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Hey guys, happy Thursday! So I’m new to this forum. Mostly a vise guy but have always been looking out for an anvil and finally stumbled across one. Was covered in dirt and rust but could tell there was a makers mark. Looked well taken care of as the face and horn are in great shape (step isn’t the best). I got it home and went to town with a wire wheel. It’s an American Dunn & Murcott made in Brooklyn NY and seems to be a pretty rare anvil! It has 130 stamped into it making it 130# and made sometime between 1899-1911. The more rust and dirt I took off, the more damage I seemed to find unfortunately... it has cracks all over the place! The top of the anvil is in great shape compared to the rest which I found kind of weird. Tested rebound with a ball pein which seemed to be pretty good and has a nice ring up to the hardy hole. Beyond the hardy hole, the heel has terrible rebound and has a different sound which I can’t imagine is good. Here are some pictures of what I’m talking about. I’m hoping it’s not too serious? Wanted to hear some thoughts on it and if its too far gone. I was able to snag this anvil for only $150 so I’m not too crushed but it definitely is a bummer **I’m having trouble uploading pictures. Is there a trick to it that I’m missing? Or am I too new and need a certain number of posts first?
I've scoured the posts on here and have concluded that I am nowhere near educated enough in the ways of anvils to identify this piece. That being said, this is a piece that I'm thinking about purchasing and wanted to get some feedback on its possible origin. As far as I can tell, there is no maker's mark to speak of. I was able to vaguely see a possible weight (1-6-8) and a serial number (?) on the front of the base. The underside appears to be of Trenton characteristics, and then I read that there were many that adopted this oval recess. Anyway, any available feedback would be greatly appreciated. I believe the owner is asking too much, but I've been wrong numerous times thus far. Have a look!