Collecting Antique Electric Fans

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People have long since struggled to remain comfortable amid changes in weather. When it’s hot, you want to be cool, and when it’s cold, you want to be warm. In ancient times, fire could produce heat in winter, but there really wasn’t a good way to cool off in the summer, aside from getting wet. Once the age of electricity came about, the electric fan was invented, which made it possible to remain comfortable in warmer weather. Eventually, the introduction of air conditioning made greater comfort possible, but even today, electric fans remain in use for both homes and industrial purposes.

Fans don’t actually cool you off, they simply provide a breeze which can aid in the evaporation of perspiration, creating a cooling effect. Early fans were hand-powered, but in the 1920’s, improvements in electrical motors and manufacturing ability made it possible to produce electric fans on a large-scale in order to sell them to consumers at affordable prices. Because fans were ubiquitous for decades in people’s homes, they were often made to look decorative, rather than utilitarian. In the 1930’s, numerous designs became available in the Art Deco style. These short-lived fans are now highly sought-out by collectors; as is just about anything else made for the home in the Art Deco genre.

Models made in the 1940’s and 1950’s were often made from brightly-colored painted metal in order to more easily blend in or stand out from surroundings, depending on what the homeowner wanted. Ceiling fans also became popular during this time, as they could effectively circulate air throughout an entire room, effectively keeping all of it cool at once.

Collectors of early twentieth century and mid-century modern artifacts actively seek out antique fans, mostly as decorative items. Many of them were made from brass or copper and when polished, look quite attractive today. Few of these older fans survive, as many of them were discarded due to the motors wearing out, or because the owner replaced them with an air conditioner. A nice working example of a vintage electric fan can easily sell for several hundred dollars, and more so if they are of particularly unusual Art Deco designs. These items look great on display, either on a table or a shelf.

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Buyers should be aware that many vintage fans may have defective wiring that should be replaced. If you should purchase an antique fan and intend to use it, be sure to have it examined by a qualified electrician in order to avoid any potential shock or fire hazards. In most cases, the wiring will have to be completely replaced, as time can make the insulation crack or peel. It’s better to be safe than sorry.for more information, read this blog here.

Here on our Website we offer a wide variety of electric fans, including those made from copper and brass as well as vintage ceiling fans. Prices and styles vary widely, so keep an eye out for new items as they appear. We should have something here that will appeal to everyone.

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