Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 29, 2015

Artifact of the Week. D.E. Mahoney and the Cornwall Plow.


scan0072The top end of a plow fabricated by D.E. Mahoney, founder and machinist of Cornwall, Ontario, 1889.  From the collection of the Cornwall Community Museum, this plow will be loaned to the United Counties of SD & G to display at the International Plowing Match in Finch.scan0073


An 1889 advertisement for the complete implement.

Denis E. Mahoney opened his foundry in Cornwall Ontario sometime around 1884.

In 1906 Mahoney advertised that he manufactured threshing machines, railroad horse powers, drag and circular sawing machines, land rollers, horse hoes, cultivators and plow points of the very best.

It appears that Mahoney was in business until the First World War, when it is probable that the foundry was taken over by John Thompson and P. Bergin to operate as The Cornwall Brass and Iron Foundry until 1976.

Operated by E.P. and J. Leroux during the Second World War, the December 30, 1944 Progress Edition of the “Standard-Freeholder,” related that “Working on the present time on war sub-contracts the firm makes brass and iron casings of all types.  Restrictions of raw materials have varied the types of unfinished brass and iron and expert workmanship is required to ensure that the level of quality maintained in former years continued through the war-time era.”

The foundry went out of business in 1976.  A year later its equipment was purchased by the newly opened Corbon Foundries.


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