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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 face? I ask this because I am not sure what to expect about the face response question/health. The serial seems to be A (lower left leg gone in the divot) 310 (6 seems to be the consensus of the last digit). I do not know how to age this anvil based upon the apparent serial. Hourglass bottom. On the whole the anvil seems in very good shape. W seems as 178 or 173. I think 178. My lbs scale says 174.5. There is another Trenton post, here and that anvil seems to have Columbus USA, or something like that below Trenton. On my anvil I can not make anything out below the Trenton name. Thanks you your help in clarifying these questions.
  4. 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 buy it had gotten her attention. My girlfriend is the best as she released me from my chores to make sure I sealed the deal. A few txt messages later the seller was having seller's remorse as she was beginning to get an idea of the actual value, but to her credit she didn't back out or try to renegotiate. The next challenge was to borrow $100 cash as I'd just paid my rent, bills and credit card, fortunately I have an understanding roommate who loaned me the money. Still worried the seller might bail on the sale, I made the earliest arrangements I could Monday morning to pick it up. As she said she couldn't move it or read any markings on the anvil I had no idea the size or weight but based on the ad in the picture I knew it was going home with me. To be on the safe side I brought along a friend and a dolly. When I got there I realized this was going to be the perfect replacement for the 101 PW that I picked up years ago for $50 (yes, I stole that one too!) My initial impression was that this was a very nice 111 lb Trenton, rebound is at least 90% or greater! The PW has 80-90% rebound with minor edge damage, it's been perfect for blade smithing. Yes, I know it's an anvil, bring it home, put it to use and don't worry about the history or value...but I'm going to do whatever research I can and this forum is invaluable. First thing I noticed is there was no serial number like so many of the Trentons seen here. Then I wondered about the PW like foot ledges, the Solid Wrought circle stamped on the side, flat bottom and un-Trenton like shape. The research I did leads me to believe this is an early H. Boker Trenton that's fairly uncommon, probably made in England due to the circular "Solid Wrought" stamp. I found a post regarding a German Boker that was stamped "Made in Germany", no such marking on this one. The ledges on the feet indicate a Peter Wright influence on the wrought iron base. "According to Anvils in America by Richard Postman this is likely a Boker TRENTON, rather than one made by the Columbus (OH) Forge & Iron Co. Hermann Boker was a broker for the Trenton (NJ) Vise and Tool Company and had TRENTON brand anvils made in both German and England. This one could well have been made for them in England by Peter Wright as it has the classic PW feet and the SOLID WROUGHT in a circle. Anvil lately dates to the last quarter of the 1800s" Sorry for the long rant but I'm very excited about the newest (or oldest addition) to the family. She's in good company with a 200 lb Peter Wright that dates back to the same time period. The little PW pictured above will now eventually find a new home. No fears about any further cleanup, I hit her last night with a wire brush and linseed oil, it's time now to forge on and make beautiful things!
  5. 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.
  6. 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 time in learning all the small skills before you attempt the larger projects. At a show, my booth was set up next to blacksmith doing a demo. I thought to myself "I think I could really do that." A few years later I set up at another show and, you guessed it, was next to the same blacksmith. That sealed it for me, because I really wanted to give forging a try. I borrowed a junky anvil (couldn't even find anything like it in AIA) from my Dad, and got some basic hammers and a set of pick-up tongs and yes a gas forge from Diamond back. I struggled, but each time I've forged I've gotten better and quicker at things. It was obvious thought that I needed a better anvil. A friend's friend's nephew was reported to have lots of blacksmith tools and anvils. I ended up with this anvil, which after consulting AIA I believe it to be an early Boker Trenton made in Germany. Perhaps Black Frog could confirm that. Reading and lurking here helped me get educated on the differences between Peter Wrights, Hay Buddens, Trentons, and the others. Knowing good prices also helped me not make the typical newbie mistake of overpaying. The guy who sold it to me didn't know what it was and thought it was a Peter Wright, but I found the diamond Trenton logo. The feet steps confused me because I knew Trentons didn't have that feature. He thought it weighed 150 lbs so I took his word for it but felt it was a little more than that. I paid $2 per pound for an even $300. $50 more got me an armful of tongs and hammers. It was suggested to me by a farrier friend to have it machined flat and the edges sharpened. Reading extensively here showed me that was a poor decision and I just cleaned it up with a wire wheel and began using it. Thomas Powers' words of wisdom helped me to work with the sway in it and keep this old gal just like I found her. She ended up being 179 lbs, so I paid under $2 in the end. Here's some pictures of my new old gal. Her rebound is pretty good. I welcome any feedback on how early people feel it is. I got a good idea from AIA that I checked out at my local library, but maybe someone like Black Frog has more information. One question I have is what the machined off slant might have been used for on the trenton logo side. It looks specific to some past smith's work.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 & the 18 does that last part signify the year is it 1918 you think? And he was wondering if he got a decent deal for what he paid for the price? Is Trenton one of the better anvils or just middle of the road? He said Peter Wright, he thought was one of the best? Was curious if you guys could inform us on manufacture year, some cool facts or anything you got, all is welcome! Thanks for reading & your time!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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 angle grinder and various tools of my own as well as some common sense and patience. Any pointers are welcome, here is a picture I took for reference, forgot to take more detailed photos.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 between the feet is the weight "147". Most of the USA made ones also seem to have either USA, PATENT, or both stamped on it as well. Next the US made trentons usually have the weight and a serial number on the front foot. This anvil has neither. I've looked long and hard and there is no trace of any stamped letters or numbers on either of the feet anywhere. Third is the shape of the feet. On the front and back foot there are very pronounced flat spots which seem to be common on European anvils like the PW's but not on the American trentons which seem to just have sloped feet. Lastly, the bottom of the anvil is flat there is no depression what-so-ever on the base. No oval. No hourglass. Just a flat surface on the bottom.
  16. 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
  17. 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. In addition to the word Trenton, it also has the words Patent and Solid Forged, although the latter was difficult to make out, it is there. My sense is that this is a Boker Trenton of German or English manufacture, but the presence of all three words and phrases makes me uncertain. The blacksmith who sold it to me gave me a very good price, but I believe he sold it without a clear understanding of what is was. I will be calling him and returning it, but I would like to tell him for sure who the manufacturer was. Any help would be appreciated. John
  18. 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 weight of 123 lbs. (Being an American anvil it wouldn't be in hundredweight and stone.) I thought the next mark was "4" but now I'm leaning toward an "A" representing the person who made it. And then 84860 as the serial number. (The second "8" was struck at an angle.) Any information or help would be much appreciated. -- Jon
  19. 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 says a49437. The second 4 is almost non existent so that is basically a guess it could be another number, don't know if that will affect the date, but could someone please let me know what year this is? I've attached a pic Incase someone else can make out the number better than I can. Thanks for any help
  20. 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.
  21. 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 seen anything like it. Thanks!
  22. I am new to the site. I have been looking for a anvil for over a year this past weekend I happened to stumble across two which I bought. The first one is a 125lb trenton anvil which I paid $350 for the second one is a 250lb vulcan anvil which i paid $600 for. I am torn on which one I should keep or if I should keep them both. Let me hear your thoughts!
  23. Found two more anvils today, a 60 pound trenton and a 150 pound peter wright( best I can tell it's a peter wright) the trenton is in better condition then the peter wright but both will make great tools!!
  24. Hey all, I have a new addition and I was wondering if I could get info. on it. It is a 150# Trenton Serial # 223514. It is a little on the "interesting" side.
  25. 250# Trenton Ser # 176416 found a new home today. It had been sitting on a porch covered in black paint. Time for it to get back to work. Could someone look up that Serial Number and get me a date? I would appreciate it.