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Found Objects, Collections & Tools :: The Anvil Page

Anvils....ahhhhh, a subject we can all warm up to. The anvil forms the basis of production for working with iron. There's a long and arcane history associated with these things, and believe it or not, there are a lot of 'experts' on this topic. I know this because I actually spent a fair amount of time researching the issue, (mostly out of boredom), back in the mid-90s.
The number one avnil in my collection is this Peter Wright 135 lb. anvil, cast in England, probably late 1800s. It belonged to Charlie Storm, who lived on Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence RI. Charlie owned Ace Body & Radiator on Charles Street in Providence, and over the years banvilpageuilt all manner of things automotive - engines, body and chassis, suspensions, etc. He was also an accomplished blacksmith, and the wear on the surface of this anvil speaks to years of heavy pounding. (it also suggests he should have had a heavier anvil.)

Charlie passed away when I was traveling in Europe and Africa, on the Second Great Tour, and years later his widow sold me this anvil. I had it for over 15 years when we lived in East Providence, and had it shipped to Richmond in 1995.

It is presently sitting in my driveway. It last saw action during Field Day of The Past (Fall of 2004).
Peter Wright.

I have four or five other specimens kicking around - there's also a broken Fisher Anvil (below) that's rather interesting, dates from 1904. Mostly all found objects.

Another more common anvil is seen in this example of a piece of rail road track - in this case a piece of West Virginia coal mine rail. Distinctive for it's low profile, massive web section and oversize bulb rail, this section of Number One steel rail is fairly well indestructible.
West Virginia.
This specimen is a small European, possibly German, pattern anvil that I brought back from France on one of our subsequent trips back to visit Micheline's family. I bought it at one of the mega-stores (Carrefours) sometime in the 1980s. It has the double horn pattern - one tapered square and one tapered round. This is considered a bit more versatile that the curved horn of the traditional English or American anvil. It is mounted on a log stump.