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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. 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!



  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I put this stamp away for safekeeping about 10 years ago, then forgot where. I just found it. Just in time to get into the book. Missing a few letters, but mostly there. This was used to imprint the molding sand to get the name onto Fisher anvil stands.
  6. Yes, I will be hauling up lots of interesting iron, and will have my book on the whole story of Fisher anvils, for sale. I have a lot of work to do in the next 5 months. It will be interesting...
  7. Happy 2020 to everyone out there in Anvil Land. A few old Fish to mark the new year from the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum.
  8. Hi, hate to bother you.  there is a thread on one of the FN vises. Maybe you could shed some light on the subject. 



  9. No line needed. I will have enough printed. Lets get this discussion back to Fisher anvils.
  10. Thanks for the offers but I do not know costs yet. I will be able to fund it.
  11. jlp.....I explain the process as well as I can interpret what was done in my book, along with factory photos. It would take a long time to explain it all. My book will be done soon, printed, and ready by the ABANA event near Saratoga in June. Hope to meet you then.
  12. No, that is a different one. This one came on a Fisher stand. I bought the two just for the stand. The stand now has a 100 FARS Fisher anvil on it. This anvil is just a curiosity now. I might JB weld it together, paint it, and incorporate it into a brick wall or a gate. Just thinking of possible uses in the future.
  13. Interesting picture of a broken Fisher anvil. Split right at the hardy hole. Examining the break shows the anvil had very poor quality iron. It was bound to break at some point. It is unusual to have the broken piece together with the anvil. The small piece is usually lost.
  14. F&N shut down 12/61 due to family reasons, but mostly because State of NU condemned two square blocks of Trenton to expand the parking and state buildings. Everything in that area was destroyed. Crossley had the foundry and was able to continue production of their products.