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It may be difficult to tell in the photographs, but this is a large fan and it really moves a lot of air - we plugged it in and turned it on high and it blew all the pictures and notes off our refrigerator! This mid-century piece has a real industrial or maybe even an institutional feel.

This fan oscillates properly and has three speeds, all of which work fine. There's a significant difference in each of the speeds, which we found nice. The oscillation speed is tied to the speed setting (it oscillates faster on high than it does on low). The fan runs surprisingly quietly. It could use additional cleaning and probably needs to be oiled regularly but seems to be working properly. There are some scratches and dings on this fan signifying normal use and wear over the years. This includes one "scuff" on the front left of the fan's base. The metal cage does have one wire that is not perfectly rounded (see top right). This could probably be remedied with a bit pushing and pulling. The fan has its original wiring which is in remarkably good condition; however, we always recommend that old wiring be replaced or at least carefully monitored and kept unplugged when not in use.

The name badge on the fan reads "R&M-Hunter" and retains its original bright red coloring. The informational plaque on the fan contains the following additional information about the item: HUNTER DIVISION-ROBBINS & MYERS, INC.; MEMPHIS, TENN.; MADE IN U.S.A.; 110-120 VOLTS, 60 CYCLES, 0.70 AMPS; ALTERNATING CURRENT; SER. HK; MODEL CG16, CAT. NO. CG1657.

This all-metal fan weighs at least 20 pounds but does have a nice handle for carrying it. They don't make them like this anymore!

Hunter Fan Company was founded in 1886. The company began manufacturing desk fans in the 1920s. It became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robbins & Myers, Inc. in 1949 and was owned by R&M until being purchased by a group of its senior managers in 1984. The company still exists today - in fact, we have two Hunter ceiling fans in our house!


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Vintage Hunter Oscillating Metal Fan (Reserved for Mike)


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: metal, wire, motor
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 206 reviews
  • Favorited by: 116 people