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I am hoping hoping someone can help me with my anvil!

The anvil actually came with our house which was built in 1920,
we are trying to clear out some things and are going to sell the
anvil, but I can't figure out what its worth, or the numbering
system on the side of the Anvil, I have spent all day and night
on different websites and still can't figure it out!

The side of the anvil, and its fairly faint, but the anvil
has been outside for years, reads Peter Wright Patent,
a small circle in the middle, also faint, but from what I gather
it says solid wrought, to the left is the number 1, to the right
is a number 8, there appears to be a number right on the wording
"solid wrought" and I think that it is either a number 1 or 4.
My concern is that the middle number is right on top of the
"solid wrought" wording, and secondly I can't figure out if the
number is a 4 or 1. I will attach a few pictures, can anyone
help? (also that is an outhouse behind the anvil in one of the
pictures! I think it may actually collapse before my husband
gets a chance to take it down!) Thanks, kjohnpost-21650-0-91308200-1307851022_thumb.jpost-21650-0-68939900-1307851041_thumb.jpost-21650-0-20794100-1307851055_thumb.jpost-21650-0-79332300-1307851075_thumb.j

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I think it's numbered 1 1 8 which would be 148 pounds. That's 112 pounds for the first 1 plus 28 pounds (1/4 of 112) for the second one plus 8 actual pounds for the final number. That weight looks about right for that anvil too. It is a very useful size and a good brand, though a bit pitted. You should have little trouble finding someone who wants it.

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Thank you! I thought it was a 1, but had looked at another website and they
had the first number 1 as a weight of 120lbs instead of 112lbs, so my total
weight wasn't coming out the same as what others showed their 1 1 8 to be!
I appreciate your help! kjohn

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It's numbered in the old english hundred weight system, CWT, with the left most digit being hundredweights---112. The middle being quarter hundred weights---28 (and can only be 0-3 as 4 would be a full hundredweight and increment the leftmost digit) the right most digit is residual pounds below a quarter hundredweight and so can be 0-27

So X Y Z = (X x 112) + (Y x 28) + (Z)

and note that the stamped weight can often be 10% off from the weighed weight

ALSO not that this system was used for old *English* anvils and American made anvils are usually stamped in pounds. (New anvils from the UK are stamped in Kilos)

Price depends a lot on location: in the USA the old industrial mid west being a low point and prices rising towards the coasts or places where anvils are rare---like NM

Blacksmiths prefer to buy anvils with the face and top inch or so of the sides wirebrushed off to see the state and the markings wirebrushed to show weight and maker. The rest doesn't matter and NEVER GRIND OR WELD ON AN ANVIL TO "pretty it up"! Drops the price substantially in my book!

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Thank you all! And actually my husband made that smoker! I think it looks like a still and worry one day
the revenuers are going to see it! Farmall, we live in Wichita, KS and if you are close and would like to
come look at it, you are welcome to email me! Can you email me through my profile? I don't want to put
my email address on public forum, because already 3/4 of South Africa has found gotten my email address
and want to send me an ATM card with large sums of money! Thanks, kjohn

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