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I have this Joseph Wilkinson anvil I inherited. It's obviously beat xx xxxx. I'm assuming from looks and research it's a wrought iron base with tool steel top that has been chipped off. Is there any way to fix this, it seems like too much to build up with welds? Could I break the rest of the face off and reweld a tool steel face on? Should I just put it aside and find another anvil? 

Your images were 42 x 56 inches and over 35 megs each. They have been reworked to less than 25k each and reposted.


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Unless you are experienced in anvil repair, just set it aside. There are many threads on repairing/restoring anvils.

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This is sort of the type of question that if you have to ask the answer is no.  They refaced an anvil as a demo at Quad-State one year; used a group of smiths whose experience totaled in the centuries and it still took them 4? times to get it to work.

On the other hand you have a horn and hardy hole, so you can get a big chunk of steel to use for a face and have a "complete anvil in two pieces"!

The earlier anvils had the face welded on in several pieces, I think I can see one of the seams on the edge of what's left.

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