1909-1910c. Adams-Bagnall Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A, 12" Jandus Gyro Fan, Custom Collector Fan Restoration, Copper Oxide and Gloss Black Finish
Out of all the antique and vintage ceiling or desk fans that have been through the shop here at Vintagefans.com in Fort Worth, this one has to be one of the coolest. This early Jandus Gyro Fan is one electric fan that you will not see everyday. Manufactured by the Adams-Bagnall/Jandus Company these early revolving ceiling fans first hit the market around 1903. As Jandus described it " A new and distinct class of fan motor apparatus. It presents the latest and best in the art, and is beyond comparison with the familiar old ceiling fan, not only in beauty of design but in the variety and effectiveness of its work."
The Gyro Fan was unusual in the fact that not only did the blades spin but the entire spindle revolves from the propulsion of the blades only. Jandus effectively marketed this machine for use in commercial spaces primarily and targeted " stores, restaurants, hotels, cafes, clubs, banks, counting rooms, offices, telephone exchanges, and reading rooms". The claimed the Gyro fan would "disturb the air in all directions throughout a wide radius. The quietly revolving fixture carries the rapidly rotating fans round and round at the rate of about ten revolutions a minute, thus changing the direction of the blast continuously but repeating it at any given point twenty time each minute."
While the original Jandus Gyro Fan spawned copies by Westinghouse and Emerson in the old days, we have seen others that were "tribute" versions of the fan that were never originally manufactured. Original versions of this fan have been found with both Jandus "round" ball style motor, General Electric 1903-08c. thin "Pancake" style motors, General Electric 1909c-1913 style large motors and what we believe to be the Adams-Bagnall style manufactured motor distinguished by its triangular shaped vent holes, and manufactured during a very short period of time.