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  1. 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.
  2. I am finally back at work on my Fisher & Norris book. I would like to survey the IFI community as to what size FISHER anvils you presently own, and their vintage(date on the base, if present). I am trying to get an idea of what sizes are there, and to graph the results. Please also include any special anvils and their sizes(sawmakers, farriers, chainmaker). Thanks in advance. I will add in my museum holdings to the count.
  3. New 700 lb Fisher anvil added to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum. This anvil is on loan from a friend who saved it from being scrapped. With the stand, total weight is 840 lb. The anvil was cast sometime in the 1920's. The final digit was stamped in to indicate it was sold in 1926. This was for the one year warranty that Fisher offered on its anvils. This is the second FISHER anvil I have that has this kind of dating with a stamped final digit. Here is the original Fisher pattern that made the mold for this anvil. It is always interesting to put the pattern and a finished anvil back together after 90 years.All of the seams and irregularities match exactly from the pattern to the anvil.
  4. These are the two patterns for the #4 Fisher double screw vise. The patterns are sitting in their carriers. When used, the half was rammed up using special dedicated flasks. Then the whole assembly was flipped over, the carrier removed, and the other special flask half was attached. The second half was then rammed up. If you own a #4 Fisher Vise, it was made using this pattern. You might notice that the "tooth" is not on the front (left) pattern. In the later years, the pattern was modified and that part was eliminated. The front vise jaw was totally supported by the screws.
  5. This is probably the best condition pattern I saved in 1999 from the Crossley factory before disposal and demolition. A unique feature of this pattern is that the Eagle logo is on an internal cam setup that allows the Eagle to move out and make the impression in the mold, then be withdrawn into the pattern to allow for the pattern removal(so as not the break the mold.) The top black part is the preheat pattern. This made a void in the mold for the molten iron to preheat the steel for welding. Remember, these were cast up-side down, so the black part in the mold was the lowest part.
  6. Sales page from a hardware store catalog from the 1880's. There is a mistake: The #6 vise weight should read either 180 or 200 lb. Note the price. These were not cheap for that era.
  7. Ultra rare FISHER #1 Vise. This is the smallest double screw vise Fisher made. It originally sold for about $7, over 125 years ago. Worth a whole lot more today. This is the only COMPLETE #1 publicly known. The only non-original part is the handle. Weight is about 25 lb. I am sure that there are more hiding in someones basement or barn.
  8. Quad States was good for the museum this year. Only one Fisher added, the 20 lb, but added three bicks, an oilfield anvil, a colonial anvil, two random block anvils, and some other goodies in the picture. Reminder to all that my museum is open all who have an interest, no admission costs ever, donations gratefully accepted, and I always have Fisher label t shirts. Just message me before you come to find out if I will be around, and to get exact directions.
  9. My display at the conference. Anvils there were: #10 Fisher Chainmaker's, 1000 lb 800 lb Fisher 500 lb Fisher + pattern 150 lb Fisher, NOS, 1949 111 lb, Maine made Fisher 50 lb, one of the last Fishers, from the last pour 58 lb Insonora Fisher export anvil 100 lb swage block + pattern 0 size, 10 lb Fisher and the museum sign. Just a sampling of the museum collection.
  10. First attempt at posting a photo(without my techie daughter to help!). My stack of 15 thirty pound Fisher anvils in the museum.
  11. This request for information got hijacked about current anvils out there, so I am re-posting it: I am looking for any information about early, big FISHER anvils. I am trying to establish when Fisher & Norris began producing their larger anvils. From my inventory: 1850's: Largest is 150 lbs. 1860's: (Small round Eagle with the wheat) Largest is about 180 lbs. 1870's: Largest is 500 lb. Also have a 400 lb. This was the era of the Centennial Exhibition in 1876 where the Fisher display had many large anvils including the 1400 lb anvil. So: Does anyone out there have or know of any FISHER anvils bigger than what I have listed from the early production time? If my museum inventory is any indicator, they did not begin producing anvils of over 200 lbs until the early 1870's. This was when Clark Fisher took over after his dad, Mark Fisher passed away. Thank you for any information or photos of early Fisher anvils.
  12. I think this discussion got lost in another thread about Fisher anvils. I was asked about my biggest, early Fisher anvils. So I checked my museum inventory. 1850's: My largest Fisher is about 150 lbs. 1860's: Largest is about 180 lbs. 1870's: Largest is 500 lb, and have a 400 lb. The Fisher display at Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876 displayed anvils up to about 560 lbs, along with the 1400 lb anvil. I was wondering is anyone out there in IFI land has anything bigger in the 1850's and 1860's (round eagle) vintage. I am trying to establish when Fisher began producing anvils over 200 lbs. It appears to be some time in early 1870's, after Clark Fisher took over running the company. Thanks for any information.
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