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Just out of intense curiosity I have searched online for everything I could think of...even tried to see if it was a weird mooring bollard/bit.  Nothing has come up.  It has no hardy or pritchel holes and has a very narrow base.  I can't figure out what use would require such a strange shape.  I searched what I could on the Cape Ann Tool Co. and found that they made lots of tools for the granite industry next door and originally started as a blacksmith shop.  They had a 100 ton drop forge and that "thing" appears to be forged and not cast (just based on the stamped maker's mark).  I really would like to figure that thing out.  It's officially driving me nuts.

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Agreed, the narrowness of the waist is a real conundrum.  It just doesn't look like it was made to be beat on in an industrial way despite the fact that it is so thick on top.  Deep down I feel like this was originally a bollard for mooring a ship.  It may have been on deck of a large ship.

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I'd expect to see some good sized mounting holes in the feet for that use.  Of course I have a bollard in my shop for armouring and it had several very lare and long bolts going from the top middle down under the base.  They are rusted in place

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I thought the base looked too flimsy for that purposes and an hour of searching online didn't produce a bollard even close to similar...but I couldn't find an anvil even partly resembling it either.  I even peruse a bunch of copies of Iron Age on Google Books if they had certain key terms I was looking for.   In the dark, deep down I know there is an answer I just haven't found yet because I haven't asked the right questions.  The makers mark isn't the key but I can't verify its meaning.  

 

I know now this is a pointless exercise but I do so enjoy this type of hunt.

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It looks to me like both end could possible been the same in the beginning and one side is a lot more worn from use? It's hard to tell from the picture though. Any chance of a couple of shots from other angles?

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Were a person to pin me down I'd say it was an anvil for sheet work in a shop that specialized. Say making headlights or large goblets.

Just a WAG.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Don't overlook the possibility that someone in the past had a sense of humor similar to Thomas Powers.  Didn't he say a couple times that he was going to leave behind objects for no other reason than to confuse/confound people in the future?

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