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  1. Well, my son figured it out. It is a Henry Wright. The '...RY' makes sense. The 'ENGLAND' makes sense. The '204' pounds weight makes sense. The 'shelf' feet make sense. The flat bottom makes sense. Check check check check and check. Problem solved. Thanks, all! (Henry Wright was apparently an imitator of Peter Wright, forging out of Dudley. Couldn't keep up with PW, who filed a complaint against him for patent infringement, or similar. Produced anvils between 1840s and 1914, I think? Similar 98#er attached here, for comparison.) Anyway. We got a good deal on a forged British hunk of iron. AND, we have a massive black locust trunk to mount it on. A good day's work.
  2. Yes, pounds. But generally marked in hundredweight, quarter-hundredweight, and pounds. At least Peter Wright/ Mouse Hole, Sanderson, Hill, etc are marked that way. My guess: Peter Wright copy, from somewhere in England, a couple hundred years ago or less. Sure is cleaning up nice with the wire brush. Thanks!
  3. Hi there - just picked up an old local 204-pounder, at a decent price. Trying to identify. Clues so far: 1) Weight is in *pounds, not stone, at '204' (which means it's American, not European, correct?); 2) It has stamped markings, which means forged steel/ wrought iron, not cast, correct? 3) Extra little step/ledge around the feet (which I assume is common to a certain maker or area); 4) Extra handling hole between the feet in front; 5) Kind of a narrow V-shape between the feet - less rounded/ spread than some; 6) A number "6" stamped into the rear right-hand foot (assuming someone's Model/Number '6' anvil?); 7) We can make out an 'OL' above the '204,' which we are guessing is part of 'SOLID WROUGHT,' like you'd see on a Trenton or Hay Budden; 8) Also maybe an 'ENGLAND' above that. (So there goes my American theory?) Will try to post pics that show marks. 9) Bottom is dead flat, except for handling hole. 10) We think it may have been double-stamped. There is a fainter '204' above the main one, a fainter 'ENGLAND' above, and so on. Also, possibly an 'RY' at the end of the maker's name, up top. And there is a hint of a ring (double ring) around the whole stamp. All of it maddeningly faint. Best guess: we are looking at a British Peter Wright knockoff (maybe they started using pounds for weight instead of hundredweight fractions, at some point)? Not Hay or Trenton, if British, of course, maybe closer to a Sanderson or Hill, but not them? Any thoughts/help much appreciated. Thanks! Rolf and Hannu in MA