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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. Many Fisher anvil have stood the test of time, and more. This Fisher anvil served as an anchor for an offshore mooring for many years in salt water. The lugs were worn off, and a lot of the steel corroded. But there is enough left of the faceplate that the anvil could still be used. This was the first Fisher anvil in the collection many years ago. It was a great buy at $5 at an auction next to Sandy Hook Bay, NJ. For the complete story of this anvil plus lots more, please consider my book, "The History of Fisher & Norris, Eagle Anvil Works". Available at shop.fishernorris.com.
  2. That would not give a correct reading due to certain things present on the original. Buy and read my book to find out what I am talking about.
  3. HB Serial # 104906 puts the anvil birth in 1905, according to "Anvils in America" by Richard Postman.
  4. The NJ State Museum has the anvil made for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia is said to be 1400 lb. It has never been weighed on a certified scale. I have a full size wooden replica of it in the Fisher Museum.
  5. The biggest London pattern Fisher here is 800 lb. It is almost 4' long. The heaviest Fisher anvil in the Museum is the #10 Chainmaker's anvil, at 1000 lb.
  6. I have heard rumors that F&N made a 1200 lb. anvil for the 1896 World's Fair. But I have no confirmation, and have not found any records or photos.
  7. No one has ever accused me of under building my display areas. I do worry about the axles of some of the carts, not the framework. ....and earthquakes...
  8. The largest and smallest actual blacksmithing anvils F&N made. Top is the 0 size, at various times either 8 or 10 lb. It is sitting on an 800 lb. anvil, the largest made. For a while they did have a 1000 lb anvil in their catalog, but none have ever been found and no records exist that any were ever made.
  9. Sorry for the late response to this thread....the broken support tooth between the jaws was a common problem with Fisher vises. It is from a design flaw in the design of the pattern. Fisher finally eliminated this problem by removing the tooth altogether from the patterns, and just let the screws support everything. If you have not done any repair yet, I would just leave it alone and use the vise as is.
  10. Just found this post, two weeks late. Yes, it looks like 1905 birth date. BTW, the dating was done for their one year warranty on the anvil. No cleanup aside from wire brushing the rust. Then apply any light oil to keep it from oxidizing again. Hammer away. Do not grind the face. Just use it! A nice smooth area will soon appear. If you want to learn the history of Fisher & Norris, please consider my book on the history of the company plus lots more. Only available at shop.fishernorris.com. Thanks.
  11. That style of anvil was made by Fisher around 1920. They called them Insonora, which means quiet in Spanish. There are 4 sizes of these in the Fisher Museum.
  12. Added another classic Fisher to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum today. 50 lb, made in 1927. Almost perfect, with some of the factory paint left. Also, in the second photo, you can see where the original oval label was. The one would have had a black and white label, not the orange/black one. It is getting harder to find Fisher anvils in this condition. Grab them when the opportunity strikes.
  13. On the left, nice #5, 50 lb early F&N anvil added to the heard. This style without the cutting table was made in the 1850s only. They have a very nice surface finish. Many of the early Fisher anvils had a surface finish that was rarely duplicated in later anvils. This anvil is almost perfect; there is just some minor chipping on the edge near the hardy hole. The Fisher anvil on the right is a unique piece with the bold eagle logo and USA under it. For more information, please consider my book available at fishernorris.com.
  14. Do not worry about what it looks like under the horn. Fisher anvils are cast upside down. It looks like some slag floated to the top and stayed there while cooling. It will not affect the anvil. The indestructible paint has appeared on a few of my anvils. I have soaked for over a month in Simple Green, and the paint is mostly laughing at it. If some remains, so what. The face of the anvil looks OK as a good user anvil. It will give you years of service.
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