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About njanvilman

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    Fisher & Norris Factory Museum Curator

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    Owner and Curator of the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum, containing all of the remaining artifacts from the Fisher and Crossley eras of anvil production. Also I have the most complete collection of Fisher products including the only existing complete collection of all sizes of anvils and chain vises. PM me to arrange a visit. All in the blacksmithing community are welcome.

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    Twenty one of the 20 lb Fisher anvils in the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum. It took many years to find these. But they are out there.
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    260# Fisher Saw Tuners Anvil

    A friend of mine was given a Fisher Saw anvil that was used for a lifetime by a saw tuner. He actually tested the face and it was around Rockwell 60. So if used for conventional smithing, be very careful. Missed blows can have consequences.
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    Frosty But the anvil is about 6000 miles away from you. A long hike. Someday everything will be liquidated. I will let you know a month ahead of time so you can begin your journey. Yup, the difference in 11 lb of iron is almost insignificant. Maybe 1/4" in height.
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    The part of the post with the weight got edited out by an Admin. The anvil is 314 lb. There is a 325 lb (unverified) identical pattern STAR out there too.
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    Soon to be added to the collection STAR #27. Second heaviest STAR anvil known. Top face dimension of 12" x 6 1/2".
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    Most handles are horizontal. This anvil is only 3" wide so it would have fit horizontal.
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    Second smallest FISHER Sawmaker's Anvil listed in their catalog. This one has a 3" x 7" face, 5" tall. It is listed as 35 lb, but this one is stamped 37 lb, which is what it weighs. This one is dated 1931. Fisher made Sawmaker anvils from 32 lb to over 600 lb. Most made were in the 100 to 300 lb range.
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    260# Fisher Saw Tuners Anvil

    Good morning AA I would only do a cleaning with a mild detergent and water rinse to get any dirt off. Then leave it. Nothing more is required. Leave the original patina. A light oil spray on the top would prevent further rusting. This is a standard size Fisher sawmakers. They made about 50 different shapes and weights, from around 30 lb to 650 lb. Everyone seemed to want something exactly to specs, and Fisher was very accommodating. If they did not have a pattern for what the size the customer wanted, they would make one. I would possibly be interested in this piece down the road. Please check out my "Fisher & Norris Factory Museum" on Facebook or just Google it for more info. I too am very passionate about Fisher anvils and now have the largest collection. Soon to have a book on the company done. I have attached a photo of the bronze stamp that was used to put the logo into the mold on the anvil. This is probably one of the most unique pieces in the Museum. If you are ever down in NJ, contact me for visit.
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    260# Fisher Saw Tuners Anvil

    Good morning. Nice looking Fisher Saw anvil. Made in Trenton, NJ. There might be a date cast in. Also there might be a factory weight stamped in. The faces on these get very hard and brittle if they were used to tune blades. Just clean it up and oil it. Any other questions about Fisher or your anvil?
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    Age of Arm & Hammer Anvil, Serial #47611

    Your anvil was made sometime between 1941 and 1944, according to AIA.
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    Arm and Hammer serial number 26471

    You anvil was made around 1917, according to AIA.
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    Largest vintage anvil

    I have an exact size wood replica of the FISHER 1400 lb anvil in the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum. Perhaps it would make a great pattern if you ever want to create this size anvil. The original anvil still exists in the State Museum on NJ. The original was made for the 1876 Centennial in Philadelphia. PM me if you want to further discuss this.
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    Fisher anvil questions

    I will try to answer some of this..... The basic method of making Fisher anvils did not change much over their 120+ years of manufacturing. The only difference I would put out there is that the steel face material was probably better in 1919 than 1850. I have many anvils in the Fisher & Norris Museum, and most have held up well. Of course I do not buy any that are worn out, missing faceplates, broken and the like. Some anvils that are well over 150 years old look new, others are beat to death. Same goes for the newer one. Given the similarity in size and vast difference in price, I would think the 1919 one would be a better buy. kjbarth...do I know you? Perhaps you should visit the FN Museum and get an education on Fisher anvils. Just contact me via PM for a time.
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    Largest vintage anvil

    What I know of: There is a 900 lb Trenton somewhere out there in the US. Fisher & Norris Factory Museum has a 800 lb London pattern and a 1000 lb #10 Chainmaker's anvil. The 1400 lb Fisher made for the 1876 Centennial is on current exhibit in Trenton, NJ at the NJ State Museum. There is the 1354 lb Wilkonson Jr forged anvil privately owned near Manchester, England. A friend in Brazil has several forged anvils over 900 lb; the largest almost 1200 lb.
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    Identity help!

    The shape looks Hay Budden. The 0 inspectors mark is a HB characteristic.