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  1. Hello everyone, I’m Trevor from Southern California. I’ve been forging for about 12 years. I started out with self-teaching basics then took CBA classes at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA for about 2 years. Since then I went on to finish a BA in visual art and an MFA in Jewelry and Metal Art. I love pattern welding, and the bulk of my MFA thesis portfolio is sculptural and wearable pattern welded pieces. I forge on my rural property, with a 100lb. Trenton, Chili 2-burner forge, and 50lb Little Giant. I also enjoy fabrication and will employ
  2. Hiya folks, I just purchased a Trenton anvil and I’m trying to find out anything I can about it. I cleaned off several layers of paint and oiled it. I will attach images of all the markings I was able to find. Thank you in advance for any help!
  3. I just saved an anvil from a trip to the scrap yard. It is a Trenton with a crack most, if not all, of the way through at the waist. It was repaired with 2 long bolts from the stand up through the feet and into 2 threaded holes, one under the horn and one near the hardie hole. It has a Trenton stamp visible on the right side with T175 on the front right foot and A36043 on the front left foot. I understand that T is the initial of the maker and that it is 175 lbs. I don't have the date of manufacture but based on some other responses in the forums, I assume something like 1901-1903. Anybody
  4. Hello. I’m a newbie who has inherited two anvils. One I want to keep for jewelry making and the other I’d like to sell. I don’t know how to price and which to keep. Can anyone identify and estimate value for sale? Which one should I keep? Thanks!
  5. Want to find out information on this. From what I’m reading it might be a German made Trenton 117#. Just wondering how to figure out the age of the thing. I bought it at an auction in West Virginia today. That was a fun time, first time ever at an auction. I can see how addictive it could be. My wonderful wife was egging me on to buy it. Running off at the mouth sorry. So back to it. How do I figure out the age. There are no serial numbers on the front foot under the horn. The only thing on it is the logo “Trenton “ and solid wrought underneath that. The base underneath is flat.
  6. Scored this Trenton "German forged" anvil today at a yard sale for $40. Just curious on dating/forger info if anyone knows...and why does it have that weird shoehorn looking stub coming off the horn? What was its use?! The bottom is flat(ish) with only a handling hole, and there are no serial numbers to be found so far
  7. I got this Trenton anvil a few weeks ago. It seems in pretty good shape, with no real damage that I can tell, and no visible repairs that I can note. I'm wondering if this anvil is too old, so that its' face is not a highly tempered face. I have dropped a ball bearing on the face and the rebound is poor 50% (or a bit less?). I have 4 older smaller blacksmith hammers and one of them has pretty good rebound off the face, and all around the face , front to back. The other three smaller hammers have poor rebound everywhere. So I am wondering if this anvil is too old to have a highly tempered
  8. I feel a little guilty about what I paid for this one, but I'll get over it. This beauty popped up on the Austin craigslist in the free section (said if you can pick it up you can have it for free!) amid all the ridiculously overpriced anvils that frequently show up. The ad said no holds and I was out of town so I hoped the person would be enticed by money and offered $100 if she'd hold it for me. The next day while doing last minute preparations for a Christmas party I got an email back saying she'd gotten over 400 emails inquiring about the anvil but my subject line, offering to actually
  9. Hey my step dad just gave me this anvil. Ive figured out its a trenton and weights 165lbs but i would really like to know the age. A 82685 or a 8268.5 im keeping it, but what are these anvils worth.
  10. I've been lurking on this forum for a long time soaking up and reading all the material I can. As a newbie to blacksmithing, I wanted to really try my hand at things before asking questions so I avoid asking the same questions I see other newbies asking constantly. Thank you to all who have shared wisdom, skills, and experience on here. It has helped me enter this craft with much more knowledge than I would have had just jumping straight in. I've been an accomplished flintknapper for 15 years making flint reproductions and some plain artwork. As such, I know that you have to put your
  11. Hey guys I just got my first "real" anvil I picked it up today to replace the dinky 55 pounder I started with Talking to the elderly lady I bought it from it came to Indian territory with her father on a covered wagon when he was about 2 or 2 and a half. She is in her 80s. It was the anvil for the blacksmith shop in my hometown when it was first founded and her father was the blacksmith or her grandfather. Any help identifying would be great It's a trenton and the markings look to be W210 SN78912 Or SN785912
  12. I have a 207 pound trenton anvil I picked up and it has a badge on it. I have never seen this before and was wondering if anyone knows what this can be. And if anyone can tell me the year of this I would appreciate it alot thanks! -beardedblacksmith
  13. Live in Stamford TX. Found this anvil only later found it had a broke face, I'm a welder have burned 100's of lb of stoody 1105 rods hard surfacing tool steel would appreciate any and all comments and suggestions thank you. Trenton Anvil Images - Imgur Album
  14. Grandpa & me today went to an Amish Auction in southeast Nebraska & he was a welder for years all the way up until he was about 74 or 75, xxxx xxx xxx! Well anyway he's got a real liking for these anvils & is smart enough to know they are xxxx hard to come by, so today he got a 150lb Trenton for $200. It's in okay shape not great but I don't see any USA stamp omit, the numbers on it read (hard to make out, you may not be able to see it) but it reads on the left "W 150" which we both presume is weight 150lbs. Then on the right it says "A410 18" there is a space between that 0 &
  15. Can someone tell me the date of my Trenton anvil? It's serial number is A11076. It has the diamond with Trenton in it but also has a Buel Patent mark with what looks like "Wroght Iron Guaranteed USA" written around the words Buel Patent. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  16. Anyone with a copy of AIA handy? Who was the Trenton (Columbus Forge and Iron Company) Anvil Smith who used K to mark the weight of the anvils he forged? Trenton Anvil Foot Marked Weight K166 Serial 130980 - I'm just curious which anvil Smith used the K. If I remember right, there are a list of Anvil Smiths in AIA for Columbus Forge and Iron Company. thank you in advance. Kevin King
  17. Hello, This will basically be my first post on here, and I had a question: I've acquired a Trenton 152# anvil made in 1823, from a family member for free. I can use the anvil only if I refurbish it to function and look like brand new, if not better. I would like to clean ALL the rust off of this anvil, and build up and clean up come chips off the tool plate on top. What is the best, most efficient and thorough way of going about this? My budget to restore the anvil is around $300-$400, I have plenty of connects with machine shops and fabrication shops around here, I have an angl
  18. I just bought this Trenton anvil for $475.00 and I am wondering what year it might of been made? It has an hourglass bottom and the Trenton stamp and USA on the side.The front or horn side foot on the left has W158 and I know that is the weight wich is close to the actual weight of 156 pounds. And I know that the left is the serial number and it is A23281 but the one at the end almost looks like a Z and I don't know if that was a thing they did or not. Thanks if you can help tell me what year it might of been made.
  19. I recently acquired this 147# Trenton anvil. At first I believed it was an American Trenton (CF&IC) but looking online and reading about the differences I think it might actually be an older German forged anvil made for TA&VC in New Jersey. I'll list my reasons for believing so below and hope that somebody more knowledgeable on here can help confirm or debunk my thoughts. First is the writing on the face, it has TRENTON in the flat diamond, below that (and very hard to see, couldn't even get a good picture as most is now gone) is "SOLID WROUGHT" in a circle, and then below that
  20. Hi Everyone Just picked up Trenton Anvil Serial number A33050 anyone got an idea of age. Anvil is in good shape very good face and good edges. Thanks
  21. I am just getting started. Over the weekend, I met with a retired blacksmith of advanced years. He had a number of anvils for sale, including the one below. Once I decided on this anvil, he and I went into his house to figure out which company manufactured the anvil, so we could arrive at a price. We consulted Anvils In America, but the font did not quite fit the Trentons. We chatted about it and he decided to assume it was a more modern Trenton of the early 1900's. I told him I would research it further and let him know what I found. I went home and using some flour, tried to identify it
  22. My dad has this anvil in his shop, which they use on occasion. He is curious what he has. I'm 99% sure it's a Trenton. I haven't inspected it all over (it's mounted on a block of wood) but the foot below the horn has some stamped identification on it. I can't read it all, but a quick search reveals that some of it is probably a serial number, possibly a letter identifying who made it, and the weight. I weighed the anvil at 126 lbs mounted on a block of wood. The first two numbers are "23" and there is a vertical stroke before them that could be a numeral 1. If so, that correlates with a w
  23. Hey guys, I'm new here and just starting to to learn about forging, I just got my first anvil, which I've had my eyes on way before I even knew what forging was. It was my great grandfathers and has sat in my parents barn untouched for all of my life. So after looking around on here and other google searches I was able to wire brush the side and see Trenton logo on the side, but it's upside down, does anyone know if that was common? The left foot says z157 which I'm guessing is the weight, I also put it on a scale to confirm that. The right foot is a little harder to read but looks like it
  24. I just bought this anvil for 150. I have not seen any anvils with a base like this. I was wondering if it was rebuilt or came like this. The markings I can find say .Trenton. Solid Steel Wrought. And U.S.A. there is also a 1 on the bottom. Any help would be great.
  25. Hello! New guy here, just finally got my setup going after moving to a space that would allow it! I found my anvil last week and have been inspecting it trying to date it etc. and some of the numbers seems odd. It has the trenton diamond on the side but the serial either has an odd digit or is spaced strangely. With and without the 5 its either from 1899 or 1905, but it just seems odd since the space doesn't look like a missing/damaged digit. It's got a great ring and bounces a ball bearing like it cares nothing for physics so it know its nice regardless, I'm just curious if anyone had see
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