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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The serial number located on the front right base is used to date Trenton anvils. They made lots of different weights.
  4. Nice anvil. Do NOT grind the torch marks. They will not be in the way of any work you will do.
  5. If you have any specific questions about the anvil, I will try to answer them. So far you have gotten good advise. Remove the paint, wire wheel it, then let's see what you have. Do not get too aggressive with a grinder or sanding disc. Slight casting flaws under the horn and heel are of no concern. Eventually if you want to learn about the history of the company, look up fishernorris.com to get the link to my new book.
  6. New addition to the Fisher & Norris Museum: 50 lb Fisher, no markings, made in the late 40s/early 50s. This anvil has never been used. Note the factory grind marks on the face. Learn all about why this was not marked in my book on the History of Fisher & Norris. Scroll up to find the link for ordering.
  7. Rare Fisher item from the Museum. 3" square stake made by F&N with the original wooden pattern. This was made sometime in the 1860s/1870s. Remember my book is available.
  8. Fishers are great anvils. When you find a good one, it will be a lifetime anvil, and beyond for many generations. If you love your Fisher anvil, you will love to read the story of the company that produced them. Link to find and buy my book: shop.fishernorris.com.
  9. Your order will go out this morning. Spread the word. Thanks.
  10. Thanks. You will enjoy the book.
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. Printer promised deliver tomorrow, May 12. I am waiting conformation right now.
  14. 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 th
  15. According to Anvils in America, made approx 1910.
  16. If you post photos and dimensions, I will try to help you. Also, check out "Fisher & Norris Factory Museum".
  17. 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.
  18. It is a Trenton Brand anvil, made in Ohio. 150 lb. According to AIA, made approx. 1913.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 inqu
  21. Thomas Powers Please so not comment on my posts! Your crude attempts at humor are poor at best.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Visit the museum to see a few hundred, including many factory fresh anvils.
  25. They came all ways. Even though Fisher anvils were cast from a pattern, there are very few that are identical.
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