This is a rare never used anvil with its original paper lable.
The Fisher-Norris anvil was made by casting a cast iron body onto a steel plate creating a weld between the steel and cast iron, something that is not normally possible.
The method is covered by a patent and required some trade secrets to be successful.
The face plae extends over the horn and the tip of the anvil is all steel.
This manufacturing method avoided the labor intensive methods of making a wrought anvil and thus was considerably cheaper.
The face weld on these anvils do not seem to fail any more often than steel faced wrought anvils but when they do it is more catastrophic and not repairable.
The cast iron body deadens noise and thus the Fisher became the "quiet" anvil and is in much demand today for this reason.
Field photo by Jock Dempsey