|George Durbin wrote:
I just know that people back in the day cleaned the lacquer right off those fan blades and many had no maintenance... 100 yr. Old fans can have many owners...I'm not sure how you know that people removed the lacquer on the old fans. Some may have but for what reason? Some may have polished the brass for obvious reasons. I have a large number if not a majority of my fans with original finish or lacquer on the blades and brass. It's not hard to tell if the lacquer remains; lightly polish a tiny spot and see if the rag gets black.