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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 01:15 am
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David Hoatson
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Or copper oxide. Paint is so boring!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 02:21 am
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Many of these old babies that had lights below the fan had that off-center light pipe. What I always do is grease the stew out of the inside of the shaft hole and light pipe. Yes, this part does NOT rotate.Evan, I will look for anything that might help with then shape of the switch/light ball, though nothingh comes to mind at this time.On the brackets, the 1893 Lundell "Ceiling Fan Motor Outfit" I bought years ago from Kurt House had the small spear brackets, similar to what Diehl used on some of the early fans.Here is an image of that fan that shows the irons. I have no idea if these were original to the fan.Blessings!Chuck

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 02:25 am
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Here is a cut from "Electrical World" on the Lundell.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 02:26 am
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Here is an 1897 Lundell ad that shows a bracket much like the Crescent.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 02:47 am
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Evan, I also found an 1899 ad for the Lundell "Senior" CF that shows that same Crescent-like bracket. The "Senior" is a plain Sprague type ball-motor CF, and like the 1903 ad posted earlier for the Colonial, has oilers at each bearing.I have to open the image in my computer with Windows Picture Viewer, and cannot get the Forum to accept it as formatted. Tried to copy and paste it to a "Word" doc, but failed at that, too!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 03:14 am
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The catalog lists the colonial as having a gilt finish

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 04:15 pm
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions.  I'll decide as I get this thing apart.  To re-plate in brass, I'd likely have to pop the rivets out on the tag and re-rivet.  Not sure I'm wild about that idea but could easily be done.  Most of the other stuff wouldn't be a problem.

The switch ball and blade irons are where I will probably spend the most time.  I may try my hand at carving an appropriately-designed ball out of some material like wood or something from which I could make a mould.  Then, the mould could be used to cast a ball, and then I'd need to machine it inside and out to accept a switch.  The ball would then be screwed onto the pipe at the end of the turret and the switch would be mounted to the inside of the ball.  I guess if I was going to go to that trouble, I might machine such a ball to accept lights.

Good times.  I will be sure to post about it when I start!

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 07:31 pm
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You may be able to leave the badge in place. I'll ask the plater I use. On ceiling fans with a press in steel axle, he masks them before plating. 

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 08:13 pm
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Thanks to Stephen for generously furnishing me images of the 1902 Sprague catalog which states for this fan:  
"exterior of the motor is fluted with gilt stripes which gives it a very neat and ornamental appearance"

I take that to possibly mean each vertical fluting on the casing was outlined by gold pinstriping.  I may have to re-think my brass plating plans.  High-gloss Japan black with gold pinstriping outlining the fluting all over the motor would be killer too.

Even mentions an "ornamental shell which can be furnished at an additional price if desired".  Wow!  Can't believe it gets better.

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 Posted: Fri Jun 19th, 2015 10:27 pm
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You can get interesting effects with copper oxide.  Note the motor case striping and the lamp rope piping. 

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 Posted: Sat Jun 20th, 2015 04:05 am
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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2015 02:02 pm
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David Hoatson wrote: You may be able to leave the badge in place. I'll ask the plater I use. On ceiling fans with a press in steel axle, he masks them before plating. 
The plater that I use said that you can plate the body brass or copper without removing the riveted on tag. He said he can mask it. 

I sent him this picture so he would understand:

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2015 06:54 pm
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Thanks David.  Good to know!  Going to start a new blog posting about the fan here in just a bit.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 22nd, 2015 08:04 pm
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I've tried that, but the solution continues to "bleed from under the tag and the result is not pretty. I recommend drilling off the rivets and treating the tag separately. You can re-rivet later.Great idea for the blog! Good luck, Evan!Chuck

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 Posted: Mon Jun 29th, 2015 02:54 pm
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Any update? Did you take apart the cannon ball yet?

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 06:53 am
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Started a new blog post with a link to a YouTube video I just created.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2015 08:12 pm
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Wow.  Truly nothing new under the sun!  Quorum's "Alumina" fan.



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