Painted in black lacquer with a clear coat. Has red felt botton and red nylon washers as accents for the screws that hold on the cage.
The various screws that aren't brass have been polished and coated with a specialized clear lacquer.
It is odd that the head wire faces the front of the fan. Quite sure this is how it was originally manufactured.
The blade has no bends or chips or other defects. It has been polished and clear coated with a specialized lacquer. Although they were lacquered at the factory, the blades were never so shiny from the manufacturer.
The blade has a lot of shine and reflection, but the camera flash shows scuffs that are hard to see under normal lighting conditions.
This is the original fan as purchased. Doesn't look too bad, but is an electrical hazard in this condition.
Side view from original purchase. Notice how the switch selector numbers are curved upwards. Never figured out why this is the case, but every fan from this company looks this way. Believe they were hand painted.
The head wire braiding is more flexible than the typical twisted 3 wire combination. The headwire was difficult to attach since the original wires basically turned to dust on contact. Had to dig through the windings in order to solder new wires. Covered that area of the stator with epoxy to ensure replacement of the headwires would never be a problem again. As a result, it was a very tight fit inside the motor housing; and in conclusion, the leads coming off the stator come out of the motor housing. This is why it looks the way it does.
Nearly finished restoration without cage and blade. The front oil cup is brass and has black paint in the grooves and clear coated with lacquer. The final polish has not been completed. The switch numbers are missing, but will be complete at some later date.
A lot of corrosion is underneath the original paint.
The screws on the oscillator have been polished and clear coated.
The pieces that look like copper are actually copper plated with a lacquer clear coat.
There is a black knob that acts as an adjustment for the oscillator. This allows the fan to oscillate anywhere between a wide angle or none at all.
Original purchase oscillator view.
Original purchase back side view.
Inside of the base.
Cleaned up and painted motor housing interior.
Bottom base and switch/coil assembly. The coil has been reinsulated and tests well.
Bottom of porcelain switch/coil base which shows epoxy repairs.
Complete restored switch/coil assembly. Shrink wrap on the coil leads also have labels to identify which wire is which.
This is what the internals looked like originally. What a mess!
Restored wiring diagram for the fan which is placed near the switch/coil assembly.
This is the original wiring diagram for the fan. The paper is so weak it would crumble in your hand. Most of the time they are missing.
Another view of the broken switch/coil assembly.
Another original photograph of the disassembly.
More broken pieces. Have to assume someone dropped this on the ground at some point in its life.
This photograph indicates that the original bottom felt was probably green. It is possible that is was replaced at some point during its life.
The bottom base was quite corroded and indicates that the fan probably sat in a damp basement for long periods of time.
The rotor has been cleaned and polished and looks great. It hasn't looked this good for at least 70 years.
The windings have been reinsulated and the stator has been cleaned and polished.
The sides of the stator required a little sanding and polishing in order for it to fit inside the motor housing more easily.
Robbins & Myers 12" Brass Blade, Model 4504, Circa 1924
A collection of images from a restored Art Deco period electric fan which was made around 1924. A three speed adjustable oscillator fan that is heavy for its size and runs quiet. Pushes a lot of air even on the lowest speed.
The flash from the camera makes the unit look less smooth and polished than it really is. 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 $325 - $425.