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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, plu
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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 an
  8. Added another 30 lb. F&N to the Museum collection. This one predates the time they were putting the year made on them, so it is from around 1880. Always nice to find one in good condition, considering how old it is.
  9. I believe they came out of a small factory. I will follow up to try to get more information.
  10. Nice matching pair of 130 lb. Fisher anvils on marked factory stands added into the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum. The left one was made in 1912. The right one was made in 1917. Interesting that the stand on the right has "130" cast into it, indicating the size anvil it was made for. It also has the logo with USA in the middle. This style was only done around this era.
  11. Let me know if this works. 1890 Fisher anvil.
  12. I am not sure what the problem is. I can see the post and image fine on my PC. I think this may be a problem for the Admins to figure out.
  13. New to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum: 1890, Fisher, 100 lb. Full weight amount under the horn. This method of weight marking was only used in 1890 and 1891.
  14. You probably do not need the chain. The caulk should hold it fine.
  15. Your anvil was made in Trenton, NJ in 1879. The dating on the bottom is the first year they dated their anvils. The date was on the bases for only 1879 and 1880. In 1881 the date moved to the slope under the hardy hole. Weights were not put on their anvil for another 10 years. If you want to learn the complete history of Fisher & Norris, please consider my book that is available.
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