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Hello everyone, I recently had a very good weekend where I managed to pick up two Anvils after 2 months of having no success. I was wondering if anyone could tell me exactly what I managed to pick up.

The first Anvil weighs in at 80.5#. This anvil has a large number 8 and some other mark next to it. I paid $130 for this anvil, even though there was the chance it was more of an ASO than a true anvil. The face has quite a few nicks in it, but the edges are pretty clean.
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The second anvil I feel a little better about. This anvil weighs 146#, has a clean face and good edges. There are numerous markings as well. Think its a PW, but not sure. The only issue of concern for me is that while cleaning off the built up rust, I found what looks like a crack under the horn.

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From what I can see, it looks like the numbers 159 in the first picture, and 155 near the pritchel hole. BTW, paid $300 for this one, though I do feel a little better about it.

Thanks for the help!

Blue

(ps i hope i got the pictures right, hate one that end up taking up the whole screen)

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Clean a line down the side and see if there is a parting line where a hardened face meets the body. Etch with vinegar overnight if needed to define the line better.

Phil


I will try that and post a pic of the results.

Blue
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The flat along the feet is quite indicative of a Peter Wright on the second anvil. Can you make out the central number 1 x 112 + XYZ x 28 + 9 good price if the center number is zero and a great price if it's an 1, 2, or 3!


I couldn't get a picture that shows any detail, but I make out the center number to be a 5. To be honest, have no idea what that represents laugh.gif
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Can't be, the center number of CWT stamped anvils (like PW's) can only be 0-3 as it indicates quarter hundredweights (28 pounds)

However some of the 3's from way back when can be rather odd.

At 1 3 9 it would weight 112 + 84 + 9 = 205 Is it that heavy?

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Can't be, the center number of CWT stamped anvils (like PW's) can only be 0-3 as it indicates quarter hundredweights (28 pounds)

However some of the 3's from way back when can be rather odd.

At 1 3 9 it would weight 112 + 84 + 9 = 205 Is it that heavy?


Well, per the official scale of the house (the hated bathroom scale) it weighs in at 148 pounds. May have to try and rub in a bit of shoe polish to better see what the number is. that area is pretty chewed up.
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Look for something resembling a 1.

112+28+9=149

The bolstered hardy caught my eye too.


I have seen a couple of Blacktop Badgers on the I-15. They are a thinner version, unless they sit in the sun too long then they look like mini Macy's Day parade floats. Stinky buggers too :blink: . Amazing a critter that ornery being valuable to the shaving community. Badger hair is the bees knees for shaving brushes.

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"Blest be the tie that binds....." That's one badger that didn't move fast enough! Looks like real blest and real tied. :blink:
I've never seen a cast anvil with a bolster like that before either, are you keeping that one or passing it on to someone else? The other anvil looks pretty good unless there is a crack at the horn then the cast anvil might be the keeper. :unsure:

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"Blest be the tie that binds....." That's one badger that didn't move fast enough! Looks like real blest and real tied. :blink:
I've never seen a cast anvil with a bolster like that before either, are you keeping that one or passing it on to someone else? The other anvil looks pretty good unless there is a crack at the horn then the cast anvil might be the keeper. :unsure:


I don't have any attachment to it. I had found the Badger first before the PW. Figuring on giving both of them a go and see how I like it. If someone is interested in the Badger out of curiosity or is looking for something to start with (semi - local like) I have no problem selling it to them. Heck, I would even trade something or another. I haven't had it long enough to get attached and I'm not greedy.biggrin.gif
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