Letter "V" on a huge old anvil

An auction is coming up. It is something unusual, because most of
their stuff is huge 1940s machines. I have never seen so much old
stuff in one place. Anyway, I no longer buy anything for resale, did
not need those machines, so I just carefully went through everything
just in case if I can find something that I would want for myself.
One item attracted my attention, it was a huge anvil:
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It is hard to guess its size by just looking at the picture. My best
guess, looking at the cart to the right, and the shear behind it which
should be about 4x4 feet, is that the anvil is between 2 and 3 feet
It has a letter V cast on it.
Would anyone be able to recognize who made it and what would I expect
to pay for it. Also, how much could it weigh? It is a couple of hours
away from me and preview is not practical.
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My guess is 350 pounds and that it is 3 feet long or a little more. The "V" could stand for Vulcan. It looks to be in pretty good shape from here. It looks about the same size as the one I use at the Minnesota State Fair. You can see a bunch of anvils if you go to my anvil page at: >
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If you do, be sure to read the text! Sorry that I don't have a scale in the pictures. Maybe I'll fix that in the future.
You didn't ask, but used anvils routinely go for $2 per pound, with really good ones or especially collectable ones going for $3 or more.
There are many new anvils being manufactured these days, so if a person wants one, they don't have to find an old one if the need one.
Pete Stanaitis ----------------
Ignoramus18870 wrote:
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Very nice.
I kind of like that one, there is a top tool steel plate forge welded on it, etc and it seems to be in decent shape. I have a few days off work that I could use until the end of the year, and traveling to get that anvil would be a good way to spend one such day. I will bid on it.
Thank you.
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That's a nice looking anvil, although probably not a Vulcan. Vulcan always used the "Arm and Hammer" logo (never a "V") which was also used by (oddly enough) Arm and Hammer. Also, generally speaking, the Vulcan bases and top plates were much thicker than shown in your pic.
I could find no other references to an anvil marked with a "V."
For an unknown manufacturer: $1.00/Lb. max.
If I was buying this for my own use I'd make the trip.
dennis in nca
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Clearly an ACME, the V marks the spot where the coyote is supposed to stand prior to it landing.
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I think you may have started something here:
Hay -Budden (and perhaps Columbus Forge) built anvils for Sears around the turn of the (19th-20th) century and Sears used the name "Acme" on their anvils. Unfortunatly they only used a small "Acme" as their logo.
However, while looking this up I see there was a company, around the same time period, by the name of Village Forge who also had their anvils produced by Columbus Forge. Although I've seen no record of the logo used I would note the pattern of Columbus Forge anvils looks very much like the one in iggy's photo.
My best guess at this time then would be it's a Village Forge anvil, produced for them around 1900, or shortly thereafter (maybe "The Roadrunner" ordered one because Sears was out of stock?).
dennis in nca
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Hmmm. My ACME has just that stamped in an arc in the side. I'd long wondered where it came from.
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