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    Posted 1 year ago

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    No markings on the anvil. Forged from 5 pieces, no pritchel hole. Not entirely sure who made it or when, but thought to be German. Was bought in east Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. History prior to that unknown.

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    1. AviGoodman, 1 year ago
      Does anyone know who might have made this anvil or when?
    2. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Welcome to CW AviGoodman! :^D Nice Anvil, but if you could an indication of size, and a front and back view could help also! Thank you for showing, someone here may be able to help! Good Luck, and Take Care! :^)
    3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Here's a link that may help, or be able to help:

      Thanks for looking! :^)
    4. AviGoodman, 1 year ago
      Thanks! It weighs about 345 lbs. I'll get a picture of the back when I can. It's smooth with no marks though. I read in that link about the development of the church window anvil, and the double horn church window, but no mention of a single horn church window. Does it seem likely that it was developed around the same time as the double horn church window design?

      Any idea when German anvils started getting a pritchel hole? I know in England they started around 1830.
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      On the anvils4sale site, there's this:


      It has a drop down list of other Anvils, and at least one single horn church window is there. If you contacted them they may give you the information that you want! Good Luck, if you give it some time on CW someone will probably know, sorry though, I not that person, and would like to find out too! :^)
    6. AviGoodman, 1 year ago
      You have been extremely helpful. Thanks!
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      Most people don't know that "real" anvils are wrought iron and not cast iron, so they are really tough. A S. Afrikan friend told me about coming home to their farm and found that their "local" hands had broken the horn off of his big anvil. Said none of them wanted to admit to it. He told them he wasn't mad at them, but he just wanted to know, HOW ? LOL !

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