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Ancient German Art Anvil (Amboss)

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Ancient German Art anvil with face.

This is a very rare bench or traveling anvil probably made in the Ausberg and Nuremburg, Germany during the 18th century. The seller was located Near Bavarian. Lake Constance, Germany. The anvil is now in a U.S. collection.

The anvil is very like one in a Nuremburg museum (B&W image below). Ausberg and Nuremburg were big high art metal working centers in the 18th century.

Photo provided by John Catchings


  • Length 19.5 cm (7.68")
  • Width 9.5 cm (3.74")
  • Height 13.5 cm (5.32")
  • Weight 9.5 kg (21 lbs.)

Nuremburg Anvil The anvil to the left is a museum piece very similar to the anvil above. These anvils are similar enough that they were probably made in the same shop, possibly by the same smiths.

The sculptural parts of these are worked both hot and cold.

Image, anonymous low resolution source

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