"BUILT TO LAST" was the Emerson logo, and last they did.  This original  Emerson model 21646 was manufactured between 1914 and 1916 and it is still running strong today - over 90 years later.


The Emerson type 21646 is the forerunner to the later 24646, 27646, and the 29646.  Although this basic design was used for many years to come, there were also many features that were changed and never used again.  That is why this fan is so unique with its combination of solid brass wire cage, solid brass struts, solid brass cage badge, brass double hex acorn nuts, deco style step base, lever type oscillator control, and cast iron blade hub.  These features were phased out with the later models. 


If SPECIAL and CONFIDENCE are what you are looking for in an antique electric fan restoration, then this is it.  This is truly top quality work that you can trust and it comes with a 12 month warranty on the motor.   Check my feedback and see how my fan customers feel about my fans.  I have fan customers that have been running their restored Emerson fans for over ten years.

They truly don't build them like this anymore.  The American made Emerson electric fan is probably the best built electric fan ever.


This Emerson electric fan is more than just a beautiful restoration - it is an example of those innovative and technological advances right out of the industrial revolution and the coming of the machine age.  You are looking at true American history preserved.


This fan features 12 inch Parker (unique to Emerson), solid brass blades, adjustable oscillator, and 3 speeds. 


The four, 12" solid brass "Parker" blades have been machine buffed and clear coated.  They have also been stroboscope aligned and dynamically balanced to provide very smooth operation.  These precision blade adjustments are another special step in this restoration.  

SPECIAL NOTE:  To properly treat and prevent reoccurrence of rust and corrosion between the brass blades and the cast iron hub, they are disassembled and processed separately.  After refinishing, they are reassembled using special solid brass rivets and special tooling.  The reassembled blades and hub assembly look and perform like it just came out of the factory.

This is a special step in the restoration that is seldom done by other restorers.  To do it properly, it is expensive and time consuming.


The motor cord and the line cord are matching black, cloth covered cords made especially for antique restorations.  These cords are so much closer to the originals.  The reconditioned, bakelite plug is a vintage  plug that was commonly used on this era fan.


All electrical is thoroughly inspected and the motor field windings are cleaned and resealed. 


Speed control for this fan was completely disassembled for cleaning and restoring.  The choke was rewound to be more compatible with today's higher line voltages and provide an improved RPM differentiation between settings. 

The base, motor housing, and gear housing are constructed of rugged cast iron.  A sliding switch at the base provides a choice of  "off and three different speeds".


Refinishing involved complete disassembly, stripping to bare metal, bead blasting, and then coating with the very best paint system available.  The gun applied finish is the same weather proof finish used on automobiles.  It consists of a catalyst activated primer/filler, a catalyst activated epoxy primer/sealer, 2 coats of color base-coat, and 2 coats of catalyst activated clear-coat.  And it is stunning.


All of the many processes used in this restoration are too numerous to mention in this short description.  I do all of the work myself.  If you have any questions about what has been done to this fan, please email. 


You see my fans from every angle and they look brilliant in the images because they are brilliant.


Here we have a view of the oscillator gear housing, oscillator control and motor positioning controls.  Oscillation can be adjusted from 0 degrees to 90 degrees.


The oscillator control patented in 1916, is the "Ball Detent" style and is appropriate for this fan.  It has been rebuilt to improve its strength and durability.


Powerful 4-pole motor smoothly turns these large blades with ease. The patented design of this Emerson motor was not only the best of that era, but is considered the best to date.  The rotor of this motor actually rides on a shaft that acts as the bearing and is in a constant oil bath.  A new leather seal has been installed to ensure that this oil bath chamber does not leak. 


Oscillator gear housing has been packed with gear lube and is ready for another lifetime of operation.   

Carrying handle is quite handy for moving this rather heavy electric fan.  Beautiful solid brass Emerson motor badge provides the specs for this model.   Badge black background has been repainted, raised brass polished, then clear coated for preservation.


All hardware (screws, etc) has been refinished to original by bluing (a Parkerizing process).  Those original blued screws not replaced with brass screws will be included to give the new owner the option of going back all original.


The handle and gear housing steel fillister-head screws have been replaced with brass fillister-head screws

The fan base has four new rubber feet (grommets).  Speed control can be seen with the cover removed. 


For safe shipping, this fan will be packaged and shipped in two separate cartons.  Some assembly will be required.  Instructions and tools are included.  Technical support via email or telephone will be available and is encouraged if there are any questions or doubts.  Special motor lube is also included. 

This Emerson electric fan has been very carefully, meticulously, and painstakingly restored with total attention to detail and quality.  The new owner will be proud to show it and will thoroughly enjoy using it.


I have been collecting and restoring electric fans for many years, and I stand behind my work 100%.   Also, I am an active member of the "Antique Fan Collectors Association".


Fixed shipping cost of $35.00 is for FedEx Ground in the continental U.S. only.  If FedEx Ground is not available in your area or another carrier is desired, please email for shipping costs.    Packaging is done with new materials and cartons. 


INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS are welcomed, but be aware that this fan motor operates on 110-120 VAC at 60 cycles.  Also, you must email for shipping costs and insurance limitations before bidding.



This restored Emerson 21646 electric fan comes with a written 12 month electrical warranty on the motor and speed control.