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  1. I think Black Frog has nailed it. I have had and used many many anvils over the years. I like a large anvil and currently use 3 anvils over 300lbs in my shop. That being said the one I use for everything requiring detailed work is my 330lb Refflinghaus(south German style). The reason is pretty simple; the flat horn and the side shelf make detail work so much easier while having a broad face and really nice round horn. As you can see from the picture it resides in between my much larger anvils which also have their purposes but if I had to only have one anvil it would be the Refflinghaus.
  2. Kinda hard to tell but it looks like a colombian anvil. Pictures that are a little clearer would help a lot. The only other manufacturer that used a triangle was West manufacturing.
  3. Thomas Powers is right, I would try to mount it so it could be used in either direction, As mentioned most anvils smaller than about 250lbs have a face that is narrower than 5in. If the rebound is as good as you indicate I would like to be able to use the horizontal face for laying out and working on longer pieces plus you have holes already drilled which could used as pritchel holes. I don't know that there is a right or wrong way.
  4. Sisco anvils were made in Sweden by Soderfors and are solid cast steel. They are very fine anvils probably some of the best ever made. Transporting it depends a lot on how big it is. I would imaging if the anvil is below 200 lbs your car could handle it about as well as it would a 200 lb human. If it is larger your problem still isn't the ability of the car its the problem of loading and unloading it. I have loaded and moved a 350 lb anvil in the back of my wife's subaru and the only real problem I had was convincing her that it wouldn't ruin her car,
  5. Southern anvils were ASO cast iron. Most looked like that one in a few hours.
  6. As Frog said that is a reasonable price given today's market particularly for the condition. I have seen Arm and Hammer anvils of smaller size go for a lot more.
  7. From your pictures, I can't really tell if the top plate is there or has been lost. What kind of rebound do you get using a ball bearing?
  8. Actually a belt sander works far better than an angle grinder. It helps keep the face more even.
  9. Hmm - It looks as if the top plate is missing? I have never seen a Hay Budden with that much sway.
  10. I have seen Fred's collection and there is no cutler's anvil in his HB's. As well I have never seen one in any other place. It is undoubtedly very rare.
  11. American Star anvils were only made for a short period of time in the 1800's. They are constructed like the Fisher anvils with a steel top plate on a cast iron body. It wouldn't really be advisable to try to fix the top but they are good anvils and yours should work quite well as is.
  12. JHM are ok anvils but if I were going to spend that much money I'd look at the Rhino anvils http://www.incandescent-iron.com/rhan.html I'm not a salesman for them or related to them but I was super impressed with the quality and rebound.
  13. It looks like an Austrian style anvil, I have one that is similar. There were a number of European makers including German and Swedish.
  14. The anvil is still on the Austin Craigslist site and there aren't any better pictures of it so it could be any one of many early German makers.
  15. Actually there are getting to be more collectors just as there are more folks wanting to get into blacksmithing. Most collectors only have a few anvils, less than 250 as Thomas asked but they spend a lot for a special anvil like very small ones. even more so than the really big ones. There is a sort of net work among the really big collectors who help one another get rarer anvils. When I've talked to Fred he has told me of collectors in other states that he regularly contacts. I have met or talked to a few of those other collectors and they have anywhere from a few dozen really choice anvils to many hundreds. Some will spend any amount for those special anvils and they can afford to buy them. I guess its like any other collectors like rare baseball cards or coins.