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Trenton Anvil

Richard Cox

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I just inherited an anvil from my grandfather.  On the side it says "Trenton-- Solid Wroght --USA.  On the base is a W113 and A17717.  I would appreciate any information as to the age of the anvil.  Thanks in advance for your timely response.

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Why don't you take this to the Tools and Tool Making section and either Alan Longmire  or Geoff Keyes, can tell you more about the anvil!! 

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Some pictures would help.  Trenton is good brand, but condition is important.



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I said that.


If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

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So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.


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I moved this to the proper place, so: the serial number seems odd, because Trentons (made by the Columbus Forge and Iron Works) didn't use the "A" prefix, while Hay-Budden did.  However, it clearly says Trenton, so dropping the A gives you a date of 1900 plus or minus a year according to Anvils in America.

This is pretty early in the company history, so it will have a cast mild steel base,a wrought iron top half, and a tool steel face.  It should also be stamped "Buel Patent" between the feet on the same side it's stamped Trenton.

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  • 1 year later...

I was just given this anvil yesterday without knowing anything about it. Guess I got a great deal. It is in great condition. I talking to a co-worker yesterday and he said he a anvil just laying in the back of is shop and didn’t use/need it. He asked if I wanted it and me being in need of a newer anvil that had corners and flat top jump on it. He had painted it I guess. Any ideas of an age?







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  • 2 years later...

My grandfather has an anvil and he was wanting to know more about it. Is there anything anyone could tell me about it? It's a Trenton. It has the numbers 180 and 204532 stamped into it. Thanks for any help.







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Nope.  He got screwed.  I hate to see the elder generation get taken advantage of.  I'd be happy to buy it off of him for the $300 he paid so he can get his money back. :D:ph34r:

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That's not as good as the one for free, but in my not so humble opinion, you're grandfather made out like a bandit.



HELP...I'm a twenty year old trapped in the body of an old man!!!

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