1909-10c. Western Electric Company, Hawthorn (Formely Victor), Chicago, IL., Manufactured By Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co., Pittsburgh, PA., U.S.A. 56" Antique Ceiling Fan, Fully Restored, New Standard Gloss Black Finish, Solid Mahogany Blades.
The Western Electric Company contracted with Westinghouse to manufacturer their new alternating current ceiling fan for 1909-10c. Western Electric marketed it under their brand name of Hawthorn, with the explanation in parenthesis that the Hawthorn name was formely known as Victor. Prior to this models introduction, Western Electric opened a new facility in Hawthorne, Illinois and this likely explains the marketing name change. Though the motor badge read Western Electric, the fan is identical to its Westinghouse twin. During this period,Westinghouse also breifly supplied this powerful ceiling fan to several other companies to market as their own. This included Dayton , Robbins and Myers and possibly others.
This model enjoyed a relatively long life(1909-22c.) in the Westinghouse line up. The early versions have 12 threaded holes tapped into the bottom plate, for up to 12 individual light "electrolier" arms when needed. Later versions feature the standard four threaded holes that was typically the standard. Westinghouse originally offered this model in two finishes. The standard being a black japan enameled finish and the optional molted copper oxide finish.
The unconventional movement (the entire center section of the motor revolves) of this model creates a unique atmosphere and allows this model to be installed on lower ceilings.
Period company literature proclaims " The Westinghouse ceiling fans have proved a very great success owing to their effectiveness as well as to their ornamental design. These fans are very economical to operate, requiring only about the same current as two standard incandescent lamps."
Our featured antique Western Electric Company badged Westinghouse 56" was recently removed from the ceiling of a historic Texas home. The fan has a historical significance in that it belonged to a prominent Texas businessman whom a local city in North Texas was named in honor of.
Some of the standard features of the 1909-10c. Western Electric or Westinghouse 56" Antique Ceiling Fan include:
• Cast Iron Frame and Motor Housing Construction.
• Oil Bath Lubrication System Continuously Bathes the Shaft in a Curtain of Oil.
• Thrust Bearing Design is Immersed in Oil at All Times.
• Unique Motion with Motor Revolving.
• Gloss Black, Other Colors or Plated Finishes Available.
• Solid State Speed Control Allows for a Variety of Speeds.