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  1. The weight is stamped under the Arm&Hammer

    The serial # will be on the front ledge of the feet. 

    Use as is unless you have time to read up on the Gunter repair as was said. 

    You only really need a flat spot the size of a hammer face. You could use a piece of forklift tine or similar if you need really flat. 


  2. A kit option would be great, it would take a ton of legwork and guess work out of building a press. Motor/pump/cylinder/controls and that's it.

    You can by Batson's book and all that info is in it. Then it's easy to source the parts from Northern Tool or Parker etc. I can't imagine there is enough markup in a kit to make it worthwhile.

  3. It's a 180# Arm & Hammer, 220# cast iron stand. Bought for $250 from the widow of the man shown. Originally I was just helping her sell it. Suggested $1000 for the pair and she sold it to me for $250 because she said she wanted it to go to someone who would love it like her husband did. 

  4. When I first started forging I bought my 300# Fisher and swage block from a guy who had one of these for $100. I chose the swage over the vise and dearly regret it today. 

    I too am green with envy. I would love one of these for forging animal heads and other tasks. 


  5. I got the copy from Lindsay Technical Books back a decade or two ago; my wife asked what I wanted for Christmas and I took one of their catalogs and marked a bunch of cheap books and said "get me one of these".  She bought me all of them!

    The book says "Stanford Jr College"  so it's NOT more likely for the University proper.  Many universities had a "Jr college" associated with them; shoot I had a friend that got a 2 year Ag degree from Yale!  Being in 1917 they cover using wrought iron for their projects as well as mild steel and so of interest to me.

    It is from Stanford University. Not a Jr College...


  6. They are great vises. The 6" I bought for holding stakes while raising copper dishes. 

    The 4" will go on my lower bench in the shop to hold a knife vise so that I can swivel the knife vise around to do file work and hand sanding. 



  7. Charles Parker / Parker / Chas. Parker: They are famous for the shape of the jaws on their machinist vises. The jaw shape allows for more complete access to the workpiece being clamped. 


    Some history on the company and Charles Parker himself: 

    "The Meriden Enterprise Center is a large manufacturing plant that is home to over 60 businesses, located in the center of Connecticut.

    The plant was the former home of companies such as the Charles Parker company, known for the manufacture of the Springfield rifle and the development of one of the early repeating rifles in the mid- nineteenth century. Charles Parker was born in 1809 and rose from poverty to become one
    of Connecticut’s leading industrialists. He also became the city of Meriden's first mayor. He started his manufacturing career inventing and producing coffee mills in a small shop in 1832.

    By 1860, he owned several large factories and employed hundreds of people, in and around Meriden. Parker products included hardware and house wares, flatware, clocks, lamps, piano stools and benches, vises, coffee mills, industrial machinery, and, after 1862, guns. Guns, however, never
    amounted to more than 10 percent of Parker’s business. Charles Parker died in 1901 and his descendants carried on his businesses until 1957. The Great Depression of the 1930s took its toll on the Parker enterprise and it never fully recovered. Parker products have now become “collector’s items,” especially the Parker shotguns. The Charles Parker Company sold its gun facility and the rights to the Parker gun
    to Remington Arms Company in 1934, and Remington continued the Parker shotgun line until World War II.
    The attraction by collectors to the Parker shotgun comes because of the gun’s inherent quality and beauty.
    The Parker gun is an American classic". 

    Copied from the Garagejournal.com

  8. Looks pretty good. I have two Chas Parkers, a 956 that is 120# and an 80# 994 swivel. It took me about 4 years to find them for a reasonable price. Found both of mine in the last month. 



  9. I picked this up two weeks ago at a garage sale. It has 1-1/2" jaws, a 1/2" "anvil" and a working spring. It's a nicely forged little tool.
    Just a little smaller than my 110# 6" Peter Wright leg vise.
    I cannot find any info on the mfg. THB & Co or something like that. It looks German how they have a large plate on the lower half.



  10. Picked this anvil up for $250 including the stand, 6 nice pairs of tongs, a cross pien hammer and 4 steak turners.

    A former co-worker saw it and asked the customer if she would sell it and he gave me her number after she said yes.

    I told her $1 a pound would be a "family" price, and that most anvils like this go from $2-4 a pound. She talked it over with her sons and decided $250 was my price.

    I'm looking forward to forging on it this weekend.
    I believe it has slightly better rebound than my 150# Fisher and equal to my 300# Fisher. Hopefully bedding it in some caulk helps the ring. I'm spoiled with my Fishers quiet thwack.

    Here is her husband some years back. She said he was a smith on a historical farm in New York in the sixties. She forgot the details.