10" Art Deco Desk /Wall Fan, MASTERCRAFT BERSTED Mfg Co #1008, All Metal 1940s Vintage Gothic Spiderweb Steampunk Design, Retro Cool, WORKS!
Cool off in 'Retro Cool' style with this his attractive, Art Deco, Gothic Spiderweb Steampunk vintage 10" MASTERCRAFT, Electric Desk / Wall Fan, Model No. 1008. I am thinking this fan was made in the 1940s. According to the information given by the manufacturer imprinted on the aluminum bottom plate, it is made by "MASTERCRAFT 105-120 V. 55W. Model 1008 60 Cycle BERSTED MFG. CO. Fostoria, Ohio."
This fan is an exceptional example of the wonderfully designed small appliances from a bygone era. It is in very nice, original vintage condition and features a heavy, cast metal base that has that classic textured matte finish of the era in black. The bullet shaped fan motor housing is silvery chrome with 4 vent slots and an oil port on the top side to lube the bearing. The 10 inch, 4-blade aluminum fan blade is housed inside a metal, heavy gauge wire blade guard cage that appears to be a stylized spiderweb in design, which makes this fan very appealing!
And while on the subject of the blade guard cage, please remember to be careful of your fingers, etc. when the fan is in use! The grill does not prevent children, pets or people from getting to the blades! So use good judgement and certainly, don't reach for the fan without looking and DO NOT ADJUST while running! Setting the fan up on the top of a bookcase works well, especially if you have it plugged into a switched outlet. (The last photo shows it this way.)
The fan is adjustable--tilt-able--up or down, so you can direct the cool breeze to just where you need it. There is a key-hole shaped hole in the bottom, so you could also hang the fan from a wall as well as use on a table or bookshelf.
The fan works, as you can see in the 1st photo, and has been cleaned up. It is in very nice, cosmetic, vintage condition. There is minor paint wear on the bullet motor housing on its left side. I would just dab on some flat black paint to disguise this a bit if you like. (A q-tip or toothpick would do.) The chrome bullet has a few, very light small dots on it but no dents or major scratches. I did not try chrome cleaner on it; I just wiped it off with a soft cloth. The aluminum fan blade has a tiny dimple in one blade and a tiny edge ding in its neighboring blade. (6th picture, blades in6 and 3 O'clock positions.) The MASTERCRAFT triangle name tag is good, as you can see in the photos.
The fan throws a fair amount of air and the motor runs smoothly when tilted more downward; it has a slight tick when tilted up. (I did just oil it, so that might improve.) Motors of this era usually had replaceable bearings.
The fan could be left as it is or painted in a totally new color. Sometimes people repaint these fans in fanciful ways, adding floral, geometric, or even animal print motifs, but I think this one is just splendid as it is--no need to improve it!
MEASUREMENTS: As mentioned, the fan blade is 10 inches across, at the widest points. The wire cage grill measures 11 1/4 inches at the widest point. The fan from table to top of grill, when fan is pointed straight ahead, is 13 1/4 inches tall, and 9 1/2 inches to the top of the motor housing.
The base measures 5 1/4 inches wide by 7 3/8th inches. The cord with rubber plug measures 50 inches (4 feet, 2 inches) to where the plug is attached. It plugs into typical, U.S. household outlets. The fan is heavy, weighing 6 3/4 pounds.
There is not an on/off switch works, but if you do not have a switched outlet in the room, you could purchase one of those inexpensive switched outlet switches or switched power strips that just plug into any standard outlet.
The fan's black and silver color and Art Deco / Gothic design elements fits in well with many different vintage decors, such as Gothic, Art Deco, Industrial, or Steampunk. It could even be a fun touch juxtaposed with modern, minimalist decors.
Whatever your style, it would serve as a very welcome, functional addition to your home this summer--especially on hot days!
Feel free to ask questions. The fan is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin (just west of Milwaukee County.)
I sell from a smoke-free, pet-free home. All sales are final. Payment is due in cash upon pickup.
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