Antique Electric Menominee Staghorn Oscillating Brass Fan Restored Vintage 1915
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Antique Electric Menominee Staghorn Oscillating Brass Fan Restored Vintage 1915:
This fan was made by the Menominee Electric Manufacturing Co.ofMenominee, Michigan around 1915.
Menominee electric fans were first introduced to the market in 1893. It appears that the first of the 8 inch universal motor fans like this being saleed was introduced to the market in late 1909. Those first fans were offered only in a stationary model.
This fan was their later oscillating model as seen in this ad in the Electrical Record and Buyers Reference, Volume 17, dated June 1915.
The use of the term "Stag-horn" is fan collector slang.It points to the unusual cast brass deer horn shaped guard supports on this fan.These are mounted both top and bottom of the front cast iron motor housing cover.A unique feature is that this fan has a universal motor capable of running on either alternating or direct current circuits. At the time of manufacture alternating current had not been standardized. There is no need for concern as this fan operates on common modern household current just fine.
This Menominee fan has an 8 inch diameter brass blade, stands 12 inches tall, and the brass blade guard is 9 inches in diameter.The fan's construction is unique and outstanding. The base, gearbox, motor housing, and theringthe motoris securedin are all forged of cast iron.The blade, blade guard, and forged blade guard supports are solid brass. Other features on the fan that can be viewed in the pictures are of solid brass.The remaining steel screws and hardware for the most part have been gun blued.The fan to the best of my knowledge has most of its original parts.
The fan has three distinct speeds. The speeds are adjusted by a switch lever protruding from the fan base.It can pivot forward and back witha simple adjustment of the brass thumb screws.The oscillating mechanism can be engaged or disengaged with a simple twist of the brass wafer on top of the gear box.
This fan is designed to be used as a desk fan, or it can be wall mounted if this is your preference.
This fan is lubricated with grease by a simple short twist of two knurled brass screw downs located over the fan bearing both front and backonthe motor housing. I have modern high quality synthetic grease in the grease reservoirs under the knurled screw downs. The recommended lubrication was Vasoline at the time this fan was manufactured.
This fan was completely disassembled.The iron castings were sandblasted to bare metal and re-done with new gloss black Powder Coat finish. Powder coating is applied to the metal as a powder and cooked at high temperature until it melts and bonds to the metal surface. The result is a gloss finish that is very durable.One of the brass gears in the gearbox was worn badly. Mike Petree (a reputable machinist with the Antique Fan Collectors Association) machined a new gear to replace the worn one in this fan. I am pleased to say Mike did a great job as this fan oscillates flawlessly thanks to his skills.The gearbox now has modern high quality synthetic grease to lubricate the gears.The motor was removed and cleaned. The two motor windings had the old wrap removed and a new wrap was applied. New cloth covered wiring was attached to the existing windings.The brushes were replaced with new.Brush motor fans of this type have a very distinctivesound.The commutator on the armature has an evensurfaceand minimal wear. The brass bearings were machined new in the likeness of the old.The motor tag has a new background lacquer finish. I replaced the old base switch cover with a new cover. All the old cloth covered power cord was replaced with new cloth covered power cord, and a nice vintage plug was added.
The fan wastestrun after restoration for a total of at least 24 hours with no problems.The fan is ready for operation right out of the box.The outside box is of heavy construction.The fan has been double boxed with dense foam padding on all four sides between the two boxes. The fan is heldsecurelywithin the inside box, packed tight and surrounded with thick bubble wrap.Please use the enlarge option on the photos to evaluate condition.Shipping and Handling Includes Insurance!Be sure to add me to your favorites list!Thanks For Looking and Good Luck offerding!