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Unusual miniature brass Samson Anvil with steel face

Samson Miniature Brass anvil with rare steel face.

Unusual miniature brass Samson Anvil with steel face

Photo from Vern Kelderman, Catalog cuts from anvilfire collection.

As miniatures go this is highly unusual to see one with more than one part and in this case advertising the steel face of the anvil. Sampson anvils never became very popular and thus there are few to be found.

The Iron Age, Volume 55, June 27, 1898

The Van Wagoner & Williams Hardware Company, Cleveland, OH and 14 Warren Street, New York, announce a new anvil. It is called the Samson Anvil and is illustrated in the accompaning cuts. Figure 1 gives a general view of it and Fig. 2 in outline indicating some of the features of its construction. The face of the anvil is a crucible cast steel, much heavier, the company remarks, than that generally used. The horn has a solid point and the facing is tough untempered steel, with a long heavy shank welded underneath to the steel facing. Figure 2 shows the facing plate extending into the anvil. The body of the anvil is tough cast iron, and the point is made that the facings are very thick and heavy to secure strength to the anvil and also solidity and durability to the parts in general use.

The manufacturers state that owing to the novel patented process and to the skill which is used in the welding of the heavy facings to the cast iron they are enabled to produce and anvil which will successfully stand the most severe use. They refere to the anvil as combining an unusually handsome design with great strength and a very fine temper and finish, the face being true and highly polished. Their aim is to furnish an anvil excellent in every aspect and at a low price. Every anvil is guaranteed.


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