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Henry Irving

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  1. Why don’t you contact the Blacksmith Guild of Western Maryland. They are almost next door to you in Boonsboro. The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland is not much farther in Westminster.
  2. British Blacksmith Rowan Taylor posted some YouTube videos on recreating the Brown Bess bayonet. You may wish to check them out.
  3. Two days into the vinegar bath this is what the chain looks like. All links still don’t swivel freely so it’s going back into the bath for another two days.
  4. No, Sir, I did not. Each group of 2 links have a connecting pin which seemed to me would provide the continuity. I suppose there was enough rust to prevent that.
  5. Folks, thank y’all for the replies. I can see that the current isn’t passing through the chain though it seems to have as much contact with the black lead as the handle did. Anyway it is now soaking in vinegar as Thomas suggests. Thanks again.
  6. I’m having a challenge with my early efforts in electrolysis. If you view the attached photo you will see that I’ve managed to clean the handle of my pipe wrench but I’ve had no success in cleaning the chain. What am I doing wrong?
  7. Thanks for the replies. It's just an experiment for the fun of it. A low cost functional anvil. And, Frosty, I assure you I didn't and won't damage the Swede.
  8. Had the opportunity to try out a new anvil this last weekend. While it doesn't have the rebound of the Swede it's sitting on, it is quite serviceable. Better yet, it's more easily transported. Looking forward to using this anvil more.
  9. Thought y'all might like to see where Mr. Salter forge welded this thing together. Apologies in advance if the last image doesn't come across whole.
  10. Tom Koluch of the Jerusalem Mill forge made this courting candle from a lawn mower blade.
  11. Would those who volunteer at historic forges please share your volunteer policies/handbooks. We’re trying to revise ours at Jerusalem Mill in Kingsville, MD. Thanks.
  12. Why don't you check out the Members Marketplace of the British Artist Blacksmiths Assoc. newsletter. You may find an affordable anvil there, and perhaps, near you.
  13. Iron Dwarf, That you and the Copper Elf have visited Sheffield foundries and know a little about them and their products is precisely why I'm going to mine y'all for all the information I can get. I have no primary sources other than the two colonial anvils I own and one of them doesn't have any discernible marks. Of course I have Anvils in America but that is only a starting point and further investigation is always warranted. Postman refers to your 5th foot by both terms, i.e. foot and toe (see page 14). If he designated the S a makers mark I missed it. He thought it meant Sheffield (AIA, pg. 16), hence my question about how broadly it was used. Anvilfire.com says this, "The S anvils have several unique features that mark them as coming from the same British manufacturer. Face slope, rectangular handling holes and the bold fifth foot." Anvilfire doesn't name the company, but if that manufacturer is Alsop, so be it. I have not seen a sufficiently large sample of these wonderful anvils to draw a reliable conclusion and defer to y'all.
  14. I appreciate everyone who has replied. Copper Elf, may I ask what points to Alsop as the manufacturer? Is the S above the 5th toe common to all or most manufacturers from Sheffield in the 18th century? And yes, the face slopes toward the 5th toe. Curiously the face broadens from about 5 1/2 inches near the bick to about 6 inches at the heel.
  15. It's not like I really needed another anvil, but.... I picked this 5th toe colonial up around York, PA, today. It overweighted a 232 lb capacity scale and is in my opinion in excellent condition. I have long thought most colonial anvils were somewhere on the order of 100 lbs. If this assumption is correct, does anyone have an educated guess on what this anvils early life may have looked like? Dimensions are 13 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 10 1/2" tall. Heel to tip of horn is 19 3/4".
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