Catalog Cuts

Maynard Engines from The Charles William Store

| April/May 2004

I hope readers will enjoy these old advertisements for Maynard engines, which originally appeared in 1916 in the The Charles William Stores New York annual catalog. Charles Williams was a large mail order store based in New York City.

According to the catalog, Maynard engines were manufactured at a plant in Pennsylvania. I understand early Maynard engines were actually made by Jacobsen Machine Manufacturing Co. in Warren, Pa., with later engines made by Nelson Bros. Co., Saginaw, Mich.

My interest in Maynard engines is the 1-1/2 HP Jr. I acquired my first Jr. in the mid-1980s. The engine is complete and shows serial no. Ml 1611. I have given it a valve job, and I've located an original crank guard to replace its missing guard. It has some original reddish-maroon paint, and the outline of the decal is somewhat visible. A Maynard featured on the cover of the December 1999 issue of Gas Engine Magazine has a good representation of a Maynard decal.

I acquired my other Maynard Jr., serial no. 12092, from fellow collector Mike Wenhold in a trade. Both engines have sparkplug ignition with buzz-coil timers, and they both have their original mufflers. Flywheels are 16 inches in diameter, and the engines weigh 240 pounds. The Maynard Jr. has a 3-1/4-inch bore and 4-1/2-inch stroke.

I would like to hear from fellow owners of 1-1/2 HP Jr. or other Jacobson-built engine with different name-plates.

Stan Matlowski, 118 Hunlock-Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621; e-mail: