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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2018 09:01 pm
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Rich Marini
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i am looking to see if anyone can help me with determining a value of what i believe to be a General Electric 12" desktop fan.  all parts are original and the fan is still in working condition. here is a description of the fan from some research i did.  this quote is from the description on website:
"1908 General Electric Company, U.S.A., 12" Antique Desk Fan
General Electric's early 1908 model desk fan would be the end of the line for a model that could trace its lineage to 1894. The early 1908 model is believed to have only been manufactured for a few months when a new twin bearing design was introduced to replace it. The early 1908 model featured " modern" for the era styling that had eliminated the earlier fluted and half fluted base in favor of a smoother design.
This particular 1908 G.E. desk fan includes all original parts including the often missing 5 speed rotary General Electric switch. This fan runs on all 5 speeds in its present condition. Available from AS/IS Unrestored to our Premium Full Restoration. A restored example of this model is located in our Gallery.
 
Some of the features of the 1908 General Electric Antique Desk Fan include:
  • Dimensions- 12" Blade Diameter
  • Cast Iron Frame and Motor Housing
  • Spring Tension Oil Wick System that Continuously Circulates Oil to the Motor Shaft.
  • Solid Brass Blade, Brass Guard, and Brass Trim
  • 5 speed
  • Yoke Allows Motor to Tilt"
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any help that anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated



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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2018 09:14 pm
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Kim Frank
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The 1908 GE Pancake ran concurrently with the 1908 BMY. The serial number span for 1908 Pancakes run from 314501-325389. The serial numbers begin at 330,000 for 1908 BMY's. Depending on your fans serial number, I would put a retail value of $750-850 for that fan. While a restoration would make it pretty, I don't think that it adds any value, and may actually devalue it IMO.I have bought them for less and I have paid more for that year's fan.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2018 09:25 pm
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Kim Frank wrote: The 1908 GE Pancake ran concurrently with the 1908 BMY. The serial number span for 1908 Pancakes run from 314501-325389. The serial numbers begin at 330,000 for 1908 BMY's. Depending on your fans serial number, I would put a retail value of $750-850 for that fan. While a restoration would make it pretty, I don't think that it adds any value, and may actually devalue it IMO.I have bought them for less and I have paid more for that year's fan.  The Sn on mine is 292465.  Is it possible that it is earlier than 1908 as I anticipated? 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2018 09:26 pm
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Also have this picture if it is if any help 


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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2018 09:36 pm
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It's probably a 1907 model.  I think the struts look like what were used in 1907.  Not much if any different from the 1908 year and I think the 08s were a carryover of the 07s.

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Steve is correct. It is a 1907. The smooth motor was introduced in mid 1906 and continued until end of production in 1908. The only change would be the struts went from the earlier style clamp to the struts that are on your fan, with the cage held on by a beveled screw early and a larger headed screw very late. The serial number is really the only way to differentiate between the years. IMO, the '06-'08 solid frame models are a bit more unusual than their swivel trunnion counterpart and seem to be harder to find.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 03:01 pm
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Those are called the big ugly... Although I dont have an opinion, they are just ugly... Now if it was an Emerson, you would have have something there!  Just Sayin!😁😂🤣

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George Durbin wrote: Those are called the big ugly... Although I dont have an opinion, they are just ugly... Now if it was an Emerson, you would have have something there!  Just Sayin!😁😂🤣


George is right



"Emerson Rules, GE Drools!"

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 09:20 pm
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I'll just leave the here.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2018 09:21 pm
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Heheh!
Geo...

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