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Reserved for Mike

GE 12 inch Brass Oscillating Fan from 1912

You are viewing a vintage brass blade General Electric 12” fan with Kidney oscillator.

Some background on this fan…

This 12 inch fan was manufactured in 1912 or 1913, at GE’s Schenectady Works.

The motor nameplate reads: Alternating Current Fan Motor, No. 668162, Volts 110, cycles 60, Pat Aug 13, 1885, Jun 25, 1901.

This model uses the “kidney” shaped oscillator, which was the second of 5 versions that GE used during the early 1900’s. The kidney oscillator appears to have been used for only two model years and is not commonly found today. The design of this oscillator was a little fragile and often the fan is found with the oscillator missing. The oscillator used a lever on top of the gearbox to set whether the fan would oscillate or not.

Another adjustment allows the fan to be directed level, upward, or downward in seven steps by pulling the brass locking pin.

The motor speed is controlled by a three-speed switch that is mounted in the base.

Motor lubrication is by two oil cups mounted on the front and rear shafts.

I was able to find two advertisements for this fan by searching for “General Electric Fan” for the years 1911-1913 on Google Books (books.google.com)

Condition of this fan…

It is completely working, with all three speeds, and all oscillator functions. A vintage replacement cord was added for safe operation.

All brass components were cleaned and polished, then given a coat of clear lacquer to avoid future corrosion.

The base and motor were repainted with black enamel.

The motor was completely disassembled and cleaned to remove 100 years of dried oil and grime, then sealed with lacquer. The bronze motor bearings are in excellent condition.

The oscillator was repaired as follows: This fan was found with cracking at the oscillator mounting flange and cover as well as much missing paint. The oscillator case was made of die cast zinc that tended to be fragile and did not hold the paint very well. It was repaired with cyanoacrylate glue, and then repainted with black enamel. The gears, which are in excellent condition, were greased. The oscillator selector lever has one tab broken off – see photos – the other remains and does not keep it from working properly.

The original bottom cover, with most of the instruction label is intact.

The brass blades are tight with no loose rivets; they do have a few light dings that are barely noticeable.

Overall, this fan is a fantastic representation of a very hard-to-find kidney oscillator fan. It is in wonderful condition for a 100 year old! The fan is ready for immediate use.

The fan will be carefully packed and insured before being shipped to the buyer. The shipment will be made in two cartons, one for the base/motor and another for the fan blade and cage. This fan is very heavy and must be disassembled for safe shipping. You must reassemble the fan blade and cage to the base/motor.

This fan will be shipped via UPS. Any shipping overcharges will be refunded.

Feel free to convo me with any questions.
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Reserved for Mike. Rare GE 12 inch Brass Oscillating Fan from 1912 Fully Restored


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: Cast Iron, Brass
  • Only ships within United States.
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