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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. Your order will go out this morning. Spread the word. Thanks.
  2. Thanks. You will enjoy the book.
  3. 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!
  4. 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 165 years. I thank all that have an interest in the full, correct story of this great American company.
  5. Printer promised deliver tomorrow, May 12. I am waiting conformation right now.
  6. I read this old thread about Anvil Collections and came across this. I don't even remember writing it. The answer is: Yes, my book is done, and I am expecting delivery this week. I self published. I set my self a deadline to have it ready for ABANA 2020. That forced me to finish. I will post information about availability as soon as I physically have the books. In the 10 years since this thread was started, the "Fisher & Norris Factory Museum" collection has about doubled in scope. As I predicted in 2010, I found tons more information about Fisher History and artifacts. I think everyone who reads the book will enjoy the information I present.
  7. According to Anvils in America, made approx 1910.
  8. If you post photos and dimensions, I will try to help you. Also, check out "Fisher & Norris Factory Museum".
  9. 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.
  10. It is a Trenton Brand anvil, made in Ohio. 150 lb. According to AIA, made approx. 1913.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Thomas Powers Please so not comment on my posts! Your crude attempts at humor are poor at best.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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