GILBERT 2 SPEED 12 OSCILLATING DESK FAN CATALOG #A34 – APPRX. 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 1920. 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 trained dentist). In an era before air conditioning existed & in the depression, electric fans were of great importance & an expensive luxury. The 1934-35 season saw the introduction of larger, slightly overlapping “cloverleaf” shaped blades on the more expensive gilbert models to move more air more quietly than the previous narrow blades & it worked very well. Talk about american engineering, this work horse has a knob that twists & operates a worm gear to tilt the fan head front or back! I have restored MANY fans & i can say that this one will circulate air in a larger room or area very efficiently. This fan has been completely disassembled. The blade guard, blades, stand, motor housings & bottom cover plate have been blasted & POWDER COATED, not painted (a process baked on at 500 degrees that is 10 times harder & more durable than paint) in gloss black (the blades in mirror silver). The motor was disassembled, thoroughly cleaned, & polished. 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 switch. 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 gets the head polished & 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. Because i just don’t understand the point. Do these people get 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. The item “ANTIQUE/VINTAGE/DECO 30’s ELECTRIC 12 OSCILLATING FAN-PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED” is in sale since Friday, March 09, 2018. 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, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: A.C. Gilbert