My wife's Dad picked this up at a consignment house and gave it to me a couple weeks ago when we were up visiting during our family reunion. I finally got a chance to take a closer look at it tonight...OK, OK, curiosity finally got the better of me and I decided to MAKE the time to take a closer look at it...LOL!!!
What do you think about this little gem?
Casting/part number of the body (453):
Casting/part number of the collar...nearly hammered beyond recognition (454):
The dreaded mismatched hand-crank from an old enterprise stuffer...possibly a #35 (hence the title of this thread):
Overall, it appears to be in good mechanical/functional condition, including the work table clamp. I think with some fine steel wool, a wire brush, elbow grease and possibly naval jelly (rust removing gel), it could be brought back from it's current state of hibernation to a useful life...I'll just need to hunt down the hand-crank. The only problem I can foresee at this point would be the ~3/16" grinding plate, which is pretty fine for the type of sausages I currently make, being uncased loaves...I need a coarser grind for that:
I did a bit of online searching this evening for info at antique sites and just found some general info about the company's roots in Erie PA from the 1800's up until it's takeover in the late 1950's ('57 as I recall)...very interesting reading, and part of the reason for my thread.
This small piece of history (in the form of the cast iron Enterprise crank) took me way back down memory lane, to the childhood days of homemade venison summer sausage, ground with a #32 powered by a 1/2 HP motor with belt drive (not just a finger nipper...it would have taken an arm if you'd let it). We stuffed the sausage with a huge Enterprise vertical...maybe 30# capacity. I'm not sure of the model, but it seemed like a very big and very heavy giant to the 5 or 6-year old (me) that was standing there watching the whole process.
Does anyone have an idea when this particular #2 Griswold may have been manufactured?
Thanks for any input or comments you may have.