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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me identify whether this anvil is cast or forged? Also if there has been a plate welded onto the top? I was plan on cleaning up the bumps on the face after buying it as it is fairly flat overall but don't know if it's worth it with if it's cast iron. Fairly new to this but I thought the texture on the top looked cast but then it seemed to have handling holes in the sides so I just don't know. I can try listening for a ring and looking at rebound but it's an hour and a half away to pick up so id rather know before hand. Thanks for any help. Iv attached some pictures for reference!
Star anvil, also known as American Star. Made in Trenton, NJ from about 1855 to about 1870. Made in a similar way to Fisher anvils, with a tool steel plate over a cast iron body. Their distinguishing characteristic is an oval core hole in the base of the anvil. This core was thought to facilitate cooling of the main mass of iron and to reduce stresses. This anvil is a very rare Hornless Star. About 200 lbs. No, the horn is not broken off and it is not a sawmakers; it was made this way.
Fisher Anvils: Made in Newport, Maine(1847 - 1852), then in Trenton, NJ at the original Trenton plant(1853 - 1961), then finally by Crossley Machine Works (1962 - 1979). Currently owned by Joshua Kavett, Howell Tnsp, NJ. Made by a unique method of casting iron over the tool steel plates to implement the weld. They made over 500,000 anvils over the companies life, which is the most produced by any anvil manufacturer. They made many custom shaped anvils by request. Their literature stated that they had over 300 unique patterns in stock. Fisher made anvils from 1/2 lb to 800 lbs. A few bigger ones were produced primarily for exhibitions. Fisher anvils do not have the "ring" associated with forged anvils. That feature has long been a selling point for these anvils. Sometimes refereed to as a "city" anvil. Many smiths doing demos prefer Fisher's for this feature. I like using Fishers for their quietness and durability. There are a *few* Fisher anvils located here.