Found this yesterday in a free pile at the end of someone's driveway. (Having a barn means never having to say "no"!) Maxwell Ltd. No. 2 Diamond Food Chopper.
Who wrote the copy below?!! From a time when you just described what your product would do.
All the parts are still there, along with the original pasteboard box!
I can personally attest to the fact that it does a terrific job of turning apple chunks into applesauce, much better than my British-made Spong.
Below, an older Maxwells No. 15 I picked up somewhere else:
Maxwells Limited was a foundry first established in Paris, Ontario in the late 1800's. The business moved to St. Marys Ontario in 1888, where it became known as David Maxwell & Sons or simply Maxwell & Sons. In its heyday, it employed over 100 people and was the largest factory in Perth County. The two-storey building was 250 feet long, with another wing 200 feet long. The first floor was for machine work with storage in the wing and basement. Painting and finishing were done on the second floor. Three shorter wings, each 150 feet long, contained a wood shop, blacksmith shop and moulding shop. Initially, farm equipment was the main focus, but eventually it produced plows, harrows, scufflers, binders, hay mowers, tedders, sulky rakes, hay loaders, root cutters, corn shellers, ringer washing machines, lawn mowers, food grinders and churns. During World War II, production was devoted to the manufacture of hand grenades. Following the war, it was unable to compete and ceased operation in 1964. The factory was demolished in 1987.
Below, pictures of the factory from various sources, principally the St. Marys Museum Photo Collection. The company even used to have its own band and yearly parade!
Above, 1890 group photo of employees of David Maxwell Company, St. Marys. The photograph is taken on the loading dock of the factory, located on James Street South. The dock was for shipping and receiving goods sent by train (the tracks are visible in the photograph.)
Above, photo showing the interior of the Maxwell factory (specifically the cooperage section). A group of male employees (including a boy) are posed together. Somewhere between 1910-1920.
Maxwell's store and staff preparing for a parade of Maxwell's equipment, ca. 1901. Maxwell's staff can be seen sitting in the windows.
1944 photo of women inspectors of hand grenades at Maxwells during the World War II. The inspectors were government employees.