It is my understanding that the anvil is wrought iron with a steel face.if this is correct, does anyone know how thick the steel face might be.

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I realised this almost straight away, and started doing research on different types of anvils.

At the time (1999) the only Australian manufacturer had just shut down, and the only imported model available was the excellent, but expensive Peddinghaus.

However there still remain some non-blacksmithing units to complete before I graduate.

The main item of tooling in any blacksmiths shop is the anvil.

I don’t see those flats on this anvil which may be a clue.

I would say it’s a Trenton or Arm and Hammer, possibly Hay Budden. There aren’t any ledges on the feet that are also typical for Peter Wrights. I found that if the degree on the wedges is too much they will spit out like pumpkin seeds.I think the first number is hundredweight (112 lbs? As far as the condition of the face, I'd suggest calling some machine shops to see if any of them reface anvils. If the base cast iron portion of the anvil is in good condition, a new face and a dressed horn will put you in business. Concerning how to tell the weight, just place it on some scales. Jayhawk John Athens, Ga Personally, I wouldn't mill the face.First of all, the steel face will be very difficult to cut without expensive carbide cutters and probably cost you a bit of cash.Would I be better off welding the dings and then milling, or should I leave it as is?Also does anyone know how to interpret the weight stamp? Thanks for any help / advise Brian I had a Peter Wright of about the same weight.can always try asking at luck, and enjoy Ok, Personally I would just grind it carefully with the soft disk on a side grinder if not too bad. if the first number is 1.does mean 112#s ( English hundred weight) The second number which is located in the waist of the anvil goes in "quarter" weights..number should be no higher than 3 The last number is actual pounds. oh and if the middle number is higher than 3, then it probably isn`t a Peter wright, but an "american made" or an anvil made by say an english company for an american company. It is stamped "PETER WRIGHT PATENT" The weight is 1 2 16 =184. It gives off a beautiful ring with the slightest tap of the hammer. Also there is a 1" tapered hole on both front and back of the waist, and a rectangular hole on the front of the foot.