GE Pancake fans are considered some of the most beautiful fans ever made. These late victorian era fans feature sturdy cast-iron construction, imposing proportions and ornate designs.
The 1904 model is the second year of models featuring the five-speed switch mechanism housed within the base. Prior versions had this feature on the back of the motor housing. By moving the switch to the base, GE made viewable the stunning bronze cast rotor hub, something that has been accentuated in this restoration through polishing and plating.
Other new features of the 1904 model include a semi-ribbed base, something carried out through midway into 1906 when all ornate flutings were hastily removed from the fan in general, a sign of the new century.