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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2021 12:57 am
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Alex Christopher

Joined: Fri Oct 4th, 2013
Hello all, I am open to selling my, what I believe to be, 1937-1938 Westinghouse Poweraire 10" Oscillating Pedestal Fan. I purchased the fan several years back and completely disassembled, cleaned, rewired(red looks brighter in pics than in reality) mostly repainted, and replaced missing parts which are all original except emblem which is a repro sticker on original metal plate. 

The original motor has been replaced. The fan was also missing the switch knob but I was lucky enough to find an original replacement. 

All metal surfaces were repainted a glossy dark brown which is close to original. The shaft was left original except for the coupling because I thought the original patina looked great. The tilt knob was also left original and not repainted.

Cat. # on plate reads 10-SPQ-3 and Serial # looks like a GH. I remember finding a someone similar example in 2018 online but it has since disappeared and cannot find another example of this fan currently online. Also, check out the ad I found in a 1938 Californian newspaper ad(Imperial Valley press., June 21, 1938) that features this exact Westy model. 

Page 2 of the newspaper. Imperial Valley press. (El Centro, Calif.) 1907-current, June 21, 1938, Image 1 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress (

This is a one speed fan and it operates flawlessly, including the telescoping shaft. The spring was cleaned and wiped with linseed oil when reassembled. Micarta blades are in excellent condition as well. 

Not sure what other info I am missing here but if you have any questions feel free to ask. 

I had originally listed this as a "make an offer" type listing but was then advised that that is against forum rules and that a price must be listed. Before I had spent the time and money restoring this fan I had been offered $700. 

This is a rare, very clean and complete example that merely needs to be placed and enjoyed. I would not mind holding onto this fan and continuing to use and enjoy and with that being said my listing price may be high but given the rarity, condition and my fondness of the fan, my selling price is $1400. 

I am located in Bucks County, PA and will only sell if fan is picked up - I am not interested in packaging it up for shipping but mostly would not risk the fan getting damaged in transit, as I have little faith in "Fragile" stickers and delivery folks being careful - so I don't want to risk the loss/hassle. 

Thank you all for taking a look and even if your not interesting in purchasing I hope you enjoy taking a look at this fan! 

Regards, Alex

Last edited on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 01:05 am by Alex Christopher

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2021 10:06 am
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Lane Shirey
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Joined: Wed Apr 30th, 2014
Location: York, Pennsylvania USA
Hi Alex, welcome to the forum. It’s a very nice fan, but with all due respect, the price would be realistic if you moved the decimal point one place. Unfortunately you won’t find anyone willing to pay for your fondness.  

You may also want to elaborate on “ the motor was replaced” 

Best of success selling it.  

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2021 12:38 pm
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Steve Sherwood
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Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: Peculiar, Missouri USA
You should have sold it for $700.

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