Jon Reese

(Yet Another Request To) Identify My Anvil

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My dad has this anvil in his shop, which they use on occasion. He is curious what he has.

I'm 99% sure it's a Trenton. I haven't inspected it all over (it's mounted on a block of wood) but the foot below the horn has some stamped identification on it. I can't read it all, but a quick search reveals that some of it is probably a serial number, possibly a letter identifying who made it, and the weight. I weighed the anvil at 126 lbs mounted on a block of wood. The first two numbers are "23" and there is a vertical stroke before them that could be a numeral 1. If so, that correlates with a weight of 123 lbs. (Being an American anvil it wouldn't be in hundredweight and stone.) I thought the next mark was "4" but now I'm leaning toward an "A" representing the person who made it. And then 84860 as the serial number. (The second "8" was struck at an angle.)

Any information or help would be much appreciated.

-- Jon

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Weight 123   Serial number A84860  and yes I believe A is part of the serial number (not to mention that an anvil is not made by a person but by a team of people!)

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AIA says a Trenton with SN: 84860 would have been made in 1909.  I'm not sure what to do with the "A" in front of the number.

Russell

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Yes, the A does not change the date.  I have two Trentons, and they all have the A in front of the serial number.

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