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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 08:49 pm
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James Perkins
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I bought a box of antique fan parts for $10.  I figured I could use them for parts if nothing else.  I looked through the box and they appear to be two identical(ish) fans that someone was trying to put together into one good fan.  
They are 12" GE Oscillators in dark green enamel but the only set of blades in the box were steel (painted a brass color) instead of brass or aluminum.  

The tags read: Type AOU, Form AB1, No. C65850 (the 6 looks overstamped), Cat 75424, Spec 272058-2 and Type AOU, Form AB1, No. C82010, Cat 75424, Spec 272058-2 













They appear to have good switches and speed coils.  

I know they are 220V fans and I'm not sure what I will do about that.  

Does anyone know how I would date these?  

Should I try to make a good fan out of these or should I just part them out or turn them into lamps?  




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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 09:19 pm
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Yes, they are 220 volt 60 cycle fans.   From a 1924 catalog:The Cat. No. did not change over the years for basically the same fan.  Dating is done by the "Form Number or Form Letter".
Form AB is 1922  The blade should be brass and highly polished after 1919.


Below is a very original 1922 Form AB.  The medium green color photographs differently depending on the light.
These are some of the very best GE fans I think, are all cast iron motors and bases, and pretty easy to work on.   I can't give you any help on making your 220 volt fan easily usable on 110 volts other then using a step down transformer.




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 Posted: Sun Oct 25th, 2020 09:51 pm
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James Perkins
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Did they do any brass plated steel blades during the war? These blades look exactly like yours but a magnet sticks to them and the edges are worn and slightly rusted.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 12:41 am
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James Perkins wrote: Did they do any brass plated steel blades during the war? These blades look exactly like yours but a magnet sticks to them and the edges are worn and slightly rusted.I know they used a lot of steel blades, probably 1917-18, maybe a bit more.   I 've heard that some were painted gold and some brass plated but never found out the exact details.   1920-30 were all polished brass blades.

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 Posted: Mon Oct 26th, 2020 12:44 am
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I think these may be destined for the edison bulb lamp pile. The 220V and lack of brass blades make them good for repurposing and I might even be able to help someone else by providing parts.

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I am in the process of tearing these down to repaint.  I removed the oscillator gears.  Is there a trick to getting the large brass knob off the bottom of the oscillator housing?  Does it unscrew from the shaft ?

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I believe that brass knob is pressed on. I would not take it off.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 5th, 2020 10:26 pm
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Fans should never be made into lamps. :up:

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