To see examples of antique motors and related antiques that I currently have for sale
please go to our sister site
visit the numerous sale pages you will find there. To view Past Sales
Results for these antiques click the appropriate link to the right.
Early Electric Motors / Fans / Dynamos & More
Other scientific related antiques that we
are interested in buying and can help you with
would include very early electrical devices such as pre 1900 electric
motors and dynamos. These are oftentimes referred to as Open Frame
or Bi-Polar motors. (see pic at left).While Edison fans are probably
the best known early electrical device that is typically seen he was also
instrumental in developing stand alone motors and dynamos. These
ranged in size from as small as battery powered toy motors to dynamos
large enough to power entire towns. See the
electric motor / dynamo archives to see an example of an
Edison Long Leg Dynamo that dates from 1884. Water powered motors
from this era are of interest as well. Toy size electric motors and
dynamoes have an info page found at this link.
Early electric and
water powered fans of all types have their own page on this site.
Past sale results for antique electric and water
powered fans can be found
at this link. We are also
interested in any pre 1900 electrical devices such as demonstrator
or open frame bi-polar motors antique dynamos, and generators, early telegraph keys and
pieces, early light bulbs, turn of the century or earlier electric
appliances, and so forth. This would also include pre 1900 meters and guages from
before the turn of the last century. Any antique electrical devices by Edison,
Western Electric, or that have
the name Tesla associated with them would be of special interest as well.
We are full time experienced antique dealers who specialize in patented / mechanical
& scientific related antiques as well as
tools and technology. I
can help you sell early examples of electrical technology ranging
from early or vintage electric motors, antique electric fans, telegraphy
and telegraph keys,
medical quackery devices, all the way to
vintage electric light bulbs, early electric meters and more.
On this page I will show you some pictures
and provide you some general info to give you an idea of what we
are interested in and can help you with. Basically, both full size
toy size or miniature electric motors that date from near the turn of the
last century or before are of special interest and most desirable. Full
size bi polar or open frame electric motors, and antique fans are covered on their own pages on this site.
Past sales results for all can be found through the links to the right
Most small vintage electric motors resemble early large electric motors
from the same time period. They are referred to as open framed and or
bi-polar in design. The first few miniature electric motors
about 3 or 4" tall. Some like the Porter Electric Motor on the left just above or the
Manhattan electric motor came in graduated sizes up to 10 or 12" tall.
can be found with fan blades or not.
Different versions sell for different amounts, but in general the values
range from about $100 to $300 or sometimes more for these small toy motors.
On the right is a common form battery powered
electric motor from near the turn of the century.
It has a label that says Ajax and can be found marked Hustler and a few
other names. This one is a bit
different because of the fan blade, but it is a common small electric motor none the less.
Full size early electric motors and open
framed or battery operated electric fans look similar but are much
Small electricmotors that came with erector sets are pretty common as well. Toy
Electric motors that came with toy steam engines like Weeden and Bing
as shown here are similar in design, function, and a step better. They
too came in graduated sizes and generally sell in the $100 - $300 range
Just to the left is an example of an
type toy electric motor. It has a cast iron base and a flywheel. It
was most likely sold as part of a steam toy or as an electrical demonstrator. This
type or style motor can be found in a variety of different sizes as well.
The next picture is of an
electric motor called the Manhattan, and this motor came in various sizes
and configurations as well. The one pictured is one the smaller
available and was most likely sold as a simple demonstrator or toy, but
larger sizes like the #3 size were sold as working
battery powered fans in early novelty catalogs.
Early Toy Steam Engines
next picture is of a common form of toy steam engine that was
made by a
number of different makers over the years. This particular one is
called "The Pioneer" and was made or marketed by a fellow named Edgar Side of Philadelphia, PA.
near the turn of the century. It is unusual in that it is in
its box, and for the fact that it cost a whopping $15.00 back near the turn
of the last century. It is a hard to find variation. Most toys
from this era cost but a dollar or two including most child size sewing machines
made for the girls of the day .
must have been bought out by Weeden or some other maker as his toy steam
engines are quite rare and hard to find but are almost exactly the same design as
those offered by these larger better known makers in later years.
These can sell over a wide range from $100 or so to well over $2000 for
rarer and more unusual variations.
Other makers of similar toys were
Weeden, Bing, Jensen, and Plank to name a few. Some of the nicest
and most detailed examples of toy steam engines were German and made in
the 1880's and up to the first World War. Some of these toys in the
form of boats trains and both vertical and horizontal steam engines can
command prices into the 5 or even 6 figures.
have also pictured a contemporary model of a slightly larger steam engine that is
quite well done.
types of models are also available as kits and are really nice pieces of
craftsmanship when finished properly. They are often sold at Christies
auction venues and identified as works of art. There are many
similar but earlier examples that were shop
built by skilled machinists, and many of
these models are desirable and of interest as well.
Another type of motor or generator found were used as
demonstrators in classroom settings. Later examples are oftentimes
found marked Central Scientific. They offered things like seen here
as well as cutaway models of motors and engines.
next couple of picture are of other small bi-polar and open frame electric motors of the
vintage and form that I am actively seeking. Please contact
if you know of or have similar pieces
that are for sale.
The electric and steam powered devices
pictured are examples of the
caliber, condition and quality of this type of antique that we can help
you with. Past sales results can be found by clicking the
appropriate link in the right column
To see examples of antiques
that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site
at www.Patented-Antiques.com and
visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.
Larry & Carole