R. HODD & SON'S LADY HELP KNIFE CLEANER (Cowdrey's Patent)COWDERY'S PATENT KNIFE CLEANER
Messrs. R. Hodd & Son, of Hatton Garden, London, E.C., are introducing to the trade a remarkable effective little implement, called “The ‘Lady-Help' Knife Cleaner” (Cowdery's Patent) of which they are the sole makers and licensees. As will be seen from our illustration, the “Lady-Help” machine is more compact than any other knife cleaner in the market, the dimensions of the apparatus complete being 7 in. by 6 in., and 9 in. high. There is no casing required, all the mechanism, which is of the simplest kind, being exposed to view, so that the operator can see the progress of the work which this machine accomplishes so readily and well. It consists of a japanned iron frame within which are enclosed a pair of cylindrical rollers of India-rubber in suitable bearings, the rollers being made to revolve by cog wheels turned by a small handle. The motion is smooth, rapid, cleanly, and easy, and can scarcely be put out of running gear even by the most inexperienced domestic “help.” The operation of this machine thoroughly cleans any size knife, including carvers, with a smooth polish like silver, imparting to table cutlery in daily use an appearance hitherto unattainable by any known process of ordinary knife cleaning. It is claimed that Cowdery's patent knife cleaner cannot damage knives or their handles, whether ivory or silver, nor wear them away, as they only come in contact with the India-rubber. Carving forks can also be thoroughly cleaned in every part. From its compactness the new knife cleaner is well suited for shipment to colonial and other foreign markets.
Source: The Scientific Canadian
- September 1879
R. Hodd & Son - London - 1880
Ten different versions of 'The Lady Help' were shown by R. Hodd & Son at the International Agricultural Exhibition in 1879:
International Agricultural Exhibition - London - 1879