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NC   New Caledonia (French: Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia

Probably from France as you are in a French collectivity....world wide web ya' know

Can we see a picture of the stone weight and any other markings on it?  The fat, short heel, short horn and little height in the step transition was what I was basing my call on.  Does it weigh 130 pounds?

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Those photos are much better, thanks.  Obvious globbed together forge welds in the body, visible face plate weld line, and overall shape strongly indicate English import.   There were hundreds? of makers of similar anvils in that era so who knows.  Call it a Green and get hammering.  Not much rarity value if you are planning to take it to ebay unless you can dig up a better story than you are finding here.  It's functional for a smith but beat up for a collector... kind of small in my opinion (grin).  There are 2 or 3 guys on here who might know better, perhaps they will chime in.

Some of those Hay Budds you have in the background look like nice users.

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Yes the clear pictures clearly contradict my earlier musings!  (save that Green might have been the owner)

Traditionally forged anvil; not a bad weight; does the pritchel hole look to be drilled rather than punched? (If so it may be a retrofit pushing the date of the anvil back a bit further.)

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the pritchel hole was punched from the bottom side and was punched at a slight angle. the hardy hole is also crooked with a slight taper on all four sides.                                                                                                                                                                               ps posting for hammerhead73 thanks joe

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I can tell you that green probably isn't the person's name because I found this thread looking for info on an anvil just like yours that says Green too and has another word under that one. I'm a total newbie to anvils, forges, ect but I have a twin to yours except my horn has been broken off.






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Well age of the anvil may not correlate with how long they had it; (after all I have an 1828 William Foster anvil that I bought; but I'm not quite that old!)

Does the pritchel hole exist and if so does it look like it was punched in (irregularities on the bottom side of it). If  no hole; then probably before the 1820's. If drilled hole; then may have been retrofitted. If punched hole; probably after the 1820's.

Are the feet small, sharp and forge welded on?  Evidence of  the anvil be welded up out of chunks?  Face shows evidence of being welded on in sections?  The more chunks an anvil was made from the generally earlier it was.

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