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Old 06-23-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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My husband has bought a wooden propeller and we are trying to identify it. Here is the info I have from the propeller 8ft 5in, it has 8 holes, the # on one side is 887590 and the other side has 1478 on this side it has F.O.R and above this I can't really make out U?orL?S? and it looks like maybe an anchor. There is no seal or stamp. It does have tin on the ends with dots. Pictures that I have seen have tin that narrow and extends wider than what this has on it. I hope this is enough info to receive some help.

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Old 06-24-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like one from one of the Navy flying boats from the late teens, but that's just a guess.

A picture would help.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I will try to post a picture in the next few days.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
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Here are some pictures of the propeller. The one that is green is the where the letters are barely visible so I shaded over to try to determine. These letters are located on the right side of hub above F.O.R. The numbers 1478 are located on the bottom center of hub. On the other side are where the numbers 887590 are located. I hope this will help in identifying this propeller.

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Old 06-28-2012, 02:37 PM   #5
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Well, nothing there identifies it positively, but I'm 90% certain that it's one of many models used on one of the Navy flying boats using a Liberty engine. I can't tell from the photo, but many of those models were notched at the front and back to lock two separate 2 blade props together to create a 4 bladed one. It's easy to tell if that's the case by looking at the other side of the hub.

Despite the convincing tracing, I think the letters are actually "F.C.R." although I still don't know what that stands for. It's seen on many of the propellers from that era.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for you information. I do think that what looks like an O could be a C. My husband has mounted the propeller on the wall but I will have to check the back to see if it is notched as you suggested. We didn't think to take a picture of the other side before mounting. (It is very secure on the wall)

I'm curious do you think that the emblem on the right is an anchor?? (1st picture) We didn't even see those markings until it was mounted they were so worn down. My husband purchased the propeller at the Antique Archaeology Store in Nashville Tn "American Pickers". They had just purchased it and had not ran any history on it. I am anxious to watch the episode that gives the info on where it was purchased. Maybe that will also produce some information.

You have been very helpful and I appreciate the time that you have committed to this website.

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Yes, that's an anchor and "USN" around it. It's seen on many props acquired by the Navy during the late teens.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:59 PM   #8
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Thanks once again. This forum has been very interesting and I appreciate the imput on the history of these old wooden propellers. My husband is the history buff but, I have enjoyed doing the research on this propeller. I proudly hang this propeller in my house and will love being able to share it's history with guests and especially my grandchildren. I'm gald my husband didn't listen to me when I was saying "You can't buy that, what are we going to do with it"
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:29 AM   #9
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I used to buy and sell WW1 props but have just retired. What you said to your husband, which you quoted above, is almost universal. I have heard it a thousand times. I am also a world-expert on the expression on a wife's face when I turn up at the front door with a nine foot prop.

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Old 07-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #10
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Thanks for sharing. That is so funny!

I have really enjoyed this forum.
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