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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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  1. Just found this post, two weeks late. Yes, it looks like 1905 birth date. BTW, the dating was done for their one year warranty on the anvil. No cleanup aside from wire brushing the rust. Then apply any light oil to keep it from oxidizing again. Hammer away. Do not grind the face. Just use it! A nice smooth area will soon appear. If you want to learn the history of Fisher & Norris, please consider my book on the history of the company plus lots more. Only available at shop.fishernorris.com. Thanks.
  2. That style of anvil was made by Fisher around 1920. They called them Insonora, which means quiet in Spanish. There are 4 sizes of these in the Fisher Museum.
  3. Added another classic Fisher to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum today. 50 lb, made in 1927. Almost perfect, with some of the factory paint left. Also, in the second photo, you can see where the original oval label was. The one would have had a black and white label, not the orange/black one. It is getting harder to find Fisher anvils in this condition. Grab them when the opportunity strikes.
  4. On the left, nice #5, 50 lb early F&N anvil added to the heard. This style without the cutting table was made in the 1850s only. They have a very nice surface finish. Many of the early Fisher anvils had a surface finish that was rarely duplicated in later anvils. This anvil is almost perfect; there is just some minor chipping on the edge near the hardy hole. The Fisher anvil on the right is a unique piece with the bold eagle logo and USA under it. For more information, please consider my book available at fishernorris.com.
  5. Do not worry about what it looks like under the horn. Fisher anvils are cast upside down. It looks like some slag floated to the top and stayed there while cooling. It will not affect the anvil. The indestructible paint has appeared on a few of my anvils. I have soaked for over a month in Simple Green, and the paint is mostly laughing at it. If some remains, so what. The face of the anvil looks OK as a good user anvil. It will give you years of service.
  6. The serial number located on the front right base is used to date Trenton anvils. They made lots of different weights.
  7. Nice anvil. Do NOT grind the torch marks. They will not be in the way of any work you will do.
  8. If you have any specific questions about the anvil, I will try to answer them. So far you have gotten good advise. Remove the paint, wire wheel it, then let's see what you have. Do not get too aggressive with a grinder or sanding disc. Slight casting flaws under the horn and heel are of no concern. Eventually if you want to learn about the history of the company, look up fishernorris.com to get the link to my new book.
  9. New addition to the Fisher & Norris Museum: 50 lb Fisher, no markings, made in the late 40s/early 50s. This anvil has never been used. Note the factory grind marks on the face. Learn all about why this was not marked in my book on the History of Fisher & Norris. Scroll up to find the link for ordering.
  10. Rare Fisher item from the Museum. 3" square stake made by F&N with the original wooden pattern. This was made sometime in the 1860s/1870s. Remember my book is available.
  11. Fishers are great anvils. When you find a good one, it will be a lifetime anvil, and beyond for many generations. If you love your Fisher anvil, you will love to read the story of the company that produced them. Link to find and buy my book: shop.fishernorris.com.
  12. Your order will go out this morning. Spread the word. Thanks.
  13. Thanks. You will enjoy the book.
  14. I think what you are getting at is the heart of the difference between cast anvils made off of a pattern, and forged anvils that were essentially handmade by the hammermen. I am impressed by the consistency of the product the forged anvil maker produced. I can spot a HB anvil from 100 feet away!
  15. My book, "The History of Fisher & Norris, Eagle Anvil Works" is now available to purchase. Click here. Books and other posters and merchandise are available. This book is the culmination of over twenty years of research that started when Richard Postman published "Anvils in America" in 1998. The whole story of how all of this happened, the history of the company, people, products, technology and many anecdotes is included. 376 pages, full color, cloth bound hard cover, dust jacket. Includes photos and images all all of the significant people involved in the business over almost
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