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Windmill Weight Photographs

Additional pictures were added to this page on 2/11/13.

Used during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, windmill weights were made in a wide variety of forms. Some were used as govenor weights, later replaced by springs. Others were used as a counter-balance on vaneless mills only to be replaced by tail vanes and stems as oil-bath mills were developed. And some were used for decorative purposes only without any impact on the windmills function. Consistency was weak as  mold patterns had slight design variations from mill size to mill size as well as changes created by mold updates or marketing strategies.

We sell windmill weights as well as collect them. For those that are considering begining a collection we urge caution when starting as there are as many reproduction weights available for sale as there are authentic pieces. We suggest you only deal with reputable vendors and seek advice from qualified individuals. We will gladly provide contact information for such experts upon request.

The photos included below are offered as an educational guide and reference. Please send us pictures of your windmill weights for inclusion in this photo gallery.

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Challenge Co., Batavia, IL
10ft Challenge Vaneless, 35lbs

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Simpson Windmill & Machine Co., Fairbury, NE
10ft Hanchett Bull, 22lbs

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, NE
Dempster #1, 57lbs

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Various Manufacturers
Govenor & Counter Balance Weights

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Elgin Centennial, 53lbs

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Baker Mfg. Co., Evansville, WI
Monitor L, 50lbs

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Twin Wheel Mfg. Co., Hutchinson, KS
10ft Twin Wheel Vaneless, 50lbs

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Hildreth Iron Works, Hildreth, NE
10ft Success, 56lbs

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Gander Mill Works, Mishawaka, IN
Unknown Counter Balance

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Crane & Ordway Co., St. Paul, MN
Counter Balance, 37lbs

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, NE
Dempster #3 & 4, 13lbs

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Baker Mfg. Co., Evansville, WI
Monitor L Disc, 50lbs

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Unknown Mfg.
Unknown mill, 13lbs

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, NE
Dempster #14, 14lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
10ft Hummer L, 9lbs

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Batavia Mill Co., Batavia, IL
10ft Success, 24lbs

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Althouse-Wheeler Co., Waupun, WI
16ft Pipe Raymond, 103lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Elgin E, 43lbs

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 Flint & Walling Mfg. Co, Kendallville, IN
14ft Leader Govenor, 45lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Elgin Centennial, 60lbs

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Unknown Mfg.
Unknown Mill, 20lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
12ft Hummer L, 10lbs

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Breyer Brothers, Whiting & Co., Waupun, WI
Bell Vaneless, 50lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Elgin Mogul, 56lbs

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Fairbury Windmill Co., Fairbury, NE
12ft No. 2, 58lbs

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Breyer Brothers, Whiting & Co., Waupun, WI
Ozark Vaneless, 38lbs

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Fairbanks-Morse & Co., Chicago, IL
10ft Vaneless Type V, 17lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
10ft Elgin #2 Govenor, 7lbs

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Baker Mfg. Co., Evansville, WI
Original Monitor Vaneless Ball, 46lbs full

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Elgin Windmill Co., Elgin, IL
Govenor, 22lbs

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Perkins Windmill Co., Mishawaka, IN
12ft & 10ft Wood Open Wheel Mills
30 lbs & 23lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
10ft Hummer, 31lbs

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Fairbury Windmill Co., Fairbury, NE
10ft Fairbury #1, 23lbs

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, NE
Spoke Weights

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Various Manufacturers
Govenor & Counter Balance Weights

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, NE
12ft Dempster #9, 29lbs, B 417

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U.S.W.E. & Pump Co., Batavia, IL
12ft US Solid Wheel, 32lbs, E 83

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Challenge Co., Batavia, IL
8ft Dandy Steel, 12lbs, #2265

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U.S.W.E. & Pump Co., Batavia, IL
Halladay & Vaneless Standard, 8lbs, #32

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Unknown Mfg.
Counter Balance Weight, 69lbs

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Flint & Walling Mfg. Co, Kendallville, IN
Regulator Pump, 21lbs

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Various Manufacturers
Spoke, Govenor & Counter Balance Weights

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 Althouse-Wheeler Co., Waupun, WI
10ft Raymond Spoke & Govenor Weights 

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, NE
Dempster #2 Fan Weight, 1lb

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Elgin Mogul, 20lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Elgin Victor, 60lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
10ft Hummer, 34lbs

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Plattner-Yale Co., Lincoln, NE
10ft Vaneless, 22lbs

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S. Freeman & Sons Mfg. Co., Racine, WI
12ft Kenwood Steel Pumping Mill, 17lbs

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F.W. Axtell Mfg. Co., Ft. Worth, TX
Axtell Standard, 37lbs

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Marcy Mfg. Co., Blufton, IN
Red Cross B24 Govenor, 17lbs
& Eureka 14ft DS Govenor

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Elgin 4 Feather, 63lbs

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Fairbury Windmill Co., Fairbury, NE
10ft Fairbury #1, 25lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
Hummer L, 9lbs

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Various Manufacturers
Spoke Weights for Wood & Steel Wheels

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Fairbury Windmill Co., Fairbury, NE
Fairbury #2, 58lbs

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Baker Mfg. Co., Evansville, WI
Monitor M, 60lbs w/ concrete body

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
10ft Elgin #2, 34lbs

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Fairbanks-Morse & Co., Chicago, IL
Eclipse, 26lbs

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Elgin Wind Power & Pump Co., Elgin, IL
12ft Elgin #2, 50lbs

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U.S.W.E. & Pump Co., Batavia, IL
10ft Halladay Standard, 40lbs

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Dempster Mfg. Co., Des Moines, IA
Capitol Vaneless, 32lbs

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Dempster Mfg. Co., Des Moines, IA
10ft/12ft Capitol Vaneless Govenor, 22lbs

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Baker Mfg. Co., Evansville, WI
Original Monitor Vaneless 10ft, 46lbs

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Unknown Mfg.
Unknown Mill, 13lbs

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Flint & Walling Mfg. Co, Kendallville, IN
12ft Star, 31lbs

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co., Beatrice, NE
Dempster Vaneless, 10lbs

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Unknown Mfg.
Unknown Mill, 50lbs

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Fairbanks-Morse & Co., Chicago, IL
Eclipse, 42lbs

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Dempster Mill Mfg. Co, Beatrice, NE
Promotional Item, Never on a Mill

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Dempster Mfg Co., Des Moines, IA
Boss Vaneless, 32lbs

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Dempster Mfg Co., Des Moines, IA
Boss Vaneless Govenor, 17lbs

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Challenge Co., Batavia, IL
Late 10ft Challenge Vaneless, 25lbs

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Baker Mfg. Co., Evansville, WI
Monitor M, 65lbs

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Duplex Mfg. Co., Superior, WI
Duplex Vaneless, 50lbs full

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Elgin Windmill Co., Elgin, IL
A20 Rooster, 70lbs

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Fairbury Windmill Co., Fairbury, NE
10ft Fairbury #4 & #5, 19lbs

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Duplex Mfg. Co., Superior, WI
Superior Govenor Weight

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Fairbanks-Morse & Co., Chicago, IL
Eclipse Spoke Weight

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Althouse-Wheeler Co., Waupun, WI
Raymond Govenor Weights

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Unknown Mfg.
H14 Ball, 17lbs

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Elgin Windmill Co., Elgin, IL
10ft Wonder B, 6lbs

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U.S.W.E. & Pump Co., Batavia, IL
10ft Model E, 21lbs

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Elgin Windmill Co., Elgin, IL
6ft Model R, 6lbs

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Geo Wallenbeck Co., Ithica, NY
10ft Wallenbeck Govenor, 21lbs

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Plattner-Yale Co., Lincoln, NE
10ft Vaneless Govenor, 16lbs

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Sunderland Supply Co., Omaha, NE
10ft  Vaneless, 35lbs

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