Wooden Propeller Forum  

Go Back   Wooden Propeller Forum > Wooden Propeller Identification > "Modern" Wooden Propellers

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-31-2019, 08:34 PM   #1
azscott
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 3
Default Help Identifying and value?

I have an 80 Sensenich Propeller with the marking DES 34 and a serial number of 26454. HP is 85 and RPM is 2125. Its in great condition.
azscott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2019, 08:43 PM   #2
Dbahnson
Administrator
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,064
Default

That's not a "typical" Sensenich design number, so it may be an early prop, a factory overhauled prop, or a Sensenich manufactured version of another drawing number from a different manufacturer. I must say, "DES 34" is an unusual drawing number in and of itself.

What style of decals are on it? Can you post some photos?
Dbahnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2019, 08:45 PM   #3
azscott
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 3
Default Photos

Here are some photos
azscott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2019, 09:01 PM   #4
Dbahnson
Administrator
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,064
Default

Some things don't quite look normal to me:
1. The paint on the tips is not a color I've seen on a Sensenich prop.
2. The decals are the newer Lancaster design rather than the earlier "Lititz" style. I'm not sure when they started using the newer logo, but the serial number would mean it was manufactured prior to 1942 if made by Sensenich, and I think at that time they were still using the Lititz style then.
3. Something just doesn't look right about the stampings, particularly the "Sensenich" part, which looks to me more like it was carved rather than stamped, and the same can be said for some of the other letters in the other cluster. They just don't have the "crispness" I'd expect from a stamping tool, although it's possible an attempt was made to "re-cut" them to make them clearer.
4. As I mentioned, that design number particularly doesn't fit with the Lancaster style logo.

(Look at all of the areas with small red arrows on this magnification to see what I mean about "crispness". Some lines don't appear precise or straight, and some seem to leave the normal contour of the character The manufacturer's stamps would not have those kinds of changes.)



My "hunch" is that this propeller has had an attempt at "restoration" to make it look original, which it clearly isn't.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Clipboard01.jpg (85.5 KB, 19 views)
Dbahnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2019, 09:12 PM   #5
azscott
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 3
Default

Appreciate the look over! Good to know. Thanks!
azscott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2019, 05:08 PM   #6
Dbahnson
Administrator
Site Admin
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,064
Default

Just to add a bit. Here's a decal from a 1932 to 1942 Sensenich prop with the old style Lititz decals. Notice the crispness of the stampings, and also note that its serial number is much higher than the prop under discussion, yet it still has the older style decals.



So I think your prop is probably from the 1940s or so, but has had a fairly crude attempt at restoration, I don't think that it was ever a Sensenich prop and the decals were added much later than the manufacture date.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Sensen.jpg (39.0 KB, 14 views)
Dbahnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.