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Vintage Stewart Warner Wings

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Speed~On, May 29, 2018.

  1. Speed~On
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    A few years ago I became interested in early Stewart Warner products. One such item I've always been quite fond of is their Wing Emblems. They're almost like fine jewelry. These first appeared in the 1930's on S.W. refrigerators and other industrial products. A few years ago I found one for sale. As I spoke to the owner he stated he had several in his collection he would entertain selling. He sent photos of numerous wings and of course I wanted each one. They were all in remarkable condition and the art deco look is beautiful. Over the past several years I have added 10 to my collection. These are getting very difficult to find. I'm fortunate to have several different examples in my collection and all are in remarkable condition for their age.

    Here is a Stewart Warner refrigerator ad from 1937. Note the wing on the front door.
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    My collection
    This is a 3 3/4" porcelain wing which was produced in 1937. (the blue shield and "Stewart Warner" inlay are porcelain) Stewart Warner used this emblem on the front door of their refrigerators.

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    Here is another 3 3/4" porcelain wing from a 1937.
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    I was fortunate to find another one in great condition.
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    This wing is unique in that "Stewart Warner" is raised letters. The others are inlayed and filled with porcelain. This is a 3 3/4" wing.
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    This is probably my coolest wing; it's larger at 4" wide and it's curved. It was produced in the 1930's. It came off a Stewart Warner alignment machine. The porcelain presents well and it would look killer mounted on a dash filled with 1950's SW 2 5/8" curved glass, smooth bezel, crescent needle gauges.
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    This 4" wing came after the porcelain wings. The shield and "Stewart Warner" inlays are painted.
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    This next 4" machined wing is pretty cool. I believe this also came from an industrial piece.
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    I was fortunate enough to find another 4" porcelain wing.
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    This is one of the more unique wings in my collection as the shield does not have bars. Rather a large S and W make up the shield. The contrast between the maroon and shiny stainless looks killer.
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    This was a great addition to the collection as well. The copper and black have a great old world look and the raised letters really set it off.
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    I have a Stewart Warner display cabinet where I keep my vintage S.W. wings, gauges, accessories...and well...all things vintage S.W.
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    Curious if other HAMBers have any Stewart Warner Wings?
     
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  2. Nobey
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    No I think you have them all; just kidding, nice collection.....
     
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  3. Ryan
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    Those are rad.
     
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  4. alchemy
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    Those are very cool. As a collector of all things Stewart-Warner, I am jealous. I think I have one emblem in my stash somewhere, but don't remember which kind it is. Certainly not as nice a condition as yours.

    Not to muddy up your thread, but I do like collecting everything I can find/afford with the Stewart-Warner name on it. I've of course got automotive gauges/panels, and also Southwind heaters, bicycle speedos and hubs, baking dishes, advertising, company stock certificates, employee literature and factory ID cards/badges, matchbooks, and many catalogs. No refrigerators though.
     
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  5. fleetside66
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    Fantastic collection, T.J. If you don't collect something odd in your life, you're definitely missing something. Do I recall seeing another part of those refrigerators that had the Stewart-Warner name or logo? I think it was a long stainless bar that may have been a pull handle or something? I don't see anything on your picture...maybe a later model?
     
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  6. Speed~On
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    Thank you, Greg!
    Yes, you are correct and you described that emblem perfectly. That model fridge and emblem was introduced in the 1940's. The first emblem of that type was long and narrow. It had Stewart-Warner spelled out, between the Stewart and Warner was a small etching of the wing logo. You rarely see these.
    After that emblem came the emblem that you described. It was a long piece of polished stainless, Stewart Warner was spelled out, but there was no other logo on it, just "STEWART-WARNER".
    I only know of these because I like old Stewart Warner emblems, mainly because they would look so cool and right at home on a vintage hot rod dash panel filled with old SW gauges.

     
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  7. Doc.
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    Very nice collection
     
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  8. continentaljohn
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    Crazy cool collection and you said you collected Stewart Warner goodies but crazy how many badges you have. I run across a lot of SW stuff but never one of them...
     
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  9. Moriarity
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    Those are really cool. I have never seen one for sale but I do have this S/W nameplate that I used on this display piece I made for gauges IMG_1405.JPG IMG_1407.JPG


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  10. woodbutcher
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    :D SW also made some damn fine radios too.Table type and floor models.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
    Leo
     
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  11. Enjoying this thread. I always look for those emblems but never find them.
     
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  12. RainierHooker
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    I have this porcelained metal refrigerator dish with a winged glass top:

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  13. Now that is cool. I dig it.
     
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  14. Ric Dean
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    ... As long as the topic of Wings SW Display Badge has come up here is a 1930’s SW Instr Cluster and a blow-up of a SW Made in the USA Badge. Some of the gauges were bowered and the Waltham Speedo has since been replaced with a SW. This is all going into a prewar Deuce build. I made this Poster to hang in my Livingroom to show where my priorities are, my wife lets me keep it up some times. :):rolleyes: SW Inline-5 yello + green frame 2g resize .jpg
     
  15. Speed~On
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    In 1937 the Winkler Oil Burner was introduced to the market. In short order they became the predominant oil burner producer in the United States. The majority of homes and buisinesses throughout the U.S. used thier product to provide heat. They were known for their high quality. In 1953 Stewart Warner purchased Winkler (U.S. Machine Corp.) and continued production.
    I found this S.W. emblem from an oil burner, it's in great condition.

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    This is where the old Stewart Warner Fuel Oil Temp gauges and Fuel Oil Pressure gauges were used. (These old 2 5/8" gauges are super cool looking)
     
  16. Speed~On
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    This is another really old Stewart Warner piece that is in my collection. It is an an old employee key chain.

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  17. Moriarity
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  18. Dam that some cool stuff right there.....I like it all and have looked for this stuff and never found any of it in all my years. I do have a work station that was made by SW in my shop and it is very cool.
     
  19. Ric Dean
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    383deuce,
    ... lets see a photo of it:)
    Ric
     
  20. Okie Pete
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    IMG_0180.JPG IMG_0179.JPG Here's a frige I found . I'll try to get a better picture sorry .
     
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  21. Speed~On
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  22. Speed~On
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    Recently, I was fortunate enough to find yet another 1937 Stewart Warner stainless wing with porcelain. It will make a great addition to my collection. This wing is in remarkable condition as the porcelain is perfect and the stainless is beautiful.

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  23. fleetside66
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    I was a little over a year old & I begged my mom to go, but she would have none of it.
     
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  24. greg32
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    This thread just made my day. Beautiful stuff from an age gone by. Thanks to everyone for posting.
     
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  25. 1940rpu
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    Looks like this is the right thread to answer a question for me. I found this Stewart Warner branded tray a couple years ago. Thought it as cool and picked it up but still not sure what it is. It measures about 10" x 19 3/4" and I assume it is a refrigerator tray of some kind. Not sure how it would fit into use in a frig however. Anybody know how this was used?
     
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  26. Speed~On
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    Greg,
    Your Stewart Warner Open House souvenir is super rad. I was lucky enough to find one a few years ago, too.

    I bumped into the guys from Stewart Warner Corp. this past June. They took these photos of it and posted it on their Instagram page.
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  27. Speed~On
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    @1940rpu Yes, that is a tray from either the refrigerator or the ice box as SW made both. Some of those trays were made of jadeite glass and look almost identical to yours. Is yours metal or jadeite glass? Either way, your tray is awesome!!!
     
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  28. 1940rpu
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    Thanks for the information Speed-on. The tray is metal with enamel.
     
  29. jhtrlake
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  30. Tim
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    man that’s awesome!

    lots of neat stuff being posted :)
     

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