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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. It seems there is always something new out there when it comes to Fisher anvils. New to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum today, this 20 lb anvil, made in the 1920s. Look carefully....see the difference? The name FISHER is on the rear, under the heel. This is the first time I have come across this way of marking. During this era, the 20/30/40 lb F&N anvil were redesigned to be less blocky and sleeker. Almost similar to the shape of the small Hay Budden anvils. They were also changing how they marked them. I have 8 of this size, and only 2 have similar markings. I love finding new history based on what they produced. A lot of this information is in my book. See my profile for ordering information. Thanks.
  2. I have only seen the "bubbling" on HB anvils.
  3. You have a Hay Budden anvil. This "bubbling" on the base was common during certain times in their production. I cannot give a reason though. Do not smooth anything out. Use one of the above suggestions, and happy hammering.
  4. Mark1000 Post some photos of it and we should be able to help you out. Make sure you get profiles of all sides.
  5. According to "Anvils in America", your anvil was made in 1909.
  6. Books are available only from the author at shop.fishernorris.com. All books shipped out within 24 hours.
  7. Yes, all three of the top anvils are on 50 lb. Fisher anvils. Dovetail slot....not sure if they were factory made, but there are two anvils in the Museum with slots in the face, and both have tooling in them. I will post some photos.
  8. I am always striving to add interesting new pieces to the Fisher Museum collection. The Fisher anvil in the middle of the photo is new today. It is a 1921 made, 20 lb. I set it up with a 1921 Hay Budden, also 21 lb., and a modern 20 lb. Holland anvil, made in 2020. Two anvils made 100 years ago, and one made last year. The classics do not change much.
  9. I had to be in Brooklyn, NY early Sunday morning. So I took my 21 lb. Hay Budden anvil, made in 1921 back to its birthplace. The building HB made these in up to 1926 is still standing. It has been used for many different purposes over the years. Being Sunday morning it was all closed. But I will return sometime to see what is inside, if possible. This building is probably the only anvil manufacturing building still standing from the past. So exactly 100 years after leaving this location, this small anvil returned.
  10. I will let you know when I make the trip. I still want to get down to the island below where the dam was and explore. It will be interesting to hear your insight about the Newport area. JPL I will be by at some point. I want to see your future school and meet you finally.
  11. Everyone will be welcome no matter where they are coming from. I am planning a visit to Newport, Maine to present them with a book for the library. The town historian and librarian were very helpful showing me archival material they have from the town's history. Some is included in the book. I am not sure if my trip will be this summer or next.
  12. Short nutshell...the complete story is in book...but after Mr. Postman's "Anvils in America" came out in 1998, I noticed a photo of a price sheet from Crossley Machine Co. Working only 12 miles away, I visited one day, knocked on the door, and entering that day changed my life forever. They had made Fisher anvils until 1979, and were about to shut down. They gave me anything related to that time that was left. I accidentally became the curator of the Fisher legacy. 22 years of collecting and research led to my two year stint writing the story of F&N. My book details it all, plus so much more. And for now, I am running a Father's Day sale on everything. Thank you for your interest.
  13. JPL Probably 1950s. Between 1952 and 1961. Nice 150. Looks unused. I just noticed that this FISHER page just past 100,000 views! I hope my many contributions to this page and to everyone's knowledge of Fisher anvils and technology has been helpful. If you want to know more about Fisher history, please consider my book. Go to my Profile to see where to purchase. Thank you. And Thank you IFI for all you do keeping this site going.
  14. The Museum is located near Adelphia, NJ, just off of Rt. 9. Very easy to get to from anywhere. I hope the Fisher anvil helps!
  15. I often wonder about where all of these anvils have been, who has hammered on them, and what has been made on them? And of the pristine ones in the Museum, where have they been hidden for scores of years. If they could only talk! And who ordered the custom anvils, and what were they intended for? With restrictions easing, being vaccinated, I am reopening the Museum for tours. Still only by appointment as this is a private museum not open to the general public. Contact me through this site or at njanvilman@gmail.com. Thank you everyone for your continued support of the Museum and my book.
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