Paul Graves (870) 754-7768 [email protected] brass guards, blades, bearings, vane oscillator parts, gears, etc. Plasti-Kote Company, Inc Availible at Target and Walmart in small 3oz.spray cans. Odds 'n' Ends BRASS #139S is a very close match to the original color Emerson used to paint their fan blades in the 1920's. Also custom machining and some restoration services. Available from Mc Master-Carr Supply Co (see below) Part Number 76885T62, the price is /can.Collecting antique electric fans is an interesting and challenging hobby, especially for fans made in the early years after its invention, c.1885, when companies' earliest designs made use of interesting open motors and brass blades devoid of any protective cage.
1917 models, both iron and steel had the newer round cage badge and a brass cage.
For 1918 and possibly 1919 R&M's larger fans had a wrapped steel cage followed by a welded steel cage c.1920.
The much more commonly used "open flag" cage badge as used on most 140 fans is shown in the top photo, right, and was used on 12" and 16" R&M fans through 1916.
The photo below, right, is of the smaller round badge used during the last year of R&M cast iron fan motor production, presumably 1917.
The fan on the right has its original felt on the base.
All three fans have their original paint, finish on the brass, and head wires.
A similar 16" fan was also made, the List 140 which, other than the fan size, was basically the same as the 12" model.
Left to right are the original 1911 model (one of my favorite fans and often a daily user) with a guard using a square back ring.
The 1404 incorporated three speeds with a good speed separation between high and medium and medium and low.