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Old 06-21-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default (Dutch?) Gnome 160 propeller (Oberursel U.III?)

A gentleman on the following Dutch aviation forums is wonderig about the value of a propeller:

http://www.nederlandseluchtvaart.nl/...opeller-21145/

it has been found there, that it is most likely a Dutch propeller: it has the word 'spoed' on it, which is used for 'pitch'.

It also has '160 pk Gnome' written on it. 'pk' Is dutch for horsepower.

This means it was most likely built by the Dutch 'Air Department' (the then-time air force) for one of the Fokker D.III's, which were ordered from germany during WWI and powered by an Oberursel U.III engine.

It has a working clock in the hub, so it's not intact.

Other data:

length: 2600mm

Text:

MODEL AA
160PK GNOME
SPOED 245
D260

You can find photographs in the link.

Would it be possible for you to give an indication of its value? We would be most obliged.

Thank you,

Joris
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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Can you download the photos to your computer then upload them here? I couldn't open them on that forum.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:21 PM   #3
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Yes of course, thanks for the quick response. Some big pictures coming up:







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Old 06-21-2012, 05:38 PM   #4
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The metal sheathing suggests that it is a post WW1 propeller, and it looks to me that the hub has been carved out in order to fit the clock into it. The hub alteration substantially reduces its value. I'm guessing that it would sell for something in the $500 range on ebay, but you never know. I would first remove the clock and assess the hub for alterations.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:58 AM   #5
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Dave, many thanks for giving us an estimate.

It's a shame that so many of these propellers have been damaged with clocks, really.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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I would add that the mounting brackets on the back further adversely affect the value. Without those, and with the clock removed, the propeller could conceivably be displayed backwards on a wall and still look nice.

If this were mine, I would probably remove the brackets and do just that.
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