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  1. That is one clean anvil! I know this is a blacksmithing site but I'd love to see a picture of what I assume to be an ore cart pictured in the background.
  2. Stamped into the anvil on the side opposite the Fisher logo, "FISHER & NORRIS", "259", and "CAST STEEL". There is also what looks like the letter "E" lying on it's back, cast into the anvil just above the foot, on the one short side. I was unable to find a date on the anvil.
  3. @ Timothy Miller, I just printed the HB catalog from the pdf posted above.. Using the "BOOKLET" setting on my printer (and carefully following the instructions) I got a nice copy of your catalog. Thanks so much for sharing. Alan
  4. http://books.google.com/books?id=_BtbAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA374&lpg=PA374&dq=matching+top+and+bottom+swage&source=bl&ots=mtyVnP_M42&sig=S599PD6RSpiq9tyQRTeC2ejw6aE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GZuKUvmYHcPt2QXe-4GQBg&ved=0CFMQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=matching%20top%20and%20bottom%20swage&f=false Refer to page 373, figure 3. it's picture "e" . It's gives a pretty good explanation of how the hardy tool is used.
  5. My knowledge about anvils is limited. From the castings marks front and back, this anvil appears to be "cast". I also see no indication of a top plate having been forge welded onto it. With the exception of the number "1" stamped into the one side, there are no markings anywhere. The anvil does have good rebound, around 75-80%, and rings when struck, though not as high pitched as say a Peter Wright. I suspect the anvil is American made and at least 70 years old, maybe older. Was there an American company that made 100% cast steel anvils? My research turned up Trenton anvils usually h
  6. Timothy Miller, I'm not that familiar with star drill swages. I assumed they were shaped like the end of the star drill itself. How would the tool that I have be used to straighten or sharpen a star drill? Any pictures or other information would be appreciated. Thanks, Alan.
  7. John B, I stand corrected! Check out the link Harri posted. Thanks, Harrii, for putting this one to bed for us!
  8. Foot powered sewing machines were common in their day, but I'm not sure there was ever a hand crank sewing machine.
  9. I've no idea what the tool was used for, but I did find the handle interesting. First off, the handle can pivot, and also it is offset (not straight). It would appear when the handle is as shown in the photos, when turning it would have more torque. Now flip the handle 180 degrees and when turned would it not be easier to rotate faster, but with less torque? The more I look at it I think the offset in the handle is merely so it doesn't hit the raised part of the smaller gear thingy as it turns. The prong thingy attached to the smaller gear looks to be replaceable. Maybe that was so different
  10. The slots are 9/16 inches deep. They are 3/16, 1/4 and 3/8 inches wide. Any help would be appreciated. Alan
  11. @ Marksnagel, "Either way, you got a steel. Pun intended." Now that made me laugh!
  12. Jim Coke and Socal Dave, I'm not familiar with the making of collars or even what they are. Could you walk me through it? I do appreciate your input. Alan Steve Sells, an interesting idea, and it certainly would work for making offsets. Thanks, Alan.
  13. Yes, those square posts have me scratching my head as well!
  14. I suspect this hardy tool is used for bending hot metal but I'm not sure. Any information on it would be greatly appreciated.
  15. b100, that is one cool vise! None of my business but how much was the seller asking for it? Alan
  16. Kyotie 11, Nice to see another metalmangler from Utah! I learned pretty quickly that most of these guys who post of this website know ALOT about blacksmithing and are usually more than willing to share their knowledge. Let me know if you are looking for any particular tools or equipment, as I have an extensive inventory. Alan
  17. Illinois Iron and Bolt Co., Carpentersville, Illinois manufactured Vulcan anvils with arm and hammer logo from about 1875 until about 1969*. Looking closely at the paper label remnant I can make out "CARPENTERSVILLE".
  18. I recently bought a 140# Vulcan anvil. I was impressed by its overall good condition, but was surprised to find a partial paper sticker still attached to the body of the anvil. The word "Illinois" can be seen on the sticker and since Vulcan anvils were made by "Illinois Iron & Bolt Co.", I believe the paper sticker would have been attached to the anvil when it was first sold. Just thought it was interesting and by the way, the lady I bought it from was not the original owner of the anvil.
  19. Last Saturday I drove 300 miles round trip to buy an old Champion electric blower with motor and rheostat. The guy I was dealing with had only taken one picture of the unit and wasn't able to give me any more information about it. I was hoping it was a 220 volt motor, but it turned out to be a 110 volt. Rheostats are resistance devices, they cause a voltage drop, enabling the motor's speed to be increased or decreased. Thus the airflow to the forge can be precisely controlled. I'm in the market for a 220 volt rheostat, if anyone has one they would sell or trade me for what I have, send me a
  20. Thanks, Vaught T, I'm driving into Idaho today to buy and old rheostat that will control the motor speed. Not sure, but it MAY be an old Champion rheostat that's hooked to a Champion Electric blower. Round trip around 500 miles but worth it! Alan
  21. I recently fell into a blacksmithing "honey hole". I bought all the seller had, which included 2 forge blowers, an anvil, two large buckets full of hardy tools and he threw in these four items. I'm guessing they are "hand made" since there's no markings on them, but they are well made. Were they used in some swageing process, perhaps to curl the edge of metal? Any help identifying these tools would be greatly appreciated.
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