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Old German style anvil - Photo from Anvils in America Ancient anvil
Color photos of two Colonial "church window" anvils from back of color slipcover.

Anvils in America by Richard Postman

564 pages, Sewn hard cover binding, color slip cover, over 700 illustrations, published 1998.

Jock Dempsey of says,
This book is huge! (11¼ x 8½ x 1½ inches and almost 5 pounds!). When I ordered this book I thought it was a little pricey but after getting my hands on it I realized that it was worth as much as any of the $200 references I have bought from ASM!
Anvils in America includes many anvil manufacturers logos as they changed over time and approximate dates of use. It also includes rare difficult to find serial numbers of several makers with time of manufacture.

Many rare and unusual anvils are shown shuch as the huge bridge anvils used in rairroad shops and in oilfields, chainmakers anvils, sawyers anvils and double arch anvils.

Fisher-Norris Chainmakers Anvil photo by Jock Dempsey Chainmaker's Anvil
Late Fisher-Norris anvil photo by Jock Dempsey Late Fisher Norris anvil with paper label.
Example photos above from by Jock Dempsey

Anvil lore included in AIA covers true stories and fiction. Anvil shoots gone wrong and what happens when you put too big an anvil in a compact car. . . Also included are the humorous anvil post cards by Gill Fahrenwald.

How anvils were made and many anvil manufacturing patents are found throughout the book

The only complaints about this book is that once a blacksmith or tool collector picks it up they cannot go to sleep until they finished it! A wonderful gift for a blacksmith, historian, tool collector or reenactor.

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Berrien Springs, MI 49103

ISBN: 0-9663256-0-5
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