1897 Edison Paris Bipolar Electric Fan

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Very Rare 1897 Edison Paris Bipolar Fan. Because French Law Required That Any Inventions Patented In France Must Also Be Manufactured There, Edison Had Sent His Closest Associate, Charles Batchelor, To France In 1881 To Organize A Company For Manufacturing And Installing Edison Lighting Systems. Imitating How The Edison Lighting Organization Was Structured In America, Batchelor Established Three Separate Companies In France: The Compagnie Continentale Edison (Which Controlled The Patents); The Societe Industrielle and Commerciale (Which Manufactured Equipment); And The Societe Electrique Edison (Which Installed The Systems). To Manufacture Incandescent Lamps And Dynamos, Batchelor Built A Factory In Ivry, On The Outskirts Of Paris.

To Our Knowledge, This Is The Only Surviving Example. Very Unique And Almost Square In Design. This Is A True Survivor From The Edison Paris Workshop. The Iron Frame Shows Some Surface Oxidation. The Brass Components Show Nice Patina And As Expected Dirt Oxidation In The Sharp Corners. The Coils Appear To Have Been Reinsulated At Some Point In Its Past. A Few Wires On The Rotor Have Been Touched Up With Red Insulation. Motor Is Mounted To A Wood Base With Brass Claw Feet. This Base Gave The Needed Height For Blade Clearance. This Blade Varies In Style From That Seen In The Advertisement. Possible An Earlier Or Later Variation. This Piece Was Part Of A Private Collection Which Was Comprised Of Many Museum Quality Pieces.