Posted 10 years ago
I like old tools and never pass up a little anvil (3.5") when I see one at a reasonable price. I usually try to ask the person I get something from if there is anything they can tell me about it. Sometimes I am surprised by a story that gives an otherwise average item a life of it's own.
The lady who owned this little brass anvil, told me it was made by her mother's cousin in the 30's as a shop project at Manual Training High School in Louisville, Ky. He then went to Perdue and then to Officer Candidate School at Annapolis.
As a brand new Ensign he was lost at sea when the convoy he was in was hit by a typhoon. He was in the ward room when his destroyer, USS Hull, went down. She thought 2 ships went down in that storm.
Having the history of an item sometimes makes all the difference.