To me the markings look like "SOLID WROUGHT" written in a circular
pattern. This type of marking was used by various manufacturers so, I
believe, is not conclusive evidence of a particular maker, although the
most common would be Peter Wright.
Where was the weight marked on the anvil? Where the numerals close
together or spaced further apart across the anvil?
How many handling holes are there? What are their shapes and location?
I'm of course not speaking of the hardie or pritchel holes.
Can you describe the shape of the feet? Especially if there's a flat
surface across the the top front and top rear feet.
Can you post more photos if needed?
I only see one picture but it's a very good image. I'd say from that
it's not a Peter Wright as the weight is not laid out in the English
stone weight form I see on all other English anvils. Additionally if
it were a PW it would have 4 handling holes (including the one on the
It looks US made and either cast steel or iron.
Can you describe the bottom on the anvil, in detail?
It is a forged anvil. The holes in the front, back and bottom are called
porter holes and are there for porter bars to hold the avnil with while it
is forged under a steam/power hammer. It has a PW look to it, but the
marking of weight in pounds makes it unlikely. There were forged anvils made
in the US, so that is probably where it came from.Any more than that go to
the book Anvils in America.
Might better hold paper over it and move a pencil over the figures.
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Are you sure that's 124# ? Old anvils were often marked in hundred weight
(112#, if memory serves). The first number is hundred weight, the next is
quarters of a hundred wight and the last one or two is remaing pounds. So
an anvil marked 124 (if math and memory are correct) would be 172#..
Aside from that, sorry can't help.
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