About Hunter Ceiling Fans & Lighting
The first ceiling fan is born.
In 1886, James C. Hunter buys an interest in the Tuerk Water Meter Company of Syracuse, NY. and proceeds to invent the very first water-powered, belt-driven ceiling fan with whirling blades (just two blades at first). Welcome to the world, life-changing invention!
In 1896 Hunter bought out the remaining interest of the Samuel Tuerk Company and changed its name to the Hunter Fan & Motor Company. As a nod to the Turek Electric Motor, which the Hunters developed, they introduced a new ceiling fan that runs on alternating current: the “Turek Type A.” The fan’s a hit, and as electricity becomes more widely available, the era of the modern ceiling fan begins.
In 1986 to celebrate the company's 100th year anniversary, Hunter introduced a replica of the Tuerk ceiling fan, called the 1886. A similar retro 60 inch two bladed fan in midas black finish is currently available. This fan is ideal for turn of the century setting.