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  1. Flynn

    Post Vise ID

    I had thought the riveted plate was more common with German-made post vises, but that's based on very limited information. Either way, I love the look of this one and was excited to find it.
  2. Flynn

    Post Vise ID

    Interesting! I had not thought of that, but it's certainly possible. I need to get it cleaned up so I can see if there are any other markings. So far this is it though.
  3. Flynn

    Post Vise ID

    Hi folks, I just picked up this one and I'm about to start cleaning it up. Anyone ever seen or heard of this maker before? It's a new one for me and I've not been able to find any history on it. J.B.Piron
  4. Yep, Blackjack was one of the labels made by Hay Budden. Hope you had a great weekend!
  5. Hey Frosty, you're right about being patient. I was mostly kidding, but now realize that had no way to come through. I was just surprised when I hadn't seen anything before now and commented without thinking. This one is for sale online and I don't have access to better pics. I love the history and construction methods of anvils. And after some sleep and fresh eyes, I can make out that it says ****FACTUR*NG, which confirms for me that it's a Hay Budden. Thanks and have a wonderful day with your family!
  6. Man, nobody has a guess? No one at all???
  7. I'm starting to feel back for only remembering to come back over here when I have an anvil I can't identify. I'll try to do better about that! But here's one I'm stumped on. I've left the photo with the lettering full sized to help with identification. Mods can re-size it if that's not ok. At first I thought it said Blackjack, but now it looks more like Facturass. I have no idea. Sadly I don't have any more photos or information, this is from an online auction. My gut says it's a rebranded Hay Budden with that high waist and the shape of the base of the horn, but I can't find any record of markings that would match up. Thanks in advance for any ideas. -Flynn img (2).jfif
  8. Interesting, good ideas! The confusing part to me is that the jaws are obviously made to hold something nearly flat, not a large piece like you'd use a power hammer for. So maybe large sheet work.
  9. So I picked up about 6 tongs in a lot the other day. Two of them are very large, almost 4 feet long. Here are the jaws: Any ideas on what these were used for? I’ve not seen any before. Thanks!
  10. I am right with you, George... A few weeks ago I was minutes late to get a 242# Hay Budden anvil, and the guy that beat me to it had no intention of using it. He wasn't even a flipper, he just thought they were cool and wanted to display it in his man-cave. Broke my heart, it was a beautiful anvil. Oh, yeah. And the nice lady only wanted $300 for it.
  11. I absolutely get it, Frosty. For me I am a hobby smith and make different things as I'm inspired to do so, but my real passion is collecting old rusty tools and repairing/cleaning them up to be used again. Learning all the history of my tools is what gives me the fizz if you know what I mean. I know it's not important as the usability of the anvil, the history just what makes me happy about having a tool that is centuries old. I'm hoping to have a call with the current owners that bought out Butt's & Ordway and maybe getting the anvil back to them for a display in the storefront. If it were my storefront, I would think that would just be the coolest thing in the world. Or heck, apparently they make hydraulic presses. Maybe they'd like to arrange a trade!
  12. IronDragon, I found this comment on another forum in reference to another American Wrought Anvil (Not the Horseshoe label): "That is quite the rarity! According to Anvils in America (the only reference book on anvils), that is a product of the American Wrought Anvil Co. of Brooklyn, New York. The company seems to have been founded in 1899 by Walter Ring, the former Secretary-Treasurer of the Hay-Budden Manufacturing Company, the famous anvil maker from Brooklyn. He apparently had a difference of opinion with Mr. Hay, and started his own company to compete. The company seems to have stopped making anvils around 1911. Mr. Postman, author of Anvils in America, says they are very good anvils. The stamps indicate that one weighed 127 lbs when new. The body is wrought iron, forged from a single block in a closed-die press (Ring patented that in 1908) with a high carbon steel face plate. You can see the line between the iron body and steel face in that picture just to the left of the step. The face is about 3/8" thick. That is the only hard part of the anvil, and it's only hard for about 1/8" deep, so don't mess with it! " I'm still researching to see if I can verify his statements, but haven't gotten there yet. JHCC, the company is still listed on Google Maps with a phone number so I gave them a call. They purchased the Butts & Ordway company at some point and the person I spoke with said that a gentleman name Andy would be very interested in speaking with me. I've left him a voicemail, we'll see if he gets back to me.
  13. You find yourself buying a lot of whatever it is your wife collects (plants, delft vases, etc) because you're afraid to come home without something for her when you've bought another anvil/vise/hammer/hardy tool for yourself.
  14. Just took some more photos of the base. I can't detect any hourglass, but it's rough so it's hard to be 100% certain.
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