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Andy Mason Tool Collection

Strange English Mystery Anvil

Photos provided by Andy Mason, UK, digitally processed by Jock Dempsey.

Recently Andy went to the scrap yard to sell some scrap metal. He came home with this ancient heavily corroded old anvil.

We know this is an anvil. The general shape is that of a hornless or "double arch" anvil. The feet are those of an early 19th century anvil. It is taller than normal but still "anvil" shaped. It has not been abused other than the heavy corrosion and one corner being bent, probably at the time it was scrapped.

But what are those notches in the sides for? Why are they not symmetrical? Were they for bracing the anvil, fitting attachments, making it part of a machine?

A possibility is that it was designed to have ledges to work over. Another suggestion is that it could be used on its sides. Is the shape cut into the left side (as shown) part of a large hexagon?

Definitely a conversation piece.


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