Ferrous Beuler

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  1. I agree with David Thomas. Emphasis on west coast and north of 200 lbs; the farther west in the U.S. the higher the price. Anvils on the west coast routinely go for much more than in the east. In Alaska and Hawaii anvils of any size and condition are scarcer than hen's teeth and can go for silly prices especially in an auction situation. At 259 lbs you have a rare commodity there in that market. The face does not appear to have been ground any appreciable degree, just polished. $2000 is a fair starting point in California and not exorbitant. If I were selling an anvil in good condition such as yours in California and it was under 200 lbs I would ask $6/lb. Over 200 lbs I would ask $8/lb. Prices have gone up quite a bit on anvils in recent years with blacksmithing being fetured in a few popular television shows and with that interest in the craft and demand for tooling remains high. Don't sell yourself short, ask $2000 with no qualms because that is where the market is. Good luck.
  2. Looks to be in fine shape. Check the rebound (not my video)~ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t0qeuOf4IZ4 Depending on your location you should have no problem turning that into $1000 USD, roughly $4 per pound in the eastern U.S. and more out west where anvils are scarcer, perhaps $1500 or better. The price starts going up considerably when the weight is north of 200 pounds.
  3. Howdy Chelonian, The Barcalounger reclining chair was originally manufactured here in Buffalo, New York. They are still being made today but the company left Buffalo many years ago. Barcalo manufacturing was famous for making a wide range of products such as your wrench but are most well known for their recliners. They are also credited as being the company that invented the employee coffee break in 1902. http://www.insyte-consulting.com/blog/2014/08/made-in-wny-buffalo-gives-birth-to-the-barcalounger/ http://blog.buffalostories.com/buffalo-made-laziness-sloth/
  4. Mel, welcome to IFI. I suggest you take a class at John C. Campbell folk school here in the U.S. if you have the time and the means to get here. A biginer or intermediate class would be best for you, I recomend you request their catalog be sent to you and then select an intermediate blacksmithing class to attend of a one week duration. Good luck! Do you really think a trip over seas is best rather than taking a class more local?
  5. Your dilema is our delight! Will that foundry ship to the U.S.?
  6. Reminds me of when I worked as a carknocker in a local railyard years ago. I grew tired of my tools wandering off and sometimes not coming back so I gave everything a shot of dayglo pink spray paint. Lo and behold my tools stopped wandering. Most of the guys working there were the big burley biker/lumberjack types and they just couldn't bring themselves to be seen wielding a pink torch, etc. LOL. Anyway, about the 400s, both of mine and my Champion 101 post drill are plain cast iron/no paint. I've never seen any that appeared to have old original factory paint remaining on them but plenty sporting new colors applied in modern the era.
  7. Howdy picker, Joey van der Steeg has a good video of about 45 minutes on overhauling the Champion 400 on YouTube at this link~ If the link doesn't show his channel is "Blacksmithing - Joey van der Steeg",you will find it there.
  8. Welcome to IFI Alecsey.Without any stamps it is hard to tell for sure where it was made but it is a German pattern. It has some odd features so someone here may know the maker by those traits. Please include your location by your name, there are blacksmiths from over 100 countries on this forum. Добро пожаловать в МФИ Alecsey.без каких-либо штампов трудно сказать точно, где она была сделана, но немецкий узор. Оно обладает каким-то странным, функций, поэтому кто-то здесь может знать, создатель этих черт. Пожалуйста, укажите ваше местоположение, ваше имя, есть кузнецы из более чем 100 стран в данном форуме.
  9. This Peter Wright dating thing keeps coming back up again and again from a couple weeks ago so I'll put my 2 cents in... Years ago I knew a gal in Poughkeepsie who had a nice Peter Wright but I'm pretty sure she's married now so you can forget the whole dating thing unless you happen upon another nice gal like her with another nice anvil.
  10. You have a nice old Fisher anvil, possibly made in Maine but don't quote me on the Maine part. A member here from New Jersey knows a thing or two about Fishers so bank on his info. Everyone is going to want to know your general location so add that by your username in your header. You might want to wire brush that anvil to get the old paint and crud off but thats it, no grinding, sandpaper, etc. A fine shiny finish to the face is achieved by directly applying red hot steel and massaging with a hammer. Cheers & welcome to IFI.
  11. I wish I would have known this in advance as my time is now committed for those dates and I am just up the road three hours from there near Buffalo. Even have family in Kent I could stay with and invite along. Looks great!
  12. Hello PBR, welcome to IFI. You have a very nice Hay Budden there. I guesstimate it weighs roughly 150 to 165 lbs. You won't have any trouble finding a buyer but bear in mind that selling prices on anvils vary widely depending on location. 100 to 150 years ago here in the U.S. most of the population was centered in the east with much lower densities of people in the central part of the country and out west therefore anvils are much easier to find back east and can be mighty scarce out west. I am in western New York where anvils are not all that hard to find if you put in some time and utilize the TPAAAT system to find one. If I were selling that anvil here in Buffalo, N.Y. I wouldn't let it go for less than $400 USD. Please include your location in your header with your user name, plenty of smiths right here on this forum looking for a nice anvil like that and you might be surprised to find some of them may be close to your location. If you do decide to sell it please consider listing it here on this website in the tailgating section. Cheers
  13. Frozenforge is spot on Mortis. Your anvil is most definitely a Peter Wright made after 1910 as denoted by the presence of the word "England". This has something to do with import/export laws of the time. Before 1910 the word "England" would not be there. It is hard to find an anvil of that age that does not have a case of zits, what I refer to all those chisel and punch marks as. Those are from testing the temper of steel tools on the wrought iron body, very very common so that is why much of the markings on your anvil have been obliterated. Also very common that marking stamps on anvils were somewhat haphazard as evident in the "P" of the word Peter on yours, the bottom leg of the P is quite deep while the top is practically not there at all. That is because when it was struck the stamp was not held perpendicular to the surface but rather leaning a bit so the result is that P was never fully there to begin with. I've seen several with the entire word ENGLAND or PATENT upside down. To my eye the markings I see on your anvil are as follows~ PETER WRIGHT PATENT ENGLAND 1 - 1 - 9 Probably also around the middle 1 in the 1 - 1 - 9 appeared the words solid wrought in a circle surrounding the 1 with solid over the top and wrought beneath it. The 1 - 1 - 9 denotes the weight in the English hundredweight system based on stoneweight, a stone being 14 pounds Aviordupios and a hundredweight being 8 stone, 112 pounds. The first number, in your case a 1, denotes 112 pounds. The second number, also in your case a 1, denotes quarters of a hundredweight in this case 28 pounds. Being quarters of a hundredweight the middle number could only ever be a 0,1,2 or a 3. The last number denotes those remaining pounds which are less than 1 quarterweight and could only be 0 through 27. So your anvil's hundredweight markings are telling you that your anvil weighs 149 pounds i.e., the first number 1 = 112 pounds, the second number 1 = 1 quarterweight, 28 pounds and the last number 9 = 9 pounds. 112 pounds + 28 pounds + nine pounds = 149 pounds.
  14. Neat topic. I made a post about this sort of thing several years back here~