The Westerner you see featured here has the metal handle, so Harley Spiller's must be even earlier. The Westerner doesn't appear in the 1962 catalog, so perhaps it from 1963. Check out more catalogs at the fantastic Weber Kettle Club website.
This is my friend Harley Spiller's rare Weber. He has recently taken it "into the shop." I have asked him to keep us posted on the project. Note the metal handle, which is what they used before they switched to a wood handle, because wood doesn't get as hot. This was told to me by Weber expert Matt O'Brien, a curator at the blog Weber Kettle Club, which is absolutely fantastic.
Buffalo Forge Grill expert restorer Adam Gibson has bought this Canadian-made Buffalo Forge blower on ebay, and has plans for it. Adam writes:
"I recently purchased this for my collection for 46 dollars from a lady in Vermont on EBay. It has no handle but I am going to paint this red along with adding some of our northern friends' touches to a parts forge grill of mine for a nice special tribute. I'll keep you posted on the maple leaf and red transformation. Should be pretty special when it is all done. I was thinking about outlining the letters in black to make them pop."
Can't wait to see what Adam does with it! It'll be cool, that's for sure. Thanks for sending, Adam.