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    Silversmithing using pure Silver to make Jewelry and Pocket watch Chains, Blacksmithing, Pocket Watches, Old Mechanical Machines like typewriters and clocks, Great food and Travel. Favorite color is Clear :)

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  1. Yes very quiet anvils. Known as the “city anvil” which means no loud ring or noise while forging. And still a great anvil. I have a Trenton with great ring and rebound. And almost all my projects involve me using both. To back up Irondragon. Do not clean it up. Just use it. Nothing but a wire wheel at most.
  2. I bought my Vulcan for about $0.85 cents a pound. But I met a blacksmith who favored me. I have seen them go for $3.00 to $5.50 a pound at auction. I have Vulcan is the 1890 version of a harbor freight anvil. No real ring or superb rebound. I own one though and love it. Your pics look to be in good condition.
  3. is the handle 2 pieces? like a knife handle might be?
  4. A Hay Budden 10# anvil sold eBay last month for over $5000.00. That's one expensive apple, or ugh, anvil.
  5. I frequently check Sites Like eBay, and Letgo. Maybe a bit Cheesy, but you can sometimes find people who are close to your location or a fun road trip away. A 100# England Anvil was listed on Ebay a day ago, In OHIO, and the guy said he'd meet half way up to 200 miles.
  6. According to Anvils in America page 358, starting around 1907 on Trenton Anvils the Hour Glass Depression on the bottom was replaced by and Oval Depression, which yours has the Oval. Also, around 1909 the Handling Holes are no longer used. So that would possibly put yours around or after that time. I hope that helps. And the value IMO, is .. What is it worth to you. I sure someone out there has a real value assessment for you, but what I am finding it comes down to more than just a dollar per pound price. I have talked to a few blacksmiths who prefer Quieter anvils, which are generally considered lesser quality. Somewhere on this site I read that Vulcan is the vintage Harbor Freight of Anvils. I love my Vulcan, and I just seen one sell for $6.00 a pound. I paid less than $1.00 per pound for mine. I also have a 129# Trenton anvil and paid just shy of $3.00 a pound at an auction. Another Trenton Anvil identical to mine went up for bid before the one won went up for bid. For some reason that 120 to 130# Trenton Sold for $650.00. Happy Metal pounding to you.
  7. nice looking anvil, happy metal pounding. and value can be deceptive, wether you paid a little or a lot, sometimes you buy what you can when you can, and use it whenever you can...its yours . got lucky on my first anvil, a well used Vulcan for about 90 cents a pound. no ring of course but I don't have to worry about blowing out my ears when striking.
  8. Thank You for your replies and pictures. I love finding out the history of the older anvils. I wonder what the Backwards B is about. I assume this Early Trenton is also a DERBY like the one posted pics of.
  9. Thank for your replies. Does a first year production Trenton, place it some where in the dates I mentioned? (1900). And would it be a correct assumption that first/early years means an import? Black Frog one more question if I may, cuz you very certain, what about the anvil makes it an easy distinction from the PW's with similar characteristics?
  10. Hello, I am looking for help with Identifying this Anvil and Year. So far research, which includes talking to a 2 Blacksmiths and of course consulting AIA, has turned up some info, but conflicting. The 4 handling holes and step on the front foot would tend to lean towards a Peter Wright. However Trenton Anvils also used a 4 hole handling design around years 1900 to 1907. But it seems the Flat bottom was only used on Large Trenton Anvils. the 129 definitely is the weight in pounds not kg's. Trenton Used an "A" in the serial number and on the Front right foot like this one has. I have no idea what the "O" or " ZERO" is meant to represent on the front left foot. A page from the AIA holy grail made a one liner mention of DERBY being a company that would have had the Anvil made for them around 1900 to 1901. It seems as though another company possibly comes into play...Columbus Forge and Iron Company. Apparently CF & IC made anvils for Hardware stores and other Brand names, but on most of those the Trenton logo is still visible or noticeable somewhere. On this anvil there is no other visible marking other than what the pictures show. Besides all that it has a nice ring and descent hammer rebound. I was hoping the Farrier Clip horn would help with identifying however AIA shows PW and Trenton making a Steak design Horn with a Farrier Clip step in very similar positioning. Any ways, any help is help full and much appreciated. BTW paid $350.00 for the Anvil at an Auction. At this Auction was one right next to it that looked exactly the same, but had the Trenton logo on it. that one sold for $650.00. Thank you again for your help and or comments.
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    This is a 3 pound Bell Systems Hammer That I did some engraving on. Complete with My artist signature/emblem, and Viking symbol for storm.