Being that this tools origin was a teaching college, it should come as no surprise that there are some flaws in the working surface. I suspect that there may be a few others that I might want to get at a later date.
I haven’t been able to determine what this is, because it doesn’t seem to match what English anvils use as a “hundred weight” indicator. Vulcan produced anvils from 1875 to 1969, so this doesn’t jive with the condition and history. I don’t see any need for paint on a working anvil (or vise for that matter).
I’ve gotten some really good “side deals” on stuff that wasn’t going to make the trip.
I mentioned that I was looking for an anvil to the guys on the listserve, and this showed up in my mailbox.
I have a length of 1″ square stock that might be used to make a few tools for the Hardy hole. Most of the anvils you see for sale are sway backed mules, some with close to an inch of drop on the center of the face. In researching Vulcan anvils through some of the Blacksmithing forums, I get the impression that Vulcans are sneered at by serious iron workers due to their construction.
Some believe that a truly “good” anvil must “ring”, which would indicate it is forged steel.