Waterwitch Art Deco Streamlined Outboard Motor in Polished Condition

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The Waterwitch motor, although a short - lived design, signaled the modernization and forward movement for something as humble as a fishing boat. Designed by John Morgan, and produced by Kissel Industries, the Waterwitch motor was sold exclusively through Sears Roebucks stores from 1933-1939. The wartime allotment of aluminum stopped production, and the company and Sears contract were bought out by West Bend Aluminum in the 1940s. The defining feature of the stylized motor was certainly its' matched pair of teardrop tanks, advertised as cutting wind resistance in half! We have highly polished our motor and mounted it to a period Art Deco aluminum rolling stand. It is prominently featured in the books "Machine Age in America 1918-1941", and "American Streamlined Design - The World Of Tomorrow".
Details
Creator
John R. Morgan (Designer)
Of the Period
Art Deco
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
1939
Period
1930-1939
Materials and Techniques
Polished   Aluminum
Condition
Fair
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
50 in. H x 27 in. W x 27 in. D
127 cm H x 69 cm W x 69 cm D
Dealer Location
Los Angeles, CA
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU81208132163
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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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