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On the left, nice #5, 50 lb early F&N anvil added to the heard.  This style without the cutting table was made in the 1850s only.  They have a very nice surface finish.  Many of the early Fisher anvils had a surface finish that was rarely duplicated in later anvils.  This anvil is almost perfect; there is just some minor chipping on the edge near the hardy hole.  The Fisher anvil on the right is a unique piece with the bold eagle logo and USA under it.   For more information, please consider my book available at fishernorris.com.

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Added another classic Fisher to the Fisher & Norris Factory Museum today.  50 lb, made in 1927.  Almost perfect, with some of the factory paint left.  Also, in the second photo, you can see where the original oval label was.  The one would have had a black and white label, not the orange/black one.  It is getting harder to find Fisher anvils in this condition.  Grab them when the opportunity strikes.220275145_Crafts9.thumb.jpg.9a84bac3328bf5313f734dd6decbb119.jpg988125918_Crafts10.thumb.jpg.e5cdaf384d63a5b0b57ecec62cc313cb.jpg

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This is the 1913 80 lb Fisher I got last month...it too seems to have original paint. Only signs of use are some small far side chips and a minor horn ding or two . So far weather etc has conspired against me for chance to use it, though I have now got it cleaned up and stump mounted.62EE90BB-E948-45BD-AAA7-9736B99D531D.jpeg.f430bbae2f6f775a1e52e9028ce220cf.jpeg

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The largest and smallest actual blacksmithing anvils F&N made.  Top is the 0 size, at various times either 8 or 10 lb.  It is sitting on an 800 lb. anvil, the largest made.  For a while they did have a 1000 lb anvil in their catalog, but none have ever been found and no records exist that any were ever made.

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On 2/4/2021 at 1:50 AM, njanvilman said:

For a while they did have a 1000 lb anvil in their catalog, but none have ever been found and no records exist that any were ever made.

There is or was one in the Seward Machine shop, it weighed out at 1,200 lbs. I could've had it for $500 but didn't have a way to get it home or a place to keep it at the trailer court where I lived. 

Yes I'm sure, the logo was facing the shop floor and I ran my hand over it.

In the day the Seward Machine shop was a ship's chandlery with a forge the size of a hot tub and several multi thousand lb A frame power hammers. It was a steam powered line shaft shop that'd been converted to electric sometime in the past.

No idea what happened to it. the shop closed and sold out 30+ years ago. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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9 hours ago, Frosty said:

There is or was one in the Seward Machine shop, it weighed out at 1,200 lbs. I could've had it for $500 but didn't have a way to get it home or a place to keep it at the trailer court where I lived.

I have heard rumors that F&N made a 1200 lb. anvil for the 1896 World's Fair.  But I have no confirmation, and have not found any records or photos.

 

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The Seward Machine shop would've been well established then, it was around from early fishing days, before the town was called Seward.

I wish I had some info for you Josh, almost as much as I wish I'd bought it and made arrangements to have it moved. It was too crowded to get a picture even, I didn't think it was unusual at the time, just another ship's chandlery anvil.

Frosty The Lucky.

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7 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

How big is the anvil in the museum? Isnt' that one like 1200lbs? 

The biggest London pattern Fisher here is 800 lb.  It is almost 4' long.  The heaviest Fisher anvil in the Museum is the #10 Chainmaker's anvil, at 1000 lb.

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7 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

Not your museum..  the other museum?? Kept in the back room..  Was in your book I believe. Either that or I was day dreaming..
All my books are in storage for the foreseeable future so won't be digging your book out to look. 

 

The NJ State Museum has the anvil made for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia is said to be 1400 lb.  It has never been weighed on a certified scale.  I have a full size wooden replica of it in the Fisher Museum. 

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25 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

Immersion test the volume of the replica and calculate the weight from the overflow?  You could vacuum seal a large bag around it if getting it wet is an issue.

That would not give a correct reading due to certain things present on the original.  Buy and read my book to find out what I am talking about.

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Anvils in America has 2 shots of the Centennial Exhibition Stack with the 1400# Fisher in it, good clear picture on page 155.

I'm restricting my purchases until after I get power in my shop as I expect it to be $$$$$ and my job could end at any time.

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