Sunday, April 24, 2011

1918 Century Electric Company Brass Bladed Fan

St. Louis-based Century Electric Company began manufacturing ceiling fans in the late 1880s.  After the turn of the century, they expanded their line of fans to include desk models, and this is one excellent example.

This fan features 10" diameter solid brass blades with a steel cage, and the motor housing and base are also steel.  The fan is a non-oscillating model with two speeds (high and low) and dates to between 1915-1918. 

Over 90 years old, the fan is in very good original condition.  There is some minor paint loss to the cage, and some light scratches and scuffs on the motor and base.  The fan operates smoothly and quietly and both speeds.  The cord has been replaced with a modern rubber cord for safety.

The fan stands 16" tall, and is 13" wide.

The nice example is ready to use and enjoy.


Note:  Century Electric Company was acquired by Hunter Fan and Motor Company  around the Great Depression.  Hunter has remained in business to this day (located in Memphis, TN), and is one of the last American companies still manufacturing fans.

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