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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:30 am
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David Kilnapp
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My wife was snooping around the local second hand shops and saw this for $20. The tag said that it wasn't working so she bought it for me. I would guess it to be from the 1910 to 1916 era (Steve Stephens please chime in and straighten me out on the dates please).





One of the brush caps was missing as was one of the brushes. It was also missing a strut. I was fortunate enough to find those parts from Chad Baker's Antique fan parts and Dennis LeBow provided the replacement for a broken oiler (bless his heart).

I started to clean it up and discovered that it was solid brass underneath that paint so I asked my wife if she wanted me to clean up the black paint or strip it to reveal the beautiful brass. She wanted the latter (since she was the one who found it).

Here is the result. It runs perfectly on two speeds.










Happy wife, happy life. I stripped the paint, painted the motor tag and badge, but I left the polishing to my friend Ron Bethoney of New England Brass Refinishing. His work is fabulous. What do you think?

Last edited on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:33 am by David Kilnapp

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:39 am
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Tristan Crider
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That's is a beautiful fan!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:40 am
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I'm speechless beyond ... Wow!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:43 am
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Alex Rushing
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That is the way I would want an all brass to look! Gorgeous fan! Nice work on the wife's fan!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:48 am
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Great find, and a beautiful fan.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 03:56 am
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Patrick Ray
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Beautiful fan!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 10:59 am
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That sure is nice Dave!!!  It would look great sitting on my shelf with my other 8” fans! 

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 11:56 am
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I keep a magnet in my pocket when I am out!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 12:07 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Here’s the funny thing. Up till now, my wife didn’t really understand this “hobby” and the attraction of the chase. Now she is psyched to find another fan! OH NO! Two crazies in one house! The front bearing floats and it bounces around some when it runs. I’m thinking that I can mitigate that by putting some felt on the inside bracket that holds the bearing in place to reduce the noise. I will try that tonight and take pictures of the “fix”.

Last edited on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 01:33 pm by David Kilnapp

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 05:16 pm
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Joel Schmid
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That is GORGEOUS David !

Please have your wife find one for me !
I will pay her at least $21.00 plus shipping if she does !

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Dennis Lebow
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Great looking Fan thanks for sharing ....




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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 12:39 am
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David Kilnapp
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The felt that I installed on the inside of the bracket piece that holds the front bearing in place cut the noise down by half. I'm thinking that if I could find a way to keep the bearing from moving (maybe a set screw) then I could reduce the noise even more but I hesitate to drill holes in this beauty (in fact I refuse). I would welcome any ideas or suggestions.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 01:12 am
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David Kilnapp wrote: Steve Stephens please chime in and straighten me out on the dates please).
David, what a great deal on that Westy.   Many of the 8" Westy fans had a gun metal finish but they also came in polished and dull brass and a few other finishes.  I have two that are painted black which I had not seen until I got the two fans from a friend.  If you can read the "micro date" on the motor tag that should give you a close idea of when it was made (within a year or so of the micro date).The cage S-wires look to me to be the thicker ones and not the "pin wires" used on the early examples.  The cut through cage badge had the pin wires but, also, some with the solid badge had the pin wires.   The heavy 
S-wires all had the solid badge I think.   I don't know the dates made; Russ is the expert there.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 01:25 am
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Very nice David! Makes me want to work on mine!

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 12:20 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thanks Steve. Yes Dennis LeBow asked what the micro dates were too. I’m going to have to hunt up a big magnifying glass to read those dates!! I enjoyed working on this fan so now I want another one!

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 Posted: Thu Feb 13th, 2020 01:08 am
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What a beauty David! That's a Cinderella story come to life.

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