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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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  1. Proof copy of my upcoming book on the history of Fisher & Norris. Available soon. Waiting for the world to settle down to get it printed. Taking advantage of extra time home to clean up from my book work and set up a new display of interesting mostly Fisher items in the Museum.
  2. It is a Trenton Brand anvil, made in Ohio. 150 lb. According to AIA, made approx. 1913.
  3. You have an early Fisher & Norris anvil. Straight horn. It was probably made in the late 1850s/early 1860s in Trenton, NJ. Do not attempt to repair it. Fixing F&N anvils is almost impossible. Enjoy it for what it is. Consider what it has done in it 160 years.
  4. Besides making blacksmithing anvils, F&N made many other products. Vises, swage blocks, anvil stands, saw makers' anvils and many specialized anvils among them. When I cleaned out Crossley Machine in 1999, I recovered several original swage block patterns. The F&N Museum has one block matching a pattern. Another block was identified in a western Pennsylvania shop matching a different pattern. The pattern below is an original rectangular pattern, producing a block of 150 lb. While fact checking my upcoming book, my daughter found a listing for this swage block for sale. Upon inquiry, it was still available. So off I went on a 200 mile ride to bring it home. I brought the pattern with me to be sure it was a match. Everything checked out, so into the trunk of my car it went. Photo below was taken in the museum. Just in time....this will be the final photo in my upcoming book. It is always amazing to fill in the various holes in the facts of this great American company.
  5. Thomas Powers Please so not comment on my posts! Your crude attempts at humor are poor at best.
  6. Recently added to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum: sign from Crossley Machine Co. from the outside of the factory. Crossley made Fisher anvils from 1961 to 1979. The factory complex was demolished in 2001.
  7. By the logo, your anvil was made between 1872 and 1880, by Fisher & Norris, in Trenton, NJ. If you post the dimensions, I can tell you the weight. This era F&N anvil did not have the weight on it.
  8. Visit the museum to see a few hundred, including many factory fresh anvils.
  9. They came all ways. Even though Fisher anvils were cast from a pattern, there are very few that are identical.
  10. For your viewing pleasure....a 1970s Fisher/Crossley....new mounting lug location. Done only on 100 lb sizes in the 1970s. This anvil is almost factory new....99 pt.
  11. Hi njanvilman!
    I just bought an Arm & Hammer 265 lbs anvil and saw you had been able to help another member with a date and was wondering if I could ask the same? 
    thank you for any information you may have and share with us all!



  12. Probably military spec FISHER. The stamped in letters were added sometime during its life. 100 lb Fishers were very commonly made for the military. Your's is probably 1951 vintage. It looks almost unused.
  13. You have an 1880's era Fisher anvil. Look under the anvil on the base....there "might" be a date there. Either way, your anvil was made 1879 or 1880. They did not start marking the date under the heel with this model until some time in 1880. The Cast Steel refers to the horn plate, they were cast steel. Just a marketing thing by F&N. The 119 weight stamp might have been added later. The rest of the stampings are original. The anvil was made in Trenton, NJ. Welcome to the Fisher Family....stay tuned here or on my FB page: Fisher & Norris Factory Museum, for the announcement of my book coming soon on the complete history of this company. Guaranteed it will be in interesting read.
  14. The 2020 ABANA conference should be the best one yet. They have a wonderful line-up of demonstrators plus everything else that goes with it.
  15. I have one other. This one matches the imprint on the stands exactly. It could be from 1892, when they first made the stands. Too bad it is missing the letter and &, but better than nothing.