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 Posted: Mon Sep 13th, 2021 01:24 am
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Michael Turner
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Looking for some info from the Pros on here. I recently acquired a couple of fans I’m trying to get some information on. I will post them in separate posts so as to minimize confusion when discussing two separate fans.
For this fan, it is a Western Electric ceiling fan with a C17 on the tag.
Information requested:
1. Is it possible to tell what year this is?

2. What controls are used with this fan? I see in the nose under the fan where there is numerous wires where I’m assuming a control switch must have been at one time. Pics would be of great use if anyone has this.
   
3. Any particulars to be aware of while doing a restoration of this particular fan?
    









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 Posted: Mon Sep 13th, 2021 02:29 am
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Russ Huber
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Very common well made GE CF made by the bucket loads marketed through Western Electric.

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You have a rebadged Hunter fan with non original GE irons and I can't tell what the wooden blades are.

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Actually its a C17 Hunter which someone has put GE blade brackets on. The wooden blades are 80's replacement blades.

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Stan Adams wrote: Actually its a C17 Hunter which someone has put GE blade brackets on. The wooden blades are 80's replacement blades.
It is even more a hodgepodge than that.  The nose is even earlier and Emerson.

Try to put desk fans together like this ...









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Russ Huber wrote: Very common well made GE CF made by the bucket loads marketed through Western Electric.
My bad, In saw the blade brackets and started typing.  :D  I actually found a nice C17 and passed it on in distant past.

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I would like to thank all who so far have provided information concerning this fan. One burning question I still have is, what kind of switch would be correct for this particular fan? I've seen pics showing all kinds of switches both modern and old. I've seen both rotary and pull chain types but nothing stating what would be period correct. Perhaps there's nothing really "correct", I don't know.

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Michael Turner wrote: I would like to thank all who so far have provided information concerning this fan. One burning question I still have is, what kind of switch would be correct for this particular fan? I've seen pics showing all kinds of switches both modern and old. I've seen both rotary and pull chain types but nothing stating what would be period correct. Perhaps there's nothing really "correct", I don't know.
A snap switch is what it would have had.


They are not cheap even if you could find one.

I do see a speed coil in your fan.  I don't remember off the top of my head if these are 2 or 3 speed.


You can always wire it on high and use a fan rated wall control until you find a snap switch.







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