Collectible fans are mostly old and rare fans, which form an easy and inexpensive hobby, widely pursued by fan collectors worldwide. There are many different types of collectible fans that you can choose from, including electric fans, fans which are powered by wet cell batteries, water fans, hot air fans and wind-up fans. Water-powered fans are the most popular category under collectible fans, largely due to the simplicity of their construction.
The Story of collectible Fans startet in the 1880s
Vintage fan collection began as a hobby in the early 1880s, when electric fans first appeared and water fans and other old models went out of style. The first electric fan was basically a blade attached to an electric motor. These early fans were quite a novelty, found either in large offices or wealthy homes. In the early 1890s, fan cages appeared to protect the expensive fan and blade from damage. Around 1900, the earliest oscillating fans began to appear and by 1904, the first mechanical oscillating fan had made an entry into the market. Around 1910, electric fans were being made for residential use and with the introduction of the Silver Swan, by Emerson in 1932, the popularity of fans rose manifold. But by 1950, air conditioning was becoming available for homes and there started the decline in demand for these fans. Eventually by the 1960s, most makers began to phase out their fan lines. Now, these antique models form the much coveted collectible fans, offered for sale in various forums for fan collectors.
Vintage fan collecting is an easy and inexpensive hobby to get started with. If you want to explore the scope of collectible fans, check out the fan collector site set up by the American Fan Collectors Association. The excellent site is full of resources for both collectors and would-be collectors. But if you want to buy collectible fans, then there are certain points that you need to be aware of. For one, make sure that it has a slide switch, and that it operates on all the speeds it is supposed to. In case you come across an oscillating fan among the collectible fans you are looking at, make sure there are no cracks in the housing. Also, when buying collectible fans you would have to check if it is compatible with the type of current provided in your area. Apart from all this, you need to do enough research about the different types of collectible fans, so as to spot fake or damaged pieces.
As with all antiques, collectible fans in good condition are worth more than the ones that have been restored. Restored fans are usually purchased more for decorative use and might not always be functional. Collectible fans can be found and purchased on eBay, an online auctioning platform, where you need to take all necessary precautions to safeguard yourself against fakes. The Antique Fan Collectors Association also runs a web site that features a forum where members and non-members buy, sell and trade collectible fans.