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I need help identifying this anvil please


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Old 08-28-2016, 09:52:17 AM
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Please let me know if you know what kind of anvil this is.
It looks to me like it is marked BB&CO on the front. The bottom of the anvil has an hourglass shaped depression. On the front bottom left it looks like a Z 123 and on the front bottom right it looks like A23812
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:54:07 AM
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Here are some more photos
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:55:10 AM
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Default Re: I need help identifying this anvil please

And one more for a size reference.
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:46:10 AM
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Sorry I can't help you. That is a great looking anvil. Thanks for sharing with us.


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Old 09-03-2016, 11:11:27 AM
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Default Re: I need help identifying this anvil please

Suggest you go to anvilfire.com and ask the same questions. Alternately, arrange an interlibrary loan at your local library for "Anvils in America" by Richard Postman.

In brief, your anvil is painted (never a good sign, often paint hides problems), appears to be a forged anvil (wrought iron or mild steel body, steel working face forge welded to the body), from the lines it suggests a 20th century manufacture, made in USA, not marked in the hundredweight system which also suggests 20th century manufacture. Anvils are not antiques until you get into the pre-1800s manufacture, they are a tool and not a reference plate. Do not grind the surface (belt sanding OK), that can ruin an anvil (ruin the surface plate) and, like I said, they are not a reference plate, they are for beating iron. With big hammers. Embrace the pits, and a slight bow in the surface actually helps when straightening iron. From the size, looks like 100-150 lbs (weigh it on your bathroom scale).

If I was to guess, looks like a 1920s-1930s(?) farm or small shop anvil, possibly part of a farm blacksmithing kit as sold by Sears&Robuck, Monkey Wards, etc
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It looks like a Trenton Anvil. The diamond imprint is a signature of theirs.
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:06:37 PM
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The Bostwick & Braun Company in Toledo, Ohio was a large hardware supply house. They may have had anvils with their name on them.

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Thanks for the help guys. I ended up building a 12x16 metal roof lean-to on the side of my shed. I cleaned most of the paint off the anvil, buried a large chunk wood in the ground and mounted the anvil to it. I built an overly large hood over the forge and piped up the champion 400 blower to it. I have only made 1 thing so far but plan on teaching myself the trade. It is a lot of fun.
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more photos. One of these shows the anvil on the log before I stripped the paint and mounted it.
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This is the only thing that I have made so far. It is a twisted bottle opener made from a rail road spike. I got it too hot in the forge. I learned a lot and I think the next one will turn out a lot better. Anyone have any advise on what I should try to make next to learn some basic skills?
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Default Re: I need help identifying this anvil please

Drill 5/8" holes with a spade bit and you can use railroad spikes to hold the anvil tight to the stump. Looks a lot more correct.

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Old 01-10-2017, 11:19:58 PM
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I plan on doing that. I have to find some more rail road spikes first. The lag bolts are temporary. Thanks
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