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Chain Makers' Anvil

Chainmakers Anvil

Chain Makers Anvil

The hole through these anvils is used to support a beckorn (beak iron) or chain swage that is wedged into place. These tools look a little like an upside down parrot's beak and have rounded surfaces to dress the weld on the inner surface of a chain link. Matching top swages on hinges were also used to finish the shape. The hardy hole would often support a bending fixture.

  • Dimensions:
    • Height 10" x Width 4-1/2" x Length 27-1/2" (254 x 114 x 700 mm)
    • Base = Length 15" x width 10-1/2" (381 x 267 mm)

  • Weight: 228 lbs. (104 kg)
Chainmaking in the Black Country
Chainmaking in the Black Country
A brief history of chain making and methods used in the 18th and 19th Centuries. By Ron Moss
Review with supplemental photos by Jock Dempsey

The Ferdinan Anvil Collection
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