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 Posted: Fri Sep 8th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Eric Keebler
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Hello, fan enthusiasts! I'm wondering if any of you are knowledgeable about Wright electric (DC) fans from the 1890s. I developed a fascination with old mechanical objects as a kid, and for years I had this one sitting around as a decorative item in my room in the house I grew up in; I re-discovered it while helping deal with my father's estate, clearing out my old room as a side-task. Having become friends over the past few years with several people who collect fans, I am now curious as to the origins of this one. My online searches led to a few posts in these forums with images of advertisements that depict this fan (along with large battery apparatuses and novel stands), plus a few Google Books scans showing more ads and with a little text talking about the "electric sand" battery technology; but that's the full extent of what I've found - no photos of other surviving examples. Is this a rare item? Many thanks for any information anyone might have!








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 Posted: Sat Sep 9th, 2017 02:18 am
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Jim Kovar
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Very RARE!


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 Posted: Sat Sep 9th, 2017 03:23 am
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Jeff Whitfield
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O.k.
So the rule we all abide by as members is if you want to sell the fan on this forum that you start a thread over on the buy, sell, trade section. You must post an asking price. There are no requests for best offers or anything else of similar nature.

That's a really nice piece to start a collection with, by the way. You might try joining the AFCA. That will give you full access to the search capabilities of this web site.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 9th, 2017 03:27 am
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Jim Kovar
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June 22, 1892...


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 Posted: Sat Sep 9th, 2017 03:56 am
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Electric Sand. :D

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 Posted: Sun Sep 10th, 2017 05:36 am
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Eric Keebler
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Many thanks for the replies! I now wonder whether any of the Wright batteries might survive somewhere - it would be fantastic to recreate the original setup in its entirety.

Despite this fan's sentimental value to me, it is rapidly becoming clear both that its financial value is considerably higher, and that an experienced collector/restorer will provide the best home for it long-term and ensure that it is not lost to history. I wish to respectfully abide by the forum rules, and so will do my research on that matter elsewhere.

In the meantime, though, I would be happy to undertake any additional measurements, photography, or other observations that would be of value to members of this community - knowledge should be shared!

Thank you again.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 12th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Eric Keebler
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I have now put this fan up for sale in the Buy-Sell-Trade section, along with better photographs. Thanks again to everyone who has communicated with me and offered information and advice!

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 Posted: Tue Sep 12th, 2017 06:22 pm
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Jesse Sanders
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Thank you for sharing this, very interesting, i'm going to have to see if I can't recreate a sand battery now :P

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