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 Posted: Tue May 27th, 2014 05:54 am
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Steve Stephens

Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: San Anselmo, California USA
GE catalogs-

1899-  "Polished brass fan, Polished brass guard and trimmings."

1901- ditto

1904- ditto

1907- "guard finished in dipped brass, blades lacquered brass"

1908- "guard and blade finished in dipped and lacquered brass"

Jan. 1909.  "guard, blades and trimmings finished in dipped and lacquered brass".

1911- ditto

Jan 1913- ditto

1924- blades polished brass

I can't tell what the original finish was on earlier pancakes but my 1905 is a very nice original with areas of the blades and cage that sure look to have that gilt like finish which I think is an acid dipped and lacquered brass.  You can see the same dipped and lacquered finish on most any BMY or other GE up until they changed to the wartime steel blades.  Upon returning to brass blades the blades were highly polished through 1929 then painted aluminum from 1930 onwards.