ANTIQUE GENERAL ELECTRIC 1930 – 3 SPEED 12 OSCILLATING DESK FAN – TYPE. AK-1 – (MANUFACTURED FOR THE’30-’31 SEASON ONLY). As we know, general electric’s first electric fan was thomas edisons first direct current electric fan. So, the 30’s & 40’s were the “golden age” of ge fans & the pinnacle of thousands of hours of electric fan research & development. They took everything that they had learned since the late 1800’s & perfected the heaviest & longest lasting fans they ever built but, it didn’t last long. In the 50’s ge became the first major company to introduce plastic into electric fan production & we all know the rest of that story. This was the “cadillac fleetwood” of fans & was among the most expensive, quality built fans of the time costing much more than a window air conditioner would now. Super high quality american engineering & manufacturing at its best. Heavy cast american made steel was the primary material used along with some brass, bronze, etc. & you can definitely tell when you feel the heft of this fan (i think it weighs one metric ton). I have restored MANY fans & this is one of the best built ever made, hands down. Talk about overbuilt, this fan was built to last 3 lifetimes. I recently watched MUCH less a fan than this a 9 single speed g. This fan has been completely disassembled. The bottom cover plate, blade guard, stand, front motor & bearing cover, oscillating ring, struts, & blades have all been blasted & POWDER COATED (a process baked on at 500 degrees that is 10 times harder & more durable than paint) in gloss black. The motor was disassembled, cleaned, & polished. Every effort has been made to bring this fan to current UL standards. The switch & speed coil assembly were painstakingly disassembled, cleaned, & contacts polished, then reassembled with new thermo insulated lead wires & connectors. For safest everyday use, the original two strand lamp style cord was replaced with a new one gauge heavier thermo insulated round UL listed cord fitted with a new “retro” style UL listed plug. All electrical components were tested with an ohms meter & inspected to assure safety & proper operation. The orginal cloth wrapped two strand head wires were replaced with new ones with thermo insulation UNDER the cloth. The oscillating gear box was removed, opened, thoroughly cleaned of old grease & gunk, then the gears were inspected for any sign of wear & packed in new, fresh, high performance grease for another 85 plus years of use. The oil cartridges were removed, polished inside & out, then the wool oil wicks were replaced with new ones, the spring tension was adjusted, they were refilled with sewing machine oil & re-attached. All rubber grommets were replaced & heavy duty rubber pads were added to the bottom. The emblem was hand restored & double clear coated for preservation. All remaining components were thoroughly cleaned, polished, & clear coated as necessary (every single original screw, set screw, trundle screw, washer & nut gets polished & the threads cleaned). The fan was then reassembled, properly lubricated & test run & oscillated on different speeds for a minimum of two hours to check for perfect operation. This fan is a preserved piece of machine age american history that will most likely outlive the user. Because i just don’t understand the point. Do they get asked to leave stores because they have been standing there staring at an item for days? IF YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO LOOK AT IT PLEASE, PRINT OUT A COPY OF THE PICTURE, HANG IT ON YOUR WALL, & THEN MOVE ON BECAUSE THIS PRICE IS A BARGAIN FOR A PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED ANTIQUE FAN & THE POST OFFICE WON’T HAVE A RATE DECREASE. 2017 & ANOTHER INCREASE EFFECTIVE JAN. The item “ANTIQUE/VINTAGE/DECO 1930 ELECTRIC 12 OSCILLATING FAN-PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED” is in sale since Sunday, November 25, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Electric Fans”. The seller is “7191beth” and is located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia.
- Modified Item: Yes
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: General Electric
- Modification Description: see description