Jump to content
I Forge Iron

John Brooks Anvil...info?

Recommended Posts

Greetings, Guru's of Steel!


I recently bought a 499lb London pattern anvil. She's a beast! On one side of the waist, she's marked:

John Brooks



The hundredweight is marked on the opposite side of the waist: 4 - 1 - 23

I haven't been able to find all that much information on the maker of this anvil, possible date, etc. The anvil was part of a large lot of forge equipment I purchased off an elderly gentleman, for a few thousand. Wondering on the quality of the anvil, for plain curiosity.





Link to comment
Share on other sites

That looks to be a nice anvil, I'd say it's probably an older ones as it appears to be of forged wrought iron construction and later Brooks are solid cast steel. However I do not know what date they switched from forging to casting or whether it was a graduated change depending on the style/weight of the anvil in question, either way though that's a great find, congratulations!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It is a very nice and BIG anvil, congratulation.

When I found my cast steel Brooks anvils, I did some search on the internet and didn’t find much information, and almost nothing on the forged one. The best I found was a post on this forum. If it’s not already done, do a search on “John Brooks anvil” and roll down the results to a reply from Bruce Beamish dated December 25, 2012.

It will not gives you the age of your anvil but maybe, at least, a part of the history?

The cast steel Brooks made after WWII looks “common” at least, around here. I found two of them and saw many others in the small adds or in my customer’s shop. It's the first time I see a forge Brooks anvil. I am not an anvil expert but: You found a 500Lb anvil which is special in itself, and it is from a brand we hardly find information on the internet. It is a nice find but maybe it is also a rare if not unique find?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...