GILBERT 10 OSCILLATING DESK FAN – (CIRCA 1932 to 1934). Few people even realize that a. Gilbert, famed makers of “american flyer” toy trains & “the erector set” also produced electric fans, in fact, their main business was fractional horsepower electric motors. They produced electric fans under the names gilbert, icy, busy b, trailblazer, dexter, perfex, arctic, polar cub, & kesso to name a few, with production starting before 1915. From the 30’s through the 50’s they were the largest employer in new haven, conneticut producing fans under the polar cub name until going out of business in 1967 (6 years after the death of founder, alfred carlton gilbert – a yale educated dentist). In an era before air conditioning existed & during the depression, electric fans were of great importance & a very expensive luxury. This 10 oscillator was made from the 1932 through 1934 seasons. I have restored MANY fans & this model is one of my favorites. Talk about american engineering, this fan has a knob to turn that tilts the fan head front or back by worm gear! This fan has been completely disassembled. The blade guard, stand, motor housings, bottom cover plate, & blades have all been blasted & POWDER COATED, not painted (a process baked on at 500 degrees that is harder & 10 times more durable than paint) in gloss black (the blades in metallic silver). The motor was disassembled & thoroughly cleaned. For safest everyday use, the original two strand lamp style cord was replaced with a new thermo insulated one gauge heavier round UL listed cord fitted with a new “retro” style UL listed plug, the original cloth wrapped head wires were replaced with new duplicate cloth wrapped head wires with thermo insulation UNDER the cloth, & new thermo insulated lead wires were soldered to the lever switch after it was thoroughly cleaned and the contacts polished. All electrical components were tested with an ohms meter & inspected to assure safety & proper operation. The oscillating gear box was removed, opened, thoroughly cleaned of old grease & gunk, then the gears were inspected for any sign of wear & packed in new, fresh, high performance grease for another 80 plus years of use. All seven rubber grommets were replaced with new ones. All remaining components were thoroughly cleaned, polished, & clear coated as necessary (each screw & nut gets polished & the threads cleaned). The fan was then reassembled, properly lubricated & test run & oscillated for a minimum of two hours to check for perfect operation. This fan is a preserved piece of machine age american history that will most likely outlive the user. I don’t understand the point. Are these people asked to leave stores because they’ve been standing there staring at an item for days? IF YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO LOOK AT IT PLEASE, PRINT OUT A COPY OF THE PICTURE, HANG IT ON YOUR WALL, & THEN MOVE ON BECAUSE THIS PRICE IS A BARGAIN FOR A PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED ANTIQUE FAN & THE POST OFFICE WON’T HAVE A RATE DECREASE. 2017, & ANOTHER EFFECTIVE JAN. 21, 2018 & ANOTHER 5.9% AVERAGE INCREASE ON PARCELS EFFECTIVE JAN. The item “ANTIQUE/VINTAGE/DECO 30’s ELECTRIC 10 OSCILLATING FAN-PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED” is in sale since Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Electric Fans”. The seller is “7191beth” and is located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Barbados, Sri lanka, Macao, Uruguay.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: A.C. Gilbert