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Definitely a Hay-Bud. Looks like 86 lbs from the factory. Might have lost a few pounds since then, but a great anvil, and a good size for hauling around. Remember, no grinding. Polish the top with hot metal, wire brush the base if you want.

Steve

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No painting either.  If I am looking at an anvil for sale and it's been recently painted I wonder what they are trying to cover up---like looking at a used car with "no accidents"; but one fender (or more), has been repainted?????

Remember the market is for anvil users.

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Once you own it you are welcome to paint it; just the seller should not paint it as it can be construed as possibly hiding problems.  The old "pig in a poke" problem.

Also what the seller thinks is the appropriate colour(s) might not go with what the new owner thinks is appropriate.  (Would it be OK if I painted the inside of your house using my color scheme?  My rental had been painted walls and ceiling with a flat bright yellow---it was so cheery it made me want to commit seppuku.  Even though it was freshly painted, we received permission and repainted several rooms in light green and blue to make it "survivable".)

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I wondere why zee Seller can not paint his own property, and zen sell eet?!?

I have a brush and many colours on my pallet. What coloure would you lykeh, chartreuse or burgundy? 

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Your anvil, you can paint it anything you want, including plaid.  When it comes to selling that anvil the buyer may object as some sellers may use paint to hide flaws in the anvil, and therefore cast a questioning eye towards yours.  Your call.

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thanks for all the replies I’ve tried to get the serial numbers where I can read them no luck one pic below is after wire brush and other is with effects on phone trying to get it to show better any ideas how to get them to show up thanks again 

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I may be wrong, if I am someone will be along to correct me, but I believe HB went to that horn shape and the tool steel upper in 1913 or so. The logo style may also help determining a date but I don't have any info on the different logos used. 

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What I was getting at was that a seller may not wish to spend more time and money making the anvil such that a buyer will be willing to pay less for it.  Just as we advise folks to NOT grind or mill the face smooth and flat and with sharp edges. I myself am willing to pay less for an anvil that looks like someone is trying to hide something---bondo anyone?

Once you buy it; you can do whatever you want with it; (and I have seen some very odd things done with anvils!)

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But of course. Always with me the shot in the dark at comedy relief and the reference to Peter Sellers, but alas we have been, how do you say, out moded.

Hiding flaws in items for sale is not the best business practice.

Au revoir.

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