|Dennis G (Dennisg)
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 7:36 pm: |
Hello to all.
Well I am a lucky man in that I was given an anvil for free, but as the saying goes "nothing in this world is free" and this anvil was not.
The anvil was a "blow out". During the casting the mold moved and thus I had a large amount of metal on the shoulder and waist that needed to be removed. With the use of zip cut and grinding disks I now have a fairly nice looking anvil, all that is left is the build up and hard facing.
The "ID" part is somewhat simple. On the side that had the blow out it says 100LBS, on the other is says STANDARD IRON WORKS, easy to read. What I would like to know is if anyone knows about these anvils or where I can get more info. about them. I have found 2 possible companies, standard iron works in PA that mentions only structural and rail road work, and one called standard iron works and wire ltd that do structural. Neither company have any info about making anvils.
|Ken Scharabok (Ken_scharabok)
Post Number: 364
|Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 4:32 pm: |
At one time there were something like 6,000 foundries in the U.S. A goodly percent of them would of have the capability to cast anvils. Likely there were patterned after an existing brand, with the changes being made to take off the existing logo and substituting their own.
May have been a prototype which wasn't produced. May have been an individual mold maker's effort.
Standard Iron Works is not mentioned in Anvils in America. Would be surprised if it is in More on Anvils, the follow-on due to be published in the next year or so.
You likely have a one-of-a-kid.
Did you try the dropped steel ball bearing test? Drop one from 10" and measure rebound at several places on the anvil top and horn. The higher the rebound, the better quality the anvil composition.
|Dennis G (Dennisg)
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009 - 2:09 am: |
Here are a few pics of the anvil after I cleaned it up. I did try a grind testing on it in the dark, got a few sparks that were short/medium and had a good spark on the end, like a cross, not like when I am grinding steel.
BTW, the markings under the name is BB14. The bounce test I did was with a 3/8" 1/4oz bearing from 10". From horn to holes was 6 1/2", 5 1/2", 6"