Here’s a lovely 298 pound forged French double horn “Pig” anvil. So called due to it’s four individual feet, low squat body and adorable curly tail…horn. Forged in France in 1837.
So what makes up a French anvil? Well first of all, there are many different styles of French anvils. Single horn, double horn, hornless…etc. Some have feet, some have a solid body, some are a completely different shape altogether, there is too many to accurately list. In the case of the “pig” style, it is usually identified by a few trademark characteristics; The (four) individual feet, a very short and stout body, a very wide face, and quite stout and robust horn(s). Compared to a 298 “London pattern” this anvil is likely 2-3” shorter. It also has a face that is likely 2”+ wider as well. Many French “Pigs” have (cursive) writing on the front stating who the maker was as well as the town of manufacture, and the year and usually the weight in kilograms.
This anvil has a drop down to both horns. Rebound is good and the face is clean with minor pitting. It has a side exit hardie hole and a pritchel hole on the square horn. The edges are very clean and useable. The front of it has a lovely chased “mustache” around the feet and a elegant crease forged in above it. Dated 1837, and also stamped 137K for Kilograms. (1KG = 2.2 pounds) There is faint stamping of where a makers named was in cursive, though it’s difficult to read.
This anvil is for sale, $1900 obo. Located in Milwaukee, WI. Local pickup is welcome, or we can arrange shipping on your dime. Interested persons please email us at email@example.com for additional pics.
Reposted from @cergolforge
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