This is a Chapman &
Walker fan, a company in Canada, was made only from 1905 to
The first motorized fans
appeared in the 1880s. Before household wiring was universal,
there were experiments with alternative forms of fan power:
water pressure, batteries, even hot air from a kerosene burner.
Pre-1900 fans are quite scarce and expensive. The most expensive
include battery-operated fans created by Thomas Edison's
laboratory back at the birth of the industry. One prize fan made
as a gift to Edison, decorated with an inscribed plaque,
recently brought in the neighborhood of $30,000 at auction.