7.. when searching craigslist ...only use the word.........( FAN ).... I found a early 4 blade western electric victor tank for $50... on let go...

8.. Florida... The land of retirement ...When people downsize to move to Florida because the condominium is not big enough to hold all their stuff they bring their very best that they have accumulated for a lifetime.. Florida is hot so they make sure to bring grandma's fan that has been handed down and still runs... then they die, and it all winds up staying in Florida at the antique shops.. so for god sake's when you're visiting Florida visit every antique shop. it is an elephant graveyard... I hope this is enough to get you going I have gotten all my fans I really don't need anymore so good luck, when my wife dies I will be moving to Florida taking my lollipop with me just letting you know..

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Wow GREAT tips guys !
Just wondering if any interest in writing a mag article ?
From one of the wily vets like George or Kim or Lane ?
Maybe most folks feel like its giving away trade secrets and that's OK.
Just looking to create content for the mag.

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Hey Jeff - that westy pancake was really nice ! Got any pics of the completed resto ?

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Great tips Dave - I am a savvy ebay hunter, but I hate feeling like I'm paying too much. I know a rare fan is worth big bucks (like the dragon phone booth fan for $7000) but I still hate paying more than 100 for a vorty when I keep seeing guys picking them up at flea markets for 10 or 20 ...
Ill sign up for the esnipe thing - have never heard of it til now.

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 I wrote a piece for the Shelby America  automobile club for 13 years, called cherry's car corral, I also did a piece at the end called cherry's ramblings which I thoroughly enjoyed writing . I would say whatever I felt like saying ,but it still had to be car related...  it is very difficult to come up with new exciting stuff that people want to read so my hat is off to anyone that struggles with this ..  it is hard work to put a magazine together, and the people that are doing it  need all the help and support they can get.. 

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One other thing that helps is resetting the bar on what a rare fan is. A Westy Tesla was rare 30 years ago. And since nobody made anymore since when they were first made, one can conclude that the supply has diminished proportionately to the number of people collecting, if not much more, since many collectors have multiple examples of each model(sometimes the only difference being a serial #).
Do what would constitute as rare now? Not sure, as the internet has changed the market beyond calculation.

A short example would be, in my eyes:

Where a collector had a 0.005% chance of finding a decent condition Westy Tesla in 1990, one needs to understand the likelihood has gone down, and not stayed the same. 0.005% can now be applied to something like a GE Kidney Oscillator in 2020. The chances of finding a Westy Tesla in the wild are now more like 0.0005%. 

All in all, expectations should not be copied from collectors who started in the 80s/90s. Expectations should be lower. Not saying there isn't hope to find a treasure, but the fact is our chances will not be nearly as good, to find a 1990s-rare fan in the wild, as someone who started collecting in the 90s.

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Really, my point of view is any fan is attainable....depending on how much you are willing to shell out. Say, if I saved $5K and was determined to bring home a project Tesla, I’d bring one home. There have been times I’ve eaten cup Ramen for a while and skipped stuff like cable to save up funds. That’s how I do it. No guesses. Just budgeting and calculating. I have a very nice collection for only being in the game a year and a half and firmly believe anyone else could do just as good or better with my method. (Of course finding a surprise at a flea market is always nice too.)
Alex Rushing wrote: One other thing that helps is resetting the bar on what a rare fan is. A Westy Tesla was rare 30 years ago. And since nobody made anymore since when they were first made, one can conclude that the supply has diminished proportionately to the number of people collecting, if not much more, since many collectors have multiple examples of each model(sometimes the only difference being a serial #).
Do what would constitute as rare now? Not sure, as the internet has changed the market beyond calculation.

A short example would be, in my eyes:

Where a collector had a 0.005% chance of finding a decent condition Westy Tesla in 1990, one needs to understand the likelihood has gone down, and not stayed the same. 0.005% can now be applied to something like a GE Kidney Oscillator in 2020. The chances of finding a Westy Tesla in the wild are now more like 0.0005%. 

All in all, expectations should not be copied from collectors who started in the 80s/90s. Expectations should be lower. Not saying there isn't hope to find a treasure, but the fact is our chances will not be nearly as good, to find a 1990s-rare fan in the wild, as someone who started collecting in the 90s.

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Joel Schmid wrote: Howdy folks !
I have seen some incredible posts lately about finding rare or just plain cool fans in the wild - at auctions, antique dealers, etc ...
Here in Upstate New York I NEVER see any fans like the ones being found at antique dealers or auctions.
I would love to see an article written by a veteran Antique Fan Hunter for the magazine about how to find rare fans in the wild.
For example - how does one find out about estate auctions where antique fans might be included ?
How does one find listings for antique dealers in your state that might carry antique appliances ?
How about tips and tricks for how to win your prize at an auction ?
I have been to a few and it seems like the ONE thing you want gets a million bids and quickly climbs out of your price range.
Im not asking how to beat out other members for a fan - Im just asking for a newbie or for someone whos never been to an auction to find out how a "pro" does it.
It seems like it would be a great read !


I too like to hear about other
collectors' spectacular finds.

It inspires me to keep looking.
"Looking" means to do the "leg work."

Go to flea markets, antique stores,
tag sales etc. and get the word out
that you're looking for old fans.






A bit of advice,...

If you get a "lead" on a fan
that you'll be vying for,
whether at an upcoming
live auction, online auction,
tag sale etc.,... tell no one!



:X  This used to be a good
fishing hole...   ...until...

Used to have the place
all to myself... :?




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Sean Campbell wrote: There have been times I’ve eaten cup Ramen for a while and skipped stuff like cable to save up funds. That’s how I do it. No guesses. Just budgeting and calculating. I have a very nice collection for only being in the game a year and a half and firmly believe anyone else could do just as good or better with my method.

I have done the same thing many time, just make some sacrifices and do without and get the things I want. I have a pretty good collection myself in just a couple years of real collecting. Of course it helps that I have no wife, no kids, house and car paid off...

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Sean Campbell wrote: Really, my point of view is any fan is attainable....depending on how much you are willing to shell out. Say, if I saved $5K and was determined to bring home a project Tesla, I’d bring one home. There have been times I’ve eaten cup Ramen for a while and skipped stuff like cable to save up funds. That’s how I do it. No guesses. Just budgeting and calculating. I have a very nice collection for only being in the game a year and a half and firmly believe anyone else could do just as good or better with my method. (Of course finding a surprise at a flea market is always nice too.)
Alex Rushing wrote: One other thing that helps is resetting the bar on what a rare fan is. A Westy Tesla was rare 30 years ago. And since nobody made anymore since when they were first made, one can conclude that the supply has diminished proportionately to the number of people collecting, if not much more, since many collectors have multiple examples of each model(sometimes the only difference being a serial #).
Do what would constitute as rare now? Not sure, as the internet has changed the market beyond calculation.

A short example would be, in my eyes:

Where a collector had a 0.005% chance of finding a decent condition Westy Tesla in 1990, one needs to understand the likelihood has gone down, and not stayed the same. 0.005% can now be applied to something like a GE Kidney Oscillator in 2020. The chances of finding a Westy Tesla in the wild are now more like 0.0005%. 

All in all, expectations should not be copied from collectors who started in the 80s/90s. Expectations should be lower. Not saying there isn't hope to find a treasure, but the fact is our chances will not be nearly as good, to find a 1990s-rare fan in the wild, as someone who started collecting in the 90s.

I tend to agree money talks!I was just attempting to offer an objective reason for changing what is considered a rare fan. 
Where I live in Alabama, your LUCKY as heck to find an iron AOU or Emerson from the 20s. Sad, but it is the case. Fans here lived hard lives during most of each year. And poor people used aninal fat to lube fans and everything else when they couldn't afford the right oil.

I'm with you on saving money and getting something nice! Sold some precious collectables to buy my GE cake, and am still on a dollar-coffee budget, as opposed to my normal Latte a day budget. It is such a good feeling to have a fan from early 1906, which represents the late 1800s and early 1900s GE cakes so well. That said, it was not found in the wild, which was the intent of the thread as far as I could ascertain.
I'm less of a collector though, as my joy is the appreciation for almost any well made fan. :)

Edit: I should note most of my accumulation aref I bought in poor condition many years ago. And only since August I've feverishly restored most of them to the maximum extent I could.

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Jim Kovar wrote: ...tell no one!


and can nix a potential,
great fan acquisition.

Fact, been there, done that.


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Some of it is luck. Throw your net wide in your search, be ready to pay, and know enough about fans to make an informed decision. Many of the rare/B&B finds in the wild were found by being in the right place at the right time. Networking and friendship is important both in the wild and among fellow collectors in my experience.

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Tom Morel wrote: Many of the rare/B&B finds in the wild were found by being in the right place at the right time. I was there at the right time once when I was ready to add a few nice fans to my growing collection.  On a whim I called a collector from whom I had acquired one or two nice fans from previously.   I asked if he had any more fans for sale;  "Funny you should ask that, I am thinking of selling quite a few of my fans to get into something else".   I ended up with about five nice fans before he had mentioned selling any to others.  I feel lucky to have contacted him at just the right time.   I am not usually that proactive and feel this was just a fluke and good luck to get this 9" c.1906 Diehl DC fan.





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Go to fan meets, you will find many fans...

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Steve Sherwood wrote: Go to fan meets, you will find many fans...Good advice Steve. Fan Fair is a great place to buy fans as well. It's very helpful to be able to look over the fan, ask questions, and compare it to others in the Bourse without the hassle and risk of shipping if you drive. I cannot stress enough the importance of being an informed buyer.

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 dang that's a nice looking fan..

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One other "right place at the right time".A guy posted photos of a Peerless DC version of the crank start c.1903.   Right away I sent him a message letting him know that I would be interested in the fan but going no further than that.   I don't think I heard anything and, as far as I knew, the fan did not find a buyer.   About five years later I was talking to a friend who I don't know real well and he said he had a friend back east with a really nice old fan.   I said I might be interested and, seeing photos of the fan I realized it was the same Peerless as posted on the fan club forum.   it turns out the same seller had listed it on ebay about 10 or more years before.   It was bid high but the owner decided he didn't want to sell to the high bidder so here is was, still, and maybe I could acquire it.  Since my friend was also friends of the Peerless's owner we soon got together and I bought the fan.  Being very nervous to send a ton of money to someone I didn't know I decide it would be safe to use Palpay with fees and, thus, protection.  It arrived in perfect condition, nothing bent or modified from original, even the screw slots were perfect, not a bend in the blade or heavy guard, the cast iron struts were perfect- kind of like a time capsule.  The owner's Dad had picked it off the curb for free many decades ago but I did not mind paying for it.  It runs on high only and really needs 200 volts to run as it should.   Strangely enough I already had saved the ebay auction photos on my computer from 10-15 years before I bought it then waited the five years from expressing my interest when posted on the forum.  I never made a concerted effort to get the fan, just followed through as things presented themselves.





















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I think the keys to finding fans is to develop relationships with antique dealers and pickers.  That’s clear in reading the stories above.  There is no great secret. It’s a little bit persistence, friendliness, and asking questions.  It also helps to print up some business cards to give the dealers. Though I can’t honestly say that my cards got me any fans.  It’s usually due to keeping in touch with them personally. 

Yes, you can go to the local flea market and possibly find a holy grail fan, but that’s unlikely. You must remember that the dealers are there at 4 am and get the first look.  It’s most likely that anything worthwhile has already been snapped up if you arrive at 10 am. Most fans I’ve gotten from the flea market are from the relationships I’ve built through the years.  There are many times a dealer has held fans for me until I got there.  Oh, and there’s something I call “the price of admission”.  That might include buying a few fans at a higher than normal price, to let them know you’re serious and have cash in pocket.  It might also include listening to the same fishing stories over and over again from the dealers.  They’ll never hold fans for you if you get a reputation of looking over fans they’re holding for you, and either not buying them, or trying to lowball the pricing.  


I will tell you that good fans are definitely getting harder to find in the wild.  As the folks in their 80’s and 90’s pass away and that generation disappears, the estates with fans in them will get less and less.  After all, that’s where most of the good fans come from.  In a few years, the main source of fans will be from the hands of collectors. 


As has been said, a local fan meet is still your best source of reasonably priced fans from reputable sellers.  I’ve seen some really nice fans pop up at local meets, including the meet we host in PA.  

Best luck in your hunt!

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 Lane is absolutely right.. being a bull**** has gotten me more fans than not..don't be a tight ** if it's clearly a $400 fan don't haggle over $25.  let the guy make a few bucks... If you do he will remember you down the road.. I had one person send me a picture of a fan sitting on a table at a flea market and I was in the car, I ask him if he would buy it for me, turned out to be a great score, all because he knew I liked fans..

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Thanks for all the great info guys.I will make it a point to visit some shops when I go visit my in-laws in Florida.

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Here's my best story that falls into the category of auctions and using the AFCA for help. 
It was 1992 and I had just started collecting fans.   There was no internet, no pictures and no book.  I knew what common fans brass/brass looked like as they were easy to find and buy for next to nothing.  I had no idea what a big dollar fan even looked like.  I might have seen a few fans in the AFCA newsletter (not yet a magazine) and I had made a few friends.  We called each other on the phone and talked for hours about fans.

In 1992 we went to auctions and looked for auctions in the local newspaper.   At one auction house in Winterset Iowa, I saw an add for a fan that was simply described as a "Fancy Peerless Fan".   I did not preview the auction or contact the auction house.  I was still very green.   What I did do, was call 2 collectors in the AFCA.   Steve Cunningham and Bob (No last name for this).   I called both of them (mostly Steve C.) almost every day for 3 weeks leading up to the auction.    I was prepped for what was the best possible scenario, a Peerless Spin Start.  The veterans told me it was more or less the holy grail of fans at that time.   I was used to spending less than $100 for fans back then and in my mind couldn't justify spending thousands.   Steve was out, but Bob authorized me to bid $2000 if it went over my mark of around $700.   I still had no idea what this fan looked like.  

Day of the auction.  My wife and I got there early and walked in.  The fan was prominently sitting on the elevated stage where the auctioneer worked.  Imagine seeing a Peerless Spin Start for the very first time, having caught the fan bug and having no concept of what a rare beauty like this looked like.  I was almost sick to my stomach.  I raised my personal limit to $3000 based on nothing more than my desire to own this fan (a veteran's limit was $2000).   I registered and sat there all day waiting.   In the room was a known collector from Boone Iowa.   He was older, and I had met him previously.   I knew he was wealthy, but I also knew he didn't know all that much and collected mostly hot air fans.   Also in the back of my mind was the antique show that weekend at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  This was a show that Loyd Davis never missed, and I waited for him to walk in the auction house all day.  He never came and didn't know about the auction.  

Virtually the last item to sell, and with a big build up by the auctioneer, the bidding started.   It's all a blur but I entered into the bidding right away (rookie).  I learned there were 2 AFCA phone bidders (really 3 since I was authorized to bid $2000), the bidder from Boone and myself.   As far as I know, no one else was bidding except the collector from Boone and me.   It went up and up and up, and I was a nervous wreck.  I wasn't going to bid over $3000.   The bid came to me at $2900, and I raised my hand.   After the longest final call from the auctioneer, the hammer fell.   

Aftermath:   I wrote the auctioneer a bad check that day.  I realized it, called him the next morning and sent him a good check.   I saw my Des Moines friend and antique dealer and former AFCA member Dave Meshek the next day.  He found out about the auction results (he was aware of my pursuit) and just gave me a "what the heck were you thinking" look.   I went to the antique show that night and ran into Loyd Davis, who had also heard.  He was not happy, but as gracious as possible.  Within a week I got a call from Tom Osdene (and a young Stefan).  This was my introduction to both Tom and Stefan, and I talked at length with both of them.  They offered my a large sum of money and/or a trade which I declined.   Tom was very nice and very professional.  

Moral: I would have never owned this fan if not for the help of AFCA members.

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    I won one of those Peerless fans in an early ebay auction ,  but long after the desirability of that fan had spread far & wide. Wouldn't have been able to even consider it but for the fact that we had just sold my old house in Fayetteville for a handsome profit and Linda said "If you really really want it...OK " The hammer fell several K below what all watching thought it should which made me feel better but still not a  $2900.00  purchase. Willard Mayes lived up that way at the time and was gracious enough to retrieve the fan from the picker and specially pack it so there would be no breaks in transit. Superb job & Thanks again Willard if you still check into the forum. The fan had been tucked away / near forgotten on the 3rd story in the maid's closet of a home in Buffalo ,  New York which had been in the same family since the late 1800's. The picker found it by knocking on doors in the area asking if there were old unused items that the family would consider selling. He hit the jackpot that day !   Got a call once from a trusted picker in Springfield who in the pre ebay days used to have folks bring him old fans all the time. He told me of this odd fan a picker had contacted him about. The motor was swinging in this great iron arch , was a brass  blade/cage fan with an open ring in the front. Asked him if it ran....Yes it did , but there wasn't any way to keep the motor still inside this  iron arch. My mind & heart were both racing as he asked me what he should offer for it.  I nervously suggested he offer him $350.00 for it since it apparently had some problems. Naaa he said , I think I can get it for you for $250.00.   I have no idea nor did I ask what he gave the finder for the fan , but my cost was $250.00. I drove up to Springfield that next weekend hoping my thinking was correct. There on a table out in the garage was a 16"  R&M  feathervane sans feather.
   Pounding the flea markets in the northwest corridor of Arkansas , I found a rough 17666 Emerson in a booth for not much money , was carrying it to the check-out counter when the booth owner walked in & recognized his fan. "You collect those things?" he asked. "When ever I can find them." I replied. "I've got an old motor at home , pretty sure it was a fan at one time but it's kinda fancy with 3 legs on it , I'd sell it but I'd need to get  $100.00 for it. I could run home & pick it up if you'd be interested."  "Sure would, I'll keep looking in the booths here a while." I said. He returned 25 minutes later with an Emerson EI-2 15" 133 cycle tripod sans blade & cage. Mike Petree fashioned a cage for it and Paul Graves fabricated the blade  for it. There's more stories up there in the barn but I'm getting long winded. Those 3 fans still reside here in Harrison.

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Discovering long entombed electrical warehouse's filled with rare fans and motors are the best stories.  There are 2 of those stories I'm aware of but I don't know many details.   How many of those piles were just scrapped?   I know of one 10" six blade pancake that came out of a dumpster in running condition.  I personally know the grandson of the Jewett typewriter company in Des Moines.  He personally threw hundreds of Jewett typewriters in a dumpster in 1985. 

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Great stories guys ! Keep em comin !
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I am always searching the internet. I also don't just search for antique fans I search for antique motors. That is how I found my 1882 Electro-Dynamic motor I made my fan from. I also here in Florida use https://www.estatesales.net/ and https://estatesales.org/ . I search through the auction pics looking for fans in the pics and I have gotten several this way. I just got this little 8" GE last month this way. You could barely see it in one of the pictures they posted.



Here is the pic from the estate sale page.





Here is the fan, It was only $10! Works perfect.





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I picked up this 14666 for $2 at an auction. It was an outside auction in August. Very hot outside. Rummaging through some boxes.There it was,waited 3 hours for it to come up. I was patient,no one bid on it, so the auctioneer said who will give me $2 for this fan.My hand went up.Sold. Before and after pictures. The electrical was good, just needed some restoration. Only thing missing was the struts.This was probably 10 years ago.Still have the fan.The only good fan I have ever bought in the wild. I have seen fans at auctions that have sold for more money, but never this cheap.



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I LOVE these stories ! I hope to have one of my own someday !
Would love to find and ECK or a Trojan or a Tesla in the wild someday !

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Joel Schmid wrote: I LOVE these stories ! I hope to have one of my own someday !
Would love to find and ECK or a Trojan or a Tesla in the wild someday !

Hi Joel, I’ll share the story of my Eck. They do indeed exist in the wild.  I used to travel quite a bit in the northeast area for my job, and of course I would check out antique stores if I had some spare time.  99% of the time, my quest left me empty handed, but it was fun to look and felt good to stretch my legs from time to time. 


One time I entered into a store that I had been in many times before. It was in north central PA.  I never found a decent fan there in the past. So I walked in the door, and the lady at the checkout asked if I was looking for anything in particular. I said “have you seen any antique fans”?  She pointed to a side room and said “ I think there’s a few in there” .


raced into the room and across the room I saw a common fan, AND AN ECK HURRICANE! But from a distance I saw a 3000 on the tag, and turned away, mumbling something like “can’t believe they overpriced it so high”. 

So I finished looking around the shop and wound up back in the side room, where I thought I could at least admire the Eck.  I looked it over, still bummed that it was priced too high.  That’s when I realized I missed a decimal point.  Yeah, you’d think it was $300, but no, it was $30.00. 

I grabbed it super fast and blazed to the checkout counter. I couldn’t grab the money out of my pocket fast enough.  The nice woman said to me. “Are you sure you want that old thing?  You know it doesn’t run because the cord is bad, right? “  I assured her that I could fix it, and was hoping she’d ring the darn thing up before the vendor got back home and looked on eBay for a value.  

We got it rung up, and finally it was mine.  Just before I walked out, she said, “ yeah a guy was in here yesterday, looked it over and said he might come back for it in a couple of days if it was still here”. I guess the guy wasn’t a collector.  Lol. That’s the story of my Eck.  

So keep hunting.  It’s not as much about luck as it is persistence and friendliness. I had been in that shop a dozen times before and found nothing!  

Best of luck!

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Wow Lane !
Thats awesome !
Fan gods were smilin down that day !

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There's a LOT of antique stores in Galveston, but I gave up looking. Maybe I should try some more?

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Richard Daugird wrote: There's a LOT of antique stores in Galveston, but I gave up looking. Maybe I should try some more?I would recommend it Richard. As they say on Pawn Stars, "you never know what is gonna come through that door."

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I forgot about this one.. my wife and I are in an antique store about 2 miles from my house and she comes and tells me there's a weird looking ceiling fan in the back room, I walk in the back room look up and sure as heck that's a weird looking ceiling fan all right, I didn't know much about fans but I figured it was worth more than they were asking which was $375, they said it didn't run, but it makes a humming sound.. after getting it home,I noticed that the friction belts that were made of leather were black and shiny so I fluff them up with some sandpaper, turning them bright blue and looking like suede. put some power to it and away it went..been running ever since.. it is hanging in my solarium..

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