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  1. I had one of those and sold it. My research showed that many were given away by Buffalo Forge Salesmen to good customers. I did grill with it to try it out and it worked well. The blowers are the only ones I've seen with the handles on them. Used to pull the grill
  2. The American Star Anvil had a hole in its base up to about the middle of the anvil. It was supposed to help even cooling from the manufacture. Look under it to see if it has the hole. I had an American Star but sold it about 10 years ago to get a larger anvil.
  3. i thought the green giant stands in the corn and peas
  4. I believe he is speaking of one of these, often called a "go devil" Wish I had a nickel for every time I lifted one over my head as I was growing up. Split a lot of wood with it. Dad still heats with wood at 89
  5. thanks rusty anchor i notice no handling holes how were the early trentons made?
  6. Thanks. I had forgotten that A&H anvils had those marks from the forging hammer under the heel. If it is, and the serial number is 1818, that would probably put it in first year of production 1900? Also, could the marks in the middle of the foot be “AH”
  7. Just picked up this little guy around 70-80 pounds 3-inch face by 11-1/2 inches. May be an early Hay Budden or trenton as it has an oval in the bottom. only markings I have found are on the foot so far. There is a "70", an inverted "V" and "1818". If it is a Hay Budden and the serial number is 1818, that's first year of production. Not sure what year if a trenton. Anyone care to opine as to the manufacturer of this little guy? Rebound is not bad at around 85-90% on the face. Thanks in advance for any opinions as to manufacturer.
  8. great vise and looks good too
  9. If you want to learn more about steam whistles, a good reference is "The Engine's Moan: American Steam Whistles" book. I enjoyed reading about it. Frosty, as to dealing with door to door salesmen, my grandmother said if she had one that just wouldn't leave, she'd offer them a spoonful of her "pickled vegetables" to taste......and of course they'd take her up on it. She'd give them a spoonful of fresh ground horseradish (she grew it and made her own paste) and then would not give them any water.....she said, with a twinkle in her eye, that they always left in a hurry and never came back.
  10. I've seen a couple of people mount a tongue vise horizontally for the same reason. It works great for holding while sawing or filing.
  11. If it's an American Star, there should be a hole in the bottom center going to the center of the anvil. The American Star maker said it helped to cool and temper the anvil properly. I had one about 10 years ago and sold it to buy a nicer larger anvil.
  12. I remember reading a fellow that collected steam rollers - he said they were the biggest lawn ornaments he could find.
  13. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Mom's are special.
  14. could be for a magnetic stirrer used to mix chemical solutions. Drop them in the solution to be mixed, and when the stirrer is turned on, it has a magnetic in the base that spins and this makes this one spin. I've got some about 2 inches long. They come in various sizes for various sizes of beakers and other glassware
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