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Hi my wife bought me this for christmas and i collected it a couple of days ago, while cleaning it i found some makers markings but cannot decipher enough to find out who made it. It is very heavy but doesn't seem to have a weight stamp. From what i can see it has an anchor logo then below is

* (possible Y) ARD (L/E) (L/E) * & CO

below that i think is either YARD or just the same stamp as top line but slightly accross as i can see & CO again but offset to the right


WARRENTE ** possibly warrented or warranteer?

Nothing on this line that i can see but i guess it should say something due to spacing

E R  -   i guess this is what it looks like and is for the queen so post 1950s

It has a square hole in the base and through the waist. Any help in identifying this would be greatly appreciated thank you



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When you photograph a logo on an anvil, it is best to use a point or strong light from a low angle to the anvil. This created a shadow across the marks depression in the metal. 

A pencil rubbing on a piece of paper sometimes reveals details you may have missed.

Pay the anvil on its side and dust the logo with baby powder or flour then lightly brush off any excess leaving the depressions of the logo to catch and reveal the logo.

Use all three and compare them.  Usually you can get most of the details.

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Luckily you don't need to know the name of the maker to use an anvil.  I can say it looks to be a traditionally made English anvil and if it passes the bounce and ring tests a very nice one.  I hope you got here something special too!

Has the face been ground on? It looks quite smooth for the amount of use the edges show.  I hope not; as that decreases the value of it as it decreases the thickness of the working face.

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I tried the light from many angles and this was the best i could get, haven't tried a pencil rubbing or powder yet but will do tomorrow. Thank you for the tip.

As far as i can tell it hasn't been ground at all, i gave it a quick run over with a wire wheel on the face and horn only a brush on the side. I'll go over the whole anvil with the wheel as soon as i can and might be able to get more details out of it.

It rings nicely all over not too long and not dull but a nice pitch, seems to have a good amount of bounce all over too. Any ideas of material? I assume forged steel as it doesn't have raised cast markings and seems pretty hard all over

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Thank you, hopefully while cleaning it up i can get some more detail on it and be able to research it's history. Then try and get it on a scale as all i can say at the moment is it must be close to 100kg

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Thank you i have read lots of the post on this site over the past year or so and have found it very useful, I've updated my location now and read the tips.

Did a pencil rubbing today and unfortunately only the same detail came out, same results with a higher power lightsource from multiple angles as well so think there is no more to be seen than what I've got.

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