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About njanvilman

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    Fisher & Norris Factory Museum Curator

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    New Jersey
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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. Hay Budden 200lb

    According to Anvils in America, Late 1912 - Early 1913.
  2. Trenton 104# what’s it worth

    If the anvil passes the rebound test, and has no hidden damage, buy it. Remember, if you can haul it, you will save $$. And what is your time worth. If this anvil will suit you, buy it. Trying to save a few bucks now and having to spent lots of time hunting for another is what you also have to consider.
  3. Dating Fisher Anvil

    Most 1870's Fisher anvils only had the Eagle logo. A few had FN under the horn, standing for Fisher & Norris, the original owners of the company. They did the FN on some anvils from the late 1860's to 1879.
  4. Dating Fisher Anvil

    Straight horn FISHER anvil, proud Eagle with the Naval Anchor. Your anvil was made between 1871 and 1879.
  5. Fisher anvil, made in 1896, in Trenton, NJ. Rough shape: missing mounting lugs, the steel plate originally on the horn, the back part of the anvil from the hardy hole. The anvil obviously had a very hard life. But I am sure lots of things got made and repaired using it. Since the anvil has a family history, to you it is priceless. I would make a brass tag and stamp in its provenance and glue it to the anvil. History is often forgotten over the generations.
  6. Adding pictures would make all the difference in the world.
  7. Old or New?

    Buying through EBAY is OK, despite what some people thiink. EBAY/UK has lots of anvils, cheap compared to the states. And if you can retrieve the anvil yourself, you will save on the shipping costs. I have bought many here in the states, and the shipping cost is added into the cost of the anvil. I have never had a problem with any anvil bought that way. A nice old style anvil would fit the "look" too, if you plan on ever doing demos.
  8. Another Trenton anvil ID

    Your anvil is from 1902. The 85 means it was about 85 lb when forged. Made in Ohio.
  9. Fisher

    Got any photos?
  10. Fisher

    I have never seen any Fisher anvils dated 1943 - 1948, or any dated 1952 to 1961. I suspect this anvil and several that I have that have similar markings are from these years. If anyone has a Fisher dated during these years, please post a photo and include the date mark.
  11. Fisher

    Do you have any photos of your anvil you could post?
  12. Fisher

    Your anvil does have the short factory radius on the edge. Nice anvil. Is there a date or code under the heel?
  13. Fisher

    No gov't markings. It was saved from scrap by an Air Force serviceman 8 years ago in its original crate. Too bad the crate was lost over time. It was never used or unpacked before the gentlemen saved it from the scrap bin.
  14. Fisher

    Newest addition to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum: 100 lb Fisher/Crossley anvil, made in 1978. 100 point anvil. It has never been used. US military surplus. There is still some of the cosmoline grease on it. This anvil has the mounting lugs on the ends of the legs, a change made on 100 lb anvils in the late 1970's. Crossley ended anvil production at the end of 1979.
  15. The moldmakers job probably depended on getting the mold right, and turning out a good product. Defective anvils cost the company money in lost production or a defective product being returned.