A stationary 16" blade 3 speed high powered fan manufactured around 1917. Tilts in several positions. The blades are well balanced and is the most quiet and smoothest running fan I've ever seen.
Restored front view under different lighting conditions. All bare metal hardware has been polished and finished with a specialized clear lacquer.
Possesses a wire wound steel cage which is more desirable than a welded one.
Original eBay purchase front view. The blade was originally brass plated, but after nearly 80 years the plating was too far gone to salvage. The cage was brass color painted which was not original to the fan.
Front badge is solid brass and filled with green ink and clear lacquer. The cage shows some corrosion, but it has also been clear coated with a specialized lacquer and looks much nicer than if it was painted green. The blade rivets are a high copper content brass and have a clear enamel finish.
Original eBay purchase front badge closeup view. Fake brass paint on the badge.
Restored right side view.
Restored right side angled view.
The oil cups have been polished and clear coated with a specialized lacquer. The wicks were soaked in paint thinner to dissolve all of the congealed oil (which looked like grease). Took several days to clean out completely. Afterwards the cups were filled with non-detergent oil and will last a least a couple of years before needing to be refilled (assuming regular use).
Restored top angled view.
Restored label had to be filled in with diluted black enamel for several coats before looking completely opaque. The brass was polished and finished with a clear coat. Some of the cage arms were as corroded as the cage and show a little roughness around the edges only.
Another picture of the restored label. There are 2 cracks in the label; however, this can be fixed with a little effort.
Original eBay purchase label view. The label and rivets are solid brass.
Not a very good picture, but the paint job is very smooth and took quite a while to polish out considering how badly rusted most of the parts were.
Original eBay purchase back of motor housing view.
Any part that looks brass is solid brass and has been clear coated with a specialized lacquer.
Original eBay purchase back view.
The original bell and motor housing shows a fair amount of rust.
Original motor housing view. The stator was very difficult to remove from the housing. During restoration it was sanded and polished enough so that it would slide into the motor housing easily.
The original condition stator was in fair condition. During restoration the windings were reinsulated. The new head wires were soldered and also insulated very nicely. The inside of the stator was polished along with the rotor.
Original rotor shaft washers were unusable and have been carefully replaced in such a way that the rotor has only about 1/16" play.
Original disassembly. Notice the steel motor housing mount and tilt notches show little wear. All the parts look original.
The blades are very smooth and only show a little scuffing under camera flash and magnification.
Restored angled backside blade. Misplaced the set screw for holding the blade onto the motor shaft, but...
Eventually found the original set screw for attaching blade to motor. The set screw sets down more flush when the blade is in the right position. Odd that the blades were originally brass plated and attached to solid brass.
Restored cage closeup.
The cord was replaced with 18 gauge rayon covered twisted pair copper wire. Rayon simulates silk wrapped wire from that time period used primarily on more expensive appliances. The rayon covering is nicer than the cotton covered version since it doesn't attract dust nearly as much and a breeze to clean up.
The period correct plug is made from bakelite and has a cardboard insulator. The prongs were polished.
Restored switch closeup. The switch lever is probably bakelite. The label has been nicely restored. Most fans without capacitors start on high speed to get the motor going which is why the first speed is the highest.
Restored base stem closeup.
Restored bell housing is very clean and is smooth as the outside.
Only parts that do not conduct electricity have been clear coated. The coil base is made from a material that feels like a rock.
Original protective fiber board has been clear coated to protect it from decay.
Restored housing, coil and bottom insulator. The coil has been tested and reinsulated.
Original condition coil and housing. What an ugly mess! This is why restored fans cost so much when they are complete. It takes along time to bring a fan like this one back to life.
Restored bottom insulator needed to be glued and sanded in order to keep some of the holes from getting bigger.
Restored coil and switch bottom. Took quite a while to get it back to this condition.
Original coil closeup.
Restored coil and switch top. All the wires coming off the coil have been reinsulated and reinforced so that they don't break off. All electrical contacts have been polished.
Original coil closeup.
Original coil closeup again.
General Electric 16" Steel Blade Electric Fan, Type AV, Catalog #34021, Form S1, Serial #1302760, Circa 1917
A collection of images from a finished restoration of a very fine antique electric fan (100 years old as of 2017). A three speed stationary fan that is very heavy and runs super quiet. Pushes a lot of air even on the lowest speed. This unit was originally a very rusty "Hunter Green" type color, and as such, was stripped down to bare metal. It was primered and painted with a "Hunter Green" enamel and finally coated with clear enamel. Lastly, it has been polished and waxed. Modern "Hunter Green" is a little lighter in shade than the original paint.
The flash from the camera makes the unit look less smooth and polished than it really is. Some of the photographs are grainy, but show a fair amount of detail. There are before and after pictures. You can zoom in on the images if you mouse over them. During autoplay zoom is disabled. Shrinking the browser window will shrink its contents possibly making it easier to view the gallery.
Valued in the range of $350 - $425.