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1934-36c. Emerson 12" Silver Swan Desk Fan

1934-36c. Emerson Electric Company of St. Louis, MO., U.S.A. 12" Silver Swan Vintage Desk Fan

The Emerson Electric Company introduced the Silver Swan at the height of the Depression in 1934. Its creation is an interesting story in itself.

Joe Newman, an Emerson board member who was soon to take Emerson's helm, challenged a St. Louis interior designer named Jane Evans with designing a modern desk fan that would depart conventional desk fan design. The result was one of the most beautiful, yet functional fans ever manufactured. The Silver Swan embodies the graceful elegance that its name implies, while its engineering is premium quality Emerson Electric of the 1930s. Emerson described the fan best in period literature. They simply called it "aristocratic".

This particular Type 5460 12" Emerson Silver Swan desk fan has a very nice original mahogany painted finish. It runs on all three speeds and oscillates. It is available from Unrestored AS/IS to our Premium Full Restoration.


The Silver Swan 12" desk fan features include:

  • Dimensions- 12" Blade Diameter
    Cast Iron Motor Frame and Base, Stamped Steel Guard
  • Functional Art Deco Design
  • Emerson Twin Bearing Motor Design with Dual Oil Ports
  • Polished Spun Aluminum Blade Hub with Polished Aluminum Overlapping Blades
  • Polished Aluminum Rear Motor Cover
  • 3 Running Speeds with Finger Control Oscillation Mechanism to Vary Oscillation
1934-36c. Emerson 12" Silver Swan Desk Fan
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1934-36c. Emerson 12" Silver Swan Desk Fan
1934-36c. Emerson 12" Silver Swan Desk Fan
1934-36c. Emerson 12" Silver Swan Desk Fan


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