|Steven P Dempsey wrote:
This old gal needs all new wiring, perhaps a motor re-wind, can the antique speed coil be replaced with some new solid state gadget?
There are not very many ways to control the speed of an induction motor. As far as a "new solid state gadget," it would have to be an inverter, and it would need to be fitted to the switch in such a way that the original lever, sans wooden knob, would control it. I don't immediately see that as a viable option.
The old "tried and true" rewinding of the speed coil (and motor, if needed) is the best way out, the way I see it. Are you looking to have the fan reworked?