I received my grandfather’s anvil that I plan to use. Family lore has that this came from the Buffalo ship yard and was used for making / cutting chain.
After some cleaning up with a wire brush and a lot of reading on this forum, I think it’s a Trenton. I know it weighs 200 pounds (checked with a scale) and the best I can make out the serial number is 162013 or 182013 (it was very hard to get a decent pic that showed the stamping). if someone would be kind enough to verify its make and to let me know about when it was produced, I would be very appreciative.
The face and horn have a lot of chisel marks and the horn has what looks like a deep torch cut. I know better than to grind the face and I think it will clean up with use. My concern is what should I do (if anything) with the horn? My initial thought is to fill the hole with weld but before doing that, I thought it might be better to ask for guidance.
I’ve used it a little bit on a make shift stand so I think I have it at a height I like. So, my next step its more cleaning, coat it with boiled linseed oil and build a nice stable stand to mount it.