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Old 11-25-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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Question Prop found approx. 1956 in woods broken. Kind?

Manufacturer Gardner Propeller Co., Forest Park, IL
Markings: DES. 891 SER. 43-1383
Found broken in half on a farm in central WI.
No known accident to attribute it to.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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I have no information on that Gardner design number. Sorry.

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Old 11-28-2008, 10:19 AM   #3
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Thank you Lamar. Hopefully someone else, maybe closer to home, may have a clue. The entire mystery of finding only half a prop with no reports of an accident is intriguing.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:30 AM   #4
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Wooden propellers get broken all of the time without anything being recorded as an accident, although technically the engine needs to be inspected when that happens. This happens especially on rough fields. It was so common in the barnstorming and early mail days that spare propellers were usually kept on some locations to avoid waiting for them to be shipped.

I'm guessing that the "43" in the serial number likely indicates the year it was manufactured.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:05 AM   #5
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Thanks Dave. The prop was found in a woodlot on a farm. Did you see my pictures?
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