In the last few years the Menominee Staghorn has grown to become one of the more coveted antique fans amongst collectors. It's hard to argue why, they are simply beautiful fans and very compact at only 8". Despite its small size, there is more than enough cast brass and cast iron on this fan to satisfy anyone's interest in heavy antique Americana.
The Menominee Staghorn fan gets its namesake from the unique cast-brass cage struts which are mounted to the top and bottom of the motor. Brought to the market in around 1910, these fans were not mass-marketed but are still reasonable well represented amongst collections regardless.
The Menominee Staghorn was designed to run on 100v AC or DC current through its incorporation of a universal brush-type motor. As a result though, they are not the quietest fans out there and I rarely run mine except to show it off. Both the brushes and the gearbox make some noise. I believe both of these noises could be quieted down with the proper servicing, but unfortunately I have too many projects in my queue and this fan is just stunning to appreciate as-is.
As usual, Darryl Hudson (www.hudsoncustommachining.com), a well respected member of the AFCA and historian, has produced a well written synopsis of the history of the Menominee company. I've posted an excert below and urge you to visit his website for more information about these and other fans:
Based on Darryl's description above, it would appear our fan is a 1910 or 1911 model because it features the Z-shaped keeper over the oscillation engagement knob but does not have a banner in the center of the cage ring.
The Staghorn in White Glove Fans' collection was originally restored by the talented AFCA member Todd Mann. It was chosen to leave the blades un-lacquered so that they could age naturally and form a beautiful patina with time. This fan has certainly done just that. Please enjoy the photos below.
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