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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 05:53 pm
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Adrian Doyle
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So I ran into -literally this old GE fan at a garage sale.  Thought it was kinda interesting (this is my first old fan).... Anyway I was wondering if anyone could provide me with some history of this particular fan.  It looks like it has 3 speeds and may oscillate.  Thanks!

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Pat No. 1038935     Cat 7-8777      Type A0
Form R9     Volts 110        Cycles 60
General Electric Co., USA


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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 06:00 pm
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Nicholas Denney
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Being a garage sale, I can bet it wasn't over $25.

VERY GOOD find. :up:

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 06:33 pm
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What's the back look like? The knob that is on top of the gear box should look like a star. There should be another star on the oscillator wheel and then possibly one down on the neck.

It will either be a two or three start fan from between '15 & '19

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 06:34 pm
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the struts dont fit the cage.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 06:38 pm
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Based on your serial number your fan is a 3 star from 1915.

As Ralph stated the struts are not original. You should have brass struts.

Here is my R9 AO 3 star. You can see the strut difference.

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My fan # is 1038784, only 151 apart from yours Adrian...considering these were manufactured 96 years ago that is pretty darn close.

Anyone have any idea how many were being produced a day?

Are these two fans same month, week or even day?

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 06:55 pm
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I actually got is for free.  I offered them $5.00 but they were just happy to be rid of it -it is quite heavy!

Here is a picture of the back.

Thanks BTW for the other picture.  I would like to restore it properly!

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 06:57 pm
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I can't tell for sure, is there a 3rd star on the neck of the fan?

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 07:16 pm
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Yes there is. I count 3 stars. So is this worth restoring or should I sell it at MY next garage sale! :D

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 07:17 pm
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...I never even knew fans had struts! Thanks for the catch. I probably could have stared at this all day and not have noticed!

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 07:39 pm
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Adrian Doyle wrote: Yes there is. I count 3 stars. So is this worth restoring or should I sell it at MY next garage sale! :DYes, It is worth restoring. I believe Ron bought his for $399.

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Yep, I paid $399 for mine in hopes it was a nice original example, it is. I probably paid a slight premium but it was well worth it to me.

If you have the fan restored you would have more in it than you could sell it for. Not a big deal if you plan on keeping it but if your trying to turn a profit, that will be tough to do.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 24th, 2011 09:42 pm
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THAT didn't take long.....

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No. No it didn't. Lol.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1915-General-Electric-3-speed-Oscillating-Fan-/220818894371?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3369d4ee23

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ha!

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that didnt take long at all really it dident!!

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Adrian Doyle wrote:  I would like to restore it properly!
That idea went out the window in a hurry.

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The struts are correct in steel for later 3 star fans and I bet the cage is correct also but mounted in the strut clips incorrectly. The difference in this fan from Ron's is that it is later, has steel struts, has cast iron oscillator wheel in place of the early pot metal wheel. And it's a good 6 wing with lots of 7s in the Cat. No. 1915 is the year. 2-stars are 1916 and are, otherwise, the same as the later 3-stars.

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René Rondeau wrote: Adrian Doyle wrote:  I would like to restore it properly!
That idea went out the window in a hurry.


i can understand.

if i ran into a cake, there would be a 50/50 chance i would sell it or keep it. if i sold it 1/2 would go back into the hobby of collecting.

if i got it for free, i would go back to the person and give them a cut.

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Tom Zussman wrote:if i got it for free, i would go back to the person and give them a cut.
I wouldn't. It's their fault for not knowing what they had.

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My 78777 serial number is 1039160. Mine looks to have steel struts. These are nice little fans!

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Is yours an R9 as well Fred?

What's with the loop being bowed in, is it broken?

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Fred, was that fan with the dented loop on ebay last week? If not there was another AOU with a dented loop handle.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 25th, 2011 04:45 pm
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Steve Stephens wrote: Fred, was that fan with the dented loop on ebay last week? If not there was another AOU with a dented loop handle.
I saw that e-bay fan and assumed it was a broken handle....

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Ron Gibson wrote: Steve Stephens wrote: Fred, was that fan with the dented loop on ebay last week? If not there was another AOU with a dented loop handle.
I saw that e-bay fan and assumed it was a broken handle....


I saw that too and wondered the same thing. If it was struck there, wouldn't it have cracked and broken being that it's cast iron?

Here's the auction in question:

http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-GE-OSCILLATING-FAN-RESTORATION-1915-/200632787574?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb6a56276

 

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Joshua Morris wrote:
If it was bent it, wouldn't it have cracked and broken being that it's cast iron?
I don't know if GE cast the loop handle in malleable iron but that would probably stand some bending before breaking. Certainly a possibility.

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I have had mine for several years, mine is a 78777 while the one on fleaBay is a four-winger.
Yes the handle is dented slightly, but not broken. The fan oscillates fine however and the motor turns freely in its yoke. I still have yet to restore this fan, but will get around to it someday.

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I've bent several of those back successfully.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 31st, 2011 07:49 pm
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WOW!!! $385 + $40 shipping

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Ron Gibson wrote:
WOW!!! $385 + $40 shipping
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220818894371#ht_706wt_1398


That makes your buy it now 6 wing look like a great deal Ron.

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Steve Stephens wrote: Ron Gibson wrote:
WOW!!! $385 + $40 shipping
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220818894371#ht_706wt_1398


That makes your buy it now 6 wing look like a great deal Ron.

My thoughts exactly.....

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