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Chris Niemczyk

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  1. I just found an interesting little bit on the Tillotson company. Tillotson.pdf
  2. Thank you Alan. It was a lot of work, but I'm just happy to have figured out who made this piece of history. C. Craft, thank you for that info. I appreciate that.
  3. Well, after hours of tedious work, I've been able to finally pretty much identify my anvil. It is a Tillotson. I was able to pull out the letters LOT on the first line and EF E D on the second line. Also the X and the right side of the heart. And after searching on line, I found someone else that has a Tillotson that has the number 2 on the front foot.
  4. I've been working on my anvil. Mt daughter and I tried the silly putty trick the other night, but that didn't work. She then tried a few tricks of her own, which involved a little bit of sanding and using a pencil. Although that didn't really work either, I've slowly been sanding lightly, and I've found another line of letters. I almost think that I can see Sheffield on the second line. I'm still at a loss as to the first line, which I know has an L. I've got to admit, this certainly has been a challenge.
  5. Ok, I didn't think of that using different filters on the camera. I will have to try that as well.
  6. I did try the paper and pencil rubbing, but to no avail. I think I have managed to find a letter "L" for the most part dead center of the anvil on the right side. I will try to focus on that area and see what I can find.
  7. I actually do have a hot glue gun, so I could do both methods.
  8. No, I haven't tried that yet. I think that I will try that technique. I just got Postman's books on mouse hole forge and anvils in America. I've determined it isn't a mouse hole because the stone weight is stamped on the left side. I have been able to narrow the manufacturing of it between 1830 to 1850.
  9. That is really awesome to know. Oh, it will be used well. Thank you for the welcome.
  10. Very cool. So you're thinking it's probably a mouse hole anvil? I really wish I could pick something up on the right side so it could be possibly dated. The history of these old anvils really interests me, and I can't wait to hear it sing again. Thank you for the info Alan, I really appreciate it.
  11. Hello all. I am new to this forum as well as knife making. I'm getting all the things I need to get started slowly. I just got my anvil this past weekend from New York. I have tried all the tricks I can think of to pull any maker's marks off the side, but I'm afraid it is too far gone. I tried flour, chalk, paper and pencil. That marks are on it is the hundred weight on the left side, it is 1 2 14. That converts to 182 pounds, and a digital scale had it at 180. There is also a mark under the number 2, it is three horizontal lines and another line going from the top line, on its left corner, towards the bottom line, on its right corner. I'm not sure if this was made during manufacturing, or if it's proof marks from a chisel. There is a hand punched name on the bottom right side that is upside down to the anvil. It says J. Gray. The only other mark I can find is a stamped number 2 in the middle of the front foot. I've posted pictures of my anvil. I look forward to hearing from anyone that can help and I'm excited about getting into this new adventure.
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