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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. 640 lb custom Fisher, massive horn. Its shown on page 117 in my book. One off, made in 1900, never hit, never used.
  2. It's been too quiet here.....New addition to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum; 1941 F&N 80 lb. anvil. Almost mint! Yes, they are still out there; you just have to patient, have cash on hand, and be a bit lucky. Reminder, see my profile for information about the Fisher book.
  3. Beautiful example of what a Fisher anvil looked like when made. This anvil is a 100 point anvil on the FARS scale. Exactly how it looked when made, before anyone took a hammer or hot steel to it. This 150 lb. Fisher anvil was made in the 1950s, when Fisher was not marking them in the traditional way. It only has the 15 indicating its weight. There are no other markings. The paint is what is left of original paint. To learn more about Fisher & Norris, refer to the book, "The History of Fisher & Norris"
  4. Beautiful example of a Maine made Fisher & Norris anvil. Made between 1843 and 1850, during the year F& N were located in Newport, Maine. This anvil is stamped 129, indicating the weight in lbs. These Maine Fisher's were made very well, and have nice smooth sides. They are increasing hard to find, especially in this condition. This is the most recent addition to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum.
  5. I am seeing A 13847. If that is correct, AIA puts it manufacturing year as 1900. Value is dependent on location, condition, brand, and whether you are looking to buy or sell. There is no set price/pound for these. A lot also depends on how much a buyer wants it, and how bad a seller want to move it along. I get this question all the time in regard to Fisher anvils, and it is the one question I will never answer.
  6. And here I am. Your 0 size anvil was made as a functional piece. Not as a sample. The "Cast Steel" refers to the horn steel plate...they were cast steel. The anvil has steel faces on the horn and body, welded to the cast iron body during the casting process. Mark Fisher figured out how to do this in the 1840s. F&N went on to make over 600,000 or more anvils using this process. The markings of the size sometimes were multiple of 10, but in your anvil it was made as an 8 lb +/- anvil. Your anvil was probably made in the 1870s, or a bit later. If you want to learn more about me, or the Fisher Museum, go to my Profile to see info, and about my book on the company. Any other questions? Picture of the Museum entrance and my book. Located in New Jersey.
  7. I have said the same thing....where have all of these artifacts been for the last _____(Fill in # of years), and what has been made on them and where? I have been fortunate to have been able to find many wonderful pieces, and have a place to display them. Mr. Gxer The swage block shown is a Fisher & Norris made block. They only had a few designs, and yours is one of them. I have a section in my book on pg. 176 -178 on F&N blocks. Pg. 178 shows the pattern and a block here at the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum. Info on my book is in my Profile.
  8. Mr. Gx....Nice find. 400 lb. F&N anvil, in very nice shape. It is getting harder to locate good condition Fishers, but somehow they keep turning up. Enjoy your use of your 105 year old piece. Recent addition to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum, this 1950s era F&N anvil, on a factory stand. This anvil resided in the former owners home for the last 40 years, unused. Originally from the Baltimore City School system, it was surplused out around 1980. It had very light use. The edges are perfect, with only a few hammer marks on the horn. The factory stands are harder to find than the anvils.
  9. I looked for many years before I found the first block to match this pattern. Alas, three month later, I found another. Not in as good of shape as the first one, but no broken parts. Weighs in at 220 lb. 18" x 18" x 4". Please do not hijack this thread with tales of driving distances. Please start your own thread. This posting concerns this Fisher & Norris swage block, not how far you all drive.
  10. The above anvil was NOT made by Fisher. There is no way to know who made it until the "label" is cleaned off.
  11. The collection has this one, a #4 size, and a #1 size. That is it. We do have a lot of the double screw vises, of all three generations.
  12. Fisher & Norris #4 Bench Vise recently added to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum collection. This #4 is the largest of the bench vises produced by F&N. It has 6" jaws, and weighs about 130 lbs. These vise are very rare. The Museum has 2, and I have only seen one more. I am sure there are others out there. This vise was made around 1920. F&N actually made about 30 different styles of the bench vises during this era. More information can be found in my book. Details in my profile.
  13. Road miles - split from another thread Howell Tnsp, about 50 minute drive for you.
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