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Help identifying heelless anvil

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Hi folks, I picked up this anvil yesterday and after a quick scrub found 2 0 4. I don't see any other marking, yet. Identification isn't necessary, but i am curious. It still has nice ping and spring... Thanks for any info or mythologies on the heelless anvil. Cheers, Bryan




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The anvil is probably one of the 300+ brands of early English anvils produced in the 1800's.  There is only a remote chance that you will ever put a manufacturers name on it.   These anvils were a built up anvil, meaning that they were made of 6/7 or more pieces that were forge welded together.  Having the heel missing is fairly common.  In my museum, I have three of these early English anvils with that damage.  The rest is perfectly useable; you just do not have a hardy or pritchel hole.

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