While self is rather overly independent and likes to do things on own, I don't hesitate to ask husband for help when doing it by self seems too risky.
One of those times is definitely climbing up high ladders to remove heavy ceiling fans...that is a husband job! (And also not wanting to be a widow, I hold onto the bottom of high ladder with all strength and offer helpful suggestions like 'maybe you need a different screwdriver...are you sure you have a hold of that...here I'll get it don't move'!)
Another of those times is wandering out to the countryside south of Norman at 9:30pm to the huge house of a retired military pilot for a craigslist purchase of antique fans...! I had seen these fans posted on craigslist and kept drooling over them till husband said "if you're that interested, you should go for it!" They were listed all three for $100, but the guy agreed to give them to me for $90. He was v. interesting, had a huge dog, and his house was fabulous like the house from Clue, resplendent with vaulted ceilings, balconies, two-story drapes, a darkened library with old books and his own antique fans...quite interesting. So. Now are proud owners of these slightly-steampunk-looking antiques:
|Does putting three next to each other give the proper impression that we are|
eccentric inventors who instigate minor wind storms at will for some quirky purpose of our own??
I have been reading up on antique fans, and apparently they're pretty straightforward to take apart for cleaning/fixing, because they were built to be fixed and last forever rather than replaced. My plan is to clean them and get them working, and then sell one or two of them to make back my $90, and then keep one (or two) as a useful fan! Although already I can see that it will be difficult to part with any of them. They are all soo gorgeous.
This first one is an Emerson 77646-AN made in 1948. While it's not rare, I read that it's considered by many to be one of the best fan designs ever built. I've seen them go for over $100 on ebay without being cleaned/restored, so we'll see what I can get for it after I clean it and get it working.
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This last one (below) I have not figured out yet - it looks similar to the first fan, but only has a serial number - everything else has been rubbed off (?). I haven't been able to find a fan with the same wire cage pattern by googling, which is surprising because I've found hundreds of photos of the other two fans. But this one looks as old as the Emerson and has similar body shape and size. Also has its original cloth-covered cord, v. crusty with age.
Curious, right? The V shape of the wire looks like an Emerson Junior, but a bit different. I'm going to get on some antique fan forums today (they exist!) and try to get some help identifying my fan. Did they have Chinese knock-offs 60-80 years ago? (But the serial number listing is in English. R-12D something.)
My plan is to take them apart, clean them, and get their electrons humming again. I am still debating on my restoration plan - apparently professionals are divided whether to repaint in the original colors (black and silver, usually) or let them keep their splendid patina. What do you think?? And which might sell better, painted or just cleaned and running? And wouldn't it be fun to use one of these on a hot summer day rather than a plastic fan?? (And did anyone else inexplicably lose two hours of their life when they discovered the Antiques section of craigslist??)
|Steampunk vibe. It's a good thing.|