Richard Postman thinks numbers such as 96 (unrelated to weight) may have been, "...steel heat numbers, indicating a steel mill run of a partiuclar lot of steel. I also found another anvil in an old auto junkyard. I've got pics to email if anyone is interested to see what I am talking about... In other words, is it proper to find just any old hardy tool of the proper size, and use, or should I look for particular hardy tools? 175 pounds is a just about an ideal size for general blacksmithing. I went to frank turley's school in the late 70's and have had probably 50 plus anvil since then, and will continue picking them up. Please contact David Pennington 503-851-9685, also anything more of related equipment. Hi Ken Maybe you can help me regarding restoring old blacksmithing tools that are rusty and would like to bring them back to something with patina and still useable, without just wire brushing them down.
Should a group of anvils made from steel with the same heat numbers prove to be defective, they could trace the steel used back to the particular steel mill or supplier." Usually they were stamped on the opposite side of the anvil from logo and weight. It is about the same size as my Hay Budden 100lbs but has no name or numbers on it. I don't know much about different hardy tools that are available, so if anyone could give me a list of a few basic hardy tools I might need, I would VERY much appreciate it. Large enough to be a solid mass under the work, let still light enough to cover around when needed.i have a lakeside anvil.serial number 163936has a 102 stamped under the logo,a zero on the horn side with a tapered hole & a 39 stamped on the left bottom depression appears to be a hourglass shape which would make it a hay-budden.believe it was purchased in montana prior to the 1930'you find a date of manufacture? I would like to buy some imformation regarding dates and styles of the more popular ones. thanks dave HI Ken: I have a postvise that says Trenton N. July 21 1866 and June 11 1867,with the number 62 and one half stamped on the bottom.
At one time postvise (like anvils) were sold by the pound.
It looks to have a separate plate welded on top about 3/8 to 1/2 " thick. If I could find some basic hardy tools to go with my anvil, it would be COMPLETE!! Paul: I'm sure an anvil expert will be along shortly to tell you all about the pedigree of your anvil. You will have an easier time using a sledge hammer for part of the forging, but it isn't necessary. thanks again, dave"THE" anvil reference is Anvils in America by Richard Postman. However, you can also purchase an autographed copy directly from Mr. Could you give me any information as to who made it,or any other particulars. My guess is the vise was made by the Trenton Vise and Tool Works, Trenton, NJ.
The Hay Budden anvil seems to be generally considered the best made of that genre of anvil... That size is VERY nice, so congratulations on acquiring such a nice tool. They will perform better and you can make any sort of hardy tool you can ever imagine. Go find a truck axle that is bigger around than your hardy hole. According to an 1888 brochure reprinted in Anvils in America by Richard Postman they made solid box, cast, parallel, swivel, coach, rapid transit parallel and coach vises.
However, if you see a serial number on the front foot it is by one of the three. It occurs to me that you might not have noticed the message posting dates, such as this one here. What is known as 'the London pattern' lasted for about 120 or so years.
In the later years these were provided by a separate vendor and were usually not wrought iron, as was the top half.
Thanks, Kai In all likelihood a Trenton from the Columbus Forge and Iron Co. They also used serial numbers starting with A, although Richard Postman doesn't know why. After the dusting and better lighting in the shop it was easier to see the Trenton in the diamond. Happy forging, Kaiken, this is dave pennington,and iv!