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Hello guys, My friend have this Wilkinson's anvil with markings on it but I can't read them all. I see on one side: (disappeared Wilkinson's) Emblem Queen's Dudley And on the other side I think I can read: Patent Solid (R or B)un & En(I or T) ------ This is the part that I can't read. Does any of you know what it can be written please? Thanks
Wondering if anyone could help me age my Wilkinson anvil. Just picked it up a week ago, got it cleaned up today. 180lbs, 4” face. Wilkinsons and crossed canons are clearly visible. On the back bottom it looks like either “135” or “185” is stamped in it. On the back the only visible numbers of the hundred weight would be the last of the three which is “17”. I weighed it and it is 180lbs.
Hello Guys, I hope somebody can help me date my newly acquired anvil. I'm posting three pictures with this in the hope that it helps. I'm not looking to value it, because it's not something I'll ever sell. So the value really means nothing to me. Unless it's to stick on the insurance. But I suspect any casual burglar would have a great deal of trouble shifting it anyway! Given that it's 224Lbs in weight. And will be twice that once I fasten it to the stand. It's a Wilkinson Anvil... The first picture shows the general over all look of it. It's a forged wrought iron body, with stamped lettering and a forge welded top plate. The top plate looks to have had a repair done at some point in the past, as the front section is clearly a welded in plate replacement. That however doesn't in any way affect it's usability as the rebound seems to be pretty identical over the whole surface. And it's a good rebound at well over 80% doing the ball bearing test... The top plate is generally in superb condition, with no bad sag to it and mostly good clean edges. Over all has a small amount of surface rust, nothing serious, but is actually better than it looks in the photographs. It also has a very good ring over the entire surface. The body appears quite old... and the letter stamps are very worn. To the point of being barely readable. Here's the best part.... It was the property of a professional smith. Who kept it under a bench as his spare, for 60 years. So in that time it's had very little use. And he was kind enough to offer it to me as a gift, because of my interest in all things metal and metal working. So it has cost me, the grand sum of nothing at all. It's a beautiful tool that I will treasure and use for the rest of my life. Before somebody else gets the use of it. The first picture is the overall look.... This second picture, shows the lettering as it is.... with a bit of flour rubbed in to make it more visible... This third picture shows my best guess at the lettering which seems to overlay what does remain quite closely. There is also a large number 3 below this but it was off the edge of the photograph. As I said above I'm trying to figure out the rough date it was made, but I'm struggling to do that from the information I can find on the web. I do know it was made in Dudley, England. In fact the anvil is still in the UK. I'm in Cornwall... I also suspect that as they didn't bother to put DUDLEY ENGLAND on it because it was never designed to be an export model. But any information you guys can help with would be appreciated. Best regards, Purple Bob.