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Tim Lonnee
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Haven't posted much lately. Kinda busy taking care of family problems.Sickness and all. Did pick up an old anvil on the route. Looks like it says Mousehole on it. Haven't cleaned it up yet, but the gent said grab your cart and get it out of here.No charge!Good bounce back to it and doesn't ring as loud as the Hey Budden. Only about 125 lbs but still a beauty.Never heard of a mousehole anvil. Any info would be great. No pics yet but soon as I can figure out how to get them on I'll put them in if ya like. Have a good one....... Tim

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Good score, Tim! B)

 

Mouseholes are probably the most common English anvil, along with Peter Wright. Made between around 1794 (possibly as early as the late 1600s, but not recorded as an anvil maker until 1794) to 1933.

 

Shoot a pic of the trademark stamping and the general profile including the feet and I'll figure a date for it. :)

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Shoot a pic of the trademark stamping and the general profile including the feet and I'll figure a date for it. :)

 

 

Alan, you got a thing for feet? :D

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Only on anvils, Samothy. :rolleyes::lol:

 

Mousehole switched from the early sharp-edged feet to more of a PW-type foot over the course of a few years in the later 1800s.

 

You are talking about the little "step" on the feet right?

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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Nope! Pre-1860 or so Mouseholes were built up out of several pieces, including four individual feet. Once you see one you won't forget, they're basically triangular extensions of all four corners of the main anvil body, nicely fullered and forged into smooth curves except for the ridgeline of the corner, which runs all the way to the bottom. On the ca 1800-1830-ish ones they do make a sort of apron across the front and rear, but before that they are very much separate things.

 

There's a similar one, a William Foster, pictured at http://www.anvilfire.com/anvils/af_anvils_006.php. This one looks like a post-1830-ish Mousehole.

 

The pre-1800 ones like like this one: http://www.anvilfire.com/anvils/af_anvils_003.php.

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Tim, i have been worring about you. Good to see you back. You got a good anvil there. They guy I bought mine from collects those.

 

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