From the Josh Greenwood Collection.
This beautiful little anvil is from the 17th ot 18th century. Note the clear "R H II ?" marking.
It is believed that this is a "Richard Hill" anvil as there was an anvil and vise maker of that name in Birmingham England in 1777-78 and
an Isacc Hill (probably a son) Anvil maker in in Digbeth, Birmingham 1816-17.
This anvil plus hammer, tongs, pipe tuyere, and bars of iron came with the blacksmith to Maryland in the 1690's "to start a forge in the New World".
The anvil style goes back to the medieval and renaissance period.
The style of this anvil is ancient and still manufactured and used all over the world by a variety of craftsfolk.
In Spanish this is "el yunque", German "Stiftanboß", in French "Tas pour ferblantiers"
- Marking : "R, H II (Probably for Robert Hill)"
- Age : 17th or 18th Century
- Dimensions :
- Face 5.38" x 5.5" (137 x 140mm)
- Body 6.25" (159mm)
- Shank 2.5" sq. x 5.5" (64mm sq. x 140mm)
- Weight : 53 lbs. (24kg)