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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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    Interesting 100 lb FISHER anvil, modified with an interchangeable die. 1870's era anvil. From a scissor factory in Ohio. This was done by the end user, not factory modified.
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    All depends on how they arrive. The above one came as you see it. Nothing done. Painted ones get a soak in Simple Green to remove the paint, then whatever it takes to clean them up. Finally usually Gibbs Oil for preservation. Rusty ones get wire brushing, wheeling or whatever, then a good bath with a detergent, then oiling. A few get left with the paint or patina.
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    They are out there. Recently acquired 60 lb Fisher, 1942, NOS. This anvil has never been hit! Found by a friend doing a kitchen cabinet installation. Talking with the homeowner led to him finding this and another Fisher. Both purchased for the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum.
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    Moved some iron today to make a more cohesive display: I put all of the FISHER Double Horn styled anvils together. On the left top is a Custom Double Horn, 260 lb. Under it is a European Style 286 lb. Bottom shelf has another European Style at 380 lb. Fisher made at least three small versions of this style. On the right are four different sized Insonora anvils, made for the South American market. These seven anvils are among the rarest anvils Fisher made. On the extreme right are a few Hay Budden anvils.
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    Grandpa's Arm & Hammer Anvil

    15237 Serial number puts is around 1912. There are no accurate records between the years 1901 and 1912. AIA lists 15238 at 1912.
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    Arm and hammer anvil

    I am seeing 27112 perhaps as the serial number. If that is the actual serial number, it would put it from around 1917.
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    Help Identify This Fisher

    As stated ^^, you have already answered your questions. If you would like to know and see more Fisher anvils, scroll through all of the postings here on IFI. If you want to know even more, and are on Facebook, check out "Fisher & Norris Factory Museum" page. I will be glad to answer any more questions on either forum.
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    Finally unloaded the anvil today and weighed it. 380 lb. 39" length.
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    Date and weight for Arm and Hammer?

    According to AIA, your anvil was made approx 1920-21.
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    After a while, you can recognize the styles and shapes from 100 yds, or from lousy photos. Sometimes it is a good thing; reduces competition.
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    No. Just time spent researching various online sources and taking the time and effort to attend the sales. Also being able to recognize what they are selling, often from lousy photos.
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    Eastern Pennsylvania. Estate auction.
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    First picture of newest anvil into the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum. Roughly 400 lb Fisher, 39" length, European Pattern Double Horn. Made in 1924. Very rare pattern. This one joins the other one of the same design(286 lb) in the Museum. More pictures after cleanup and oiling.
  14. Your anvil has had a lot of use, as indicated by the wear on the face and a lot of use of tooling in the hardie hole. But it still has a lot of life left. They built them tough in Brooklyn.
  15. Anvils in America lists this serial number as possible early in 1893, which would put it in HB second year of production. The only idea on the BB is it could be an inspectors mark. Later these were numbers stamped on the curve under the horn. Could you post a few more photos of the whole anvil?