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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 12:02 pm
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David Kilnapp
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My wife picked up this fan for short money (less than $50) at a flea market. It was pretty rusty and the wiring was in need of replacing. It cleaned up nicely and runs well. I followed someone's advice on this forum for cleaning and polishing the aluminum blades (used Mother's Mag Wheel polish and a lot of elbow grease) - very helpful advice. I wonder if someone can tell me what year this was made. 
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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 12:36 pm
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Tom Zapf
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i want to say late 30s? lets see what the experts say! 

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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 01:28 pm
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Alec Burns
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It turned out very nice. I believe it is a quiet blade GE from the mid-late 30s, but I'll let someone tell you the exact year.

Quick tip I learned for polishing blades in case you don't have a buffing wheel...

Home Depot sells these drill-attachable buffing wheel that surprisingly does a great job on brass. I'd use a very soft buffing wheel and White Rouge compound to bring those aluminum blades to a gloss finish!

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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 02:38 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thanks. I saw the attachment at Home Depot. I've heard about white rouge. I'll pick some of that up. 
I'm going to try the naval jelly on these blades tonight and maybe some magic wadding that I read about on this forum.

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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 03:43 pm
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I just sold my set of three 12" GE quiet blade fans and the dates made are in the following info.   Yours is the second of three variations made 1936-37.
http://earlyfans.blogspot.com/2017/08/antique-fans-for-sale.html

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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 05:33 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thanks Steve. May I inquire as to the value of a restored fan of this type? I figure maybe $200 to $300?

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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 05:43 pm
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David Kilnapp wrote: Thanks Steve. May I inquire as to the value of a restored fan of this type? I figure maybe $200 to $300?That would seem to be close but restored value depends much on how well restored, the small details, etc.  I don't much follow restored fans or those that are not the old cast iron models.  You are George's brother, yes?   He has bought a few fans from me.

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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 10:49 pm
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I am indeed George's brother! The picture above of the 1924 GE is a fan that he purchased from you!! Small world! I just got off the phone with him. He speaks very highly of you. Oops check that. The fan above I bought at Brimfield last week. George bought a large 18 inch GE from you and another smaller fan (a Westinghouse I think). The stator in the large GE was burnt out so I shipped it off to Sidney Lamb who has kindly agreed to rewire the stator for me. The restoration is done except for the stator which I am anxiously awaiting. Sidney is such a gentleman. A real pleasure to talk to.

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