Wondering about age of Peter Wright anvil

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I'm new to this forum and to blacksmithing. I am gathering items and making a forge. Just yesterday I purchased an anvil at an auction. After getting it home I found that it was a Peter Wright. I've done some research and believe that it was made sometime around the middle of the 19th century. Could someone confirm or deny what age this anvil might be.

The anvil is marked with "Peter Wright Patent". Below it is "1 0 7" which is spread out from the left side of the base to the right side. My research shows that "1 0 7" means it is a 119 pound anvil which is fairly accurate according to my bathroom scale which shows 117.5 pounds. It does not have England or Solid Wrought written on it anywhere. The overall length is 22", 4" face width, 3 3/16" table width, 10 1/2" tall, and base is 9 3/4" x8 5/8".

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Thanks in advance,


Woodie

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See if your library has or can get a copy of anvils in america by Richard Postman...And if you put your location in this forum there may be someon clase that has a coppy.

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Thank you Rich, I live near Topeka, Kansas. I checked the local library, they do not have a copy. I will have to check later to see if they can get one. A local college may have a copy I can use.

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Get your hands on a copy of the book. It's worth it. Based on my memory, it became a law around 1915 for items exported out of England to say England on them. So I think it would have been made prior to then. I got a copy through Inter Library Loan. Ask your local library about it. Postman is the expert on the subject.

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Woodie here is the way I understand it.

If it does not say Solid Wrought on it either in a straight line or in a circle you got a really old one (pre 1850). If it said solid wrought in a straight line it would be 1850-1860 after that it was in a circle. After 1915 they started marking "England" under the word Patent on them as RegionalChaos said above. Nice old anvil.

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If you look at the feet on the front under the horn, are there numbers on each foot?

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No serial numbers on a Peter Wright as I recall. Now a Trenton or HB...

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My Peter Wright has the number 2 on both feet under the horn.

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Jeff, I think these tend to be a makers mark or an inspectors mark. Not so much serial numbers. But of course I could be wrong. Anvils in America has the most info I know of about it.

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