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Sovie Miniature Anvil Collection


Bill Gichner Iron Age Antiques

1998 and 2001 Gichner mini brass anvils

Gichner Miniature Advertising Collector's Anvils

Photos provided by Ken Skaught, Medallion Estates, digitally processed by Jock Dempsey.
Grid is 1" (25mm) square behind, and 1/2" (13mm) lines below. No dimensions provided.

"Wild Bill" Gichner was a fixture in American blacksmithing before the explosion in modern blacksmithing and despite his often outrageous pricing. Along the Eastern seaboard he was THE guy to go to if you were setting up a blacksmith shop. Everyone that knew or did business with him has a Wild Bill story to tell. Bill Gichner passed away on December 8, 2004.

Bill's anvils were sold as advertising anvils FOR collectors. Every couple years he had a new pattern made to "mix things up".

19th Century German style brass anvil for 1989.

American Pattern, perhaps a Hay-Budden for 2001. Face and horn finished. The hardy and rarely seen pritchel hole are nice touches.

While these better than average miniature anvils are not currently selling at very high prices. These might be a good investment to hold long term.


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