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Antique Blacksmiths Stake Anvil

Antique Blacksmiths Stake Anvil


Photos from Ted Mays, Tool Collection Tour   Antique Blacksmiths Stake Anvil

This is a very old blacksmiths stake anvil. The pattern dates from the 1500's or earlier. This is a fine museum or collector's piece. For more information see Antique Stake Anvil in the Emerald Koch Collection

Blacksmiths stake anvils serve a number of useful purposes.

  • They were an auxulliary anvil to heavy forging anvils that often had no horn.
  • The slender arms are useful for shaping rings and collars.
  • In small shops that did occasional light forging or riveting they may have served as the only anvil.
  • They are the precursors to specialized sheetmetal stakes and served for that purpose until the late 19th century.
Stake anvils range in weight from 30 pounds to over 100 pounds. The heavier stake anvils often served as general purpose anvils in the field.

  • Forged Wrought Iron and Steel
  • Round Horn 6" long (note crack in tip)
  • Square Horn 8" long
  • Length approx 15", 3" wide and 22.5" tall
  • Large hexagonal shoulder and heavy bullet shaped shank typical of very early stake anvils.
  • Weight 47 pounds
  • Good condition for its antiquity.

Antique Blacksmiths Stake Anvil

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The crack in the tip appears to be a weld seperation or cold shut between the steel top surface and the wrought iron body. This is not a significant problem if the tool is to be used for light duty such as in a museum reinactment situation.

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