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Old double bick 252lbs anvil EW french??

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I just picked up this old double bick anvil in an early 19th century farm/sawmill/flourmill. The anvil is stamped with "E.W" and 210 (252 pounds). It weights 246lbs on my scale. The hardy hole location reminds me of a french anvil. The steel face is about 1/2"-5/8" thick from what I can see. It has a sharp and loud ring.It does have a good saddle in the middle. Do you have any information regarding this brand of anvil or its origin?

Thanks for your help!

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Welcome OC, glad to have you. Nice anvil, looks like a daily user, good score. Can't be of any help with make etc.

Frosty The Lucky.

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As far as I know only English makers stamped in the CWT system; but the side clearing hardy hole is definitely more of a French thing..

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That is what I find unsual about this anvil... Also, the size of the table and the position the bicks reminds me of an sawyer anvil...

4 hours ago, Frosty said:

Welcome OC, glad to have you. Nice anvil,

Thank you Frosty, glad to be joining the forum!

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The raised face and lowered bicks were a known pattern; I have a page from an old catalog showing one. described as a double horn smith's anvil. (English I believe due to the use of "vice" and on another anvil the description "Coachsmith's Anvil'.)  It however does not have the "French" hardy hole.

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2 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

The raised face and lowered bicks were a known pattern; I have a page from an old catalog showing one. described as a double horn smith's anvil. (English I believe due to the use of "vice" and on another anvil the description "Coachsmith's Anvil'.)  It however does not have the "French" hardy hole.

Do you have a picture of the page?

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I wish I knew; I have the single page that was reprinted in a tool calendar at least 40? years ago.  It doesn't even list the company that produced the calendar!

The portable post vise stand shown in the upper right is particularly interesting: White's Patent Portable Vise

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2 hours ago, JlBlohm said:

It is a yorkshire pattern with some french features. Very interesting...

Cool, it'd be worth it to see the look on people's faces when you told them you have a 252 lb. Yorkie and beat on it with a hammer.

Frosty The Lucky.

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I did not use it yet. I bought last week and was untouched for a few years I think. I only removed the old ugly paint.

What is special about a Yorkshire pattern??

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