The Tank and The Emerson

After taking a break from blogging, I have felt the need to update my website. As a vast majority of the new clients I seem to be getting are coming from here. I honestly have been so busy with life and restoring fans, and updating my home that I just haven’t had the time.

But you’re here to read about antique fans, not my busy life. So lets get down to it. I recently finished a project for a client who wanted two fans restored. One is antique white, the other is gloss black. I can’t tell you which is my favorite.

Lets start with the white one. I picked an antique white for the color, and added a little gold flake to the clear coat (unless you’re in the right light, it’s very hard to see). The color is beige base coat, with automotive clear coat. Per the client, I had all the brass sent out to be nickel plated. This turned out extremely beautiful and will be doing this to future projects.

The white fan is what is known as a “tank fan”. As you can see in the pictures, it’s built like a tank, hence the name. This particular model is a Western Electric Victor Tank, although the “tank” model was popularized by Westinghouse, other fan companies such as Western Electric, R & M and Dayton re-badged and sold this type of fan as well. Outside of GE fan’s, tanks are by far my favorite.


The second fan is an Emerson 1010 model. The fan, like I said above, was painted in Automotive Gloss Black, base-coat, clear coat. All the brass was clean and polished. Even though this is a normal, bread and butter restoration ( Black Paint, Polished Brass) I am really proud of this fan. It seems like the more I work on these fans, and the more I practice this craft, the better the product is. Practice makes perfect I suppose.


Don’t get me wrong, I am very proud of the Victor Tank, but the little Emerson turned out just as good in my opinion. If you’d like to see all of the pictures of these two projects please click on the links below. As always, any questions or comments are appreciated. If you would like to get into contact with me, please send inquiries to [email protected]

Victor Tank Restoration

Emerson 1010 Restoration

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