1937 General Electric 16" aluminum blade, steel cage fan with solid brass accents. The rivets that hold the blades to the shaft were originally painted green but in this case they have been polished and coated with a clear enamel.
Has been painted 'Hunter Green' and is a close approximation to the original color which was a little darker and perhaps had a more olive tone to it. The cage was originally painted green, but in this case it has been sanded, polished and coated with a specialized clear lacquer.
The finish has 2 coats of clear enamel which has been polished down to 1 coat. Also, there is a coat of acrylic wax along with a coat of carnuba wax. The finish is shiny, but not too glossy since it is a depressionary piece which would not be as lavish as one from the 1920's.
The fan tilts forwards and backwards and locks into place with a thumb screw. Also, the fan can be rotated and locked with the other thumb screw. One of the nice features with this fan is it has a carry handle. It is heavy.
Front view without cage or blade.
The struts that hold the cage may look wrongly bent, but this is not the case.
All of the brass accents seen are solid and not brass plated. Each has been polished and clear coated with a specialized lacquer.
The loop that holds the motor housing looks rough, but was actually cast this way at the factory.
Another view of the rear with the camera flash turned up. This makes the finish look brighter than it actually is.
Another view of the rear of the fan. The cord is a few inches shy of 8 feet.
The holes in the base were meant by design as mounting holes to hang the fan from a wall. Quite common during a time period before air conditioning.
The oil cups hold the original wicks and springs which deliver oil to the rotor. They hold a fair amount of oil, but should be checked every year. Non-detergent oil is always recommended so that it will not gum up the inner works.
Turn the knob counter-clockwise as far as it will go to stop the fan from oscillating.
Some of the brass screws have metal washers and others have green nylon washers.
The oil cups have been highlighted with a small amount of black paint on the cross-hatch marks.
At some point during its life someone attempted to remove the big brass oscillator screw without success.
Notice the new oil wick surrounding the rotor. The motor vents reveal a newly insulated stator.
Original eBay purchase condition. Very rusty and quite ugly.
The images are very low resolution, but show the poor condition.
The switch label needed to have missing paint carefully applied before being polished and clear coated. Notice the nylon washers are not the same color as the paint job. This is not really noticeable under normal viewing conditions.
The switch lever has several coats of acrylic wax applied after the unit was assembled since it is bound to get scraped during the process. Often old fans start on high speed in order to get the motor running without strain.
The set screw for the blade has also been painted. Notice the back of the 'GE' badge has also been painted.
The felt is quite difficult to replace.
The coil has been reinsulated and all other metal pieces have been polished. The cardboard padding underneath is original to the fan and has been clear coated to protect it from decay. The interior of the base has also been painted. The photograph shows some dust that has accumulated for the past several years.
The stator has been reinsulated and the new headwires attached nicely without issue. The stator interior has been sanded and polished.
The rotor shows little wear and has been polished a little. Too much polish and it will not hold lubrication as well as it should.
Believe the holes are for air flow to cool the motor during operation.
Originally it was very dirty, but now it is polished and has stayed that way for several years.
Rayon covered 18 gauge twisted pair copper cord. Used to simulate silk electrical cord used on more expensive appliances from the early 20th century.
The plug is antique and period correct. Has a strong formaldehyde aroma when rubbed with metal polish and is most certainly made of Bakelite. The cardboard insert is original to the plug.
General Electric 16" Aluminum Blade, Model V72322, Cat. 75425, Spec. 273620-1, Form AS1, Circa 1937
A collection of images from a finished restoration of a very fine antique electric fan. This unit was painted "Hunter Green" and the finish is quite smooth. A three speed oscillator that runs well on all three speeds. Relatively quiet and a pleasure to watch. Finished in the year 2009 it has held up very well and has been gently used at least twice a year for a few weeks at a time running 8-10 hours a day.
The camera flash and magnification makes the fan look more glossy, dirty or rough 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 $275 - $375.