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  1. No thoughts as to the going rate per pound for an anvil these days? I had always heard anything over $5 per pound was high, but, then again, years ago perhaps $1 or $2 per pound was high. Perhaps this is the going rate these days, or maybe this auction was an anomaly?
  2. I have two nice Peter Wright Anvils I purchased a few years ago for about $3.50 a pound. An auction at East Earl Pennsylvania had several anvils, and 4 were Peter Wrights. No buyer's premium as the auction house doesn't charge it and there was no sales tax as it was on site. I was hoping to snag a few more for under $4.00 a pound, no such luck. Maybe since I purchased mine in September 2018, there has been an upward trend, but this seems unlikely. The first was 112 lbs (auctioneer stated 110 lbs), hammered at $600, or $5.36 per pound. I would have paid a little more per pound for thi
  3. I finally purchased a new copy, at seventy two and change including shipping which is a good price these days and might easily be replicable. (Sorry, seven key and sometimes eight key not working). There is a seller that has these regularly for seventy nine dollars plus $5.20 shipping which is slightly more than the eighty + price on Amazon as shipped. A bit more than I wanted to pay, was hoping to find one auctioned in a regular auction on eBay. As it turns out there was one at the time (last evening) at a bid of $62 with $5 + shipping. Bid now exceeds my total cost before shipping (Now a
  4. From my posts on Sunday, is my dating of these two anvils correct?
  5. That makes a lot of sense. For me, the 150 to 200 lb range seems "about right".
  6. Wow! Thank you. I might just take you up on that offer.
  7. One more thing... Based on these markings, I think the top anvil dates from eighteen 52 to 90 and the bottom one between eighteen 30 and 52. Correct? (Sorry eight key not working). I need to get a copy of Anvils in America. Anyone know where to find a copy at a decent price? Next, a cone anvil and then I can forge. Actually can forge without the cone anvil but will save my pennies and eventually get one.
  8. I took better images of the markings on these anvils. Not great photographs but better than the other ones.
  9. Yes of course! Both say PETER WRIGHT. The one in the foreground English hundredweight 1 2 19. One in the background 1 1 12. Much better than 24 hours. Forty lots apart, more like half an hour apart. Photographs not the best...
  10. What is the most desirable weight for an anvil? I have generally heard the heavier the better, but a friend of mine who knows just enough about blacksmithing to be dangerous said the smaller ones are more desirable. Having seen a 502 pound anvil bring $3100 today at auction (and drooling the whole time, LOL!), I suspect the heavier the better. Weight was not discussed as to the desirability or a "sweet spot" with regards to weight (not too heavy, not too light, if this even matters) in the beginner's guide to anvils thread in this section of the forum.
  11. Not sure how to do a "like" on this forum, but if I could "like" on this forum I would--three thumbs up! I am very much a beginner but I actually thought some day I might actually make this back and the cost is relatively irrelevant as it might pay itself back over time--as I raised my bid card TWICE and purchased two Peter Wright angels at auction earlier today. One being 152 lbs, the other 13 lbs shy of 200 lbs. At $525 for the first one and $650 for the second one--no buyer's premium or sales tax, they were both around $3.50 a pound. I'll take that--all day long! My thread was
  12. I will have to be more diligent about this. I start to seriously search for one, as well as other implements, and then I get swamped at work. Retirement has a lot going for it.
  13. Working way too many hours lately. Still haven't bought a decent anvil. Any trends lately? Used to be $2 to $4 a pound for a decent anvil until Forged in Fire drove up prices to insane levels. Any pullback lately?
  14. Yes you are correct. Any of the aforementioned would work for me. I never buy anything new, except for underwear and food, so vintage always work best. Other threads suggest that Peter Wright anvils have virtually unparalleled quality. So, wanting to get the best I can afford suggests but does not imply it must be, a London pattern/Peter Wright anvil. This last paragraph in bold as I did not figure out how to shut off italics and now am writing in bold. Nothing in bold here warrants such.
  15. No, not in a hurry. Generally, with some patience, I can usually desired vintage tool or firearm at reasonably low price...with patience. Stands to reason the same might be true of said London pattern anvil. It was stated that I do not need such an anvil, in another thread, I think. This is correct. But I desire one. Why not do it right, as this will outlast me and is something someone who served in the War of Northern Aggression might once have used. Since it is not a massive capital outlay and I won't need to repeat regularly.....why not do it right?
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