QcMoON
I just got this new anvil not long ago and was told it was over 100 year old I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about it? Thanks Anvil 2.jpeg  anvil 1.jpeg
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Hank Rearden
First welcome the The Iron Forge Fire. Next it looks like you have a nice 127 lbs. Mouse Hole anvil.
Armitage anvil were made in England. circa 1820to 1835.

Numbers: 1 x 112 =
  0x 28 = 0
15 x 0 = 15

  112+ 0 + 15 = 127lbs

Here's a few links for more information on your anvil.
http://www.mouseholeforge.com/
http://www.abana.org/resources/discus/messages/4/442.html?1368672490

Richard Postman has a great book on anvils if you can get it from a local library it's worth the read.

Are you new to blacksmithing? Would love to see what's hammering you to get a new anvil under break the ice forum http://www.theironforgefire.com/?forum=320938

Welcome again Looks like a good anvil with a lot of use left in it.
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QcMoON
HI and thanks you for this information on it. Yes I am new to blacksmithing as a hobby for now. Would you know how to remove old paint from the anvil? I don't know if its lead paint or not, is it safe to use paint stripper on it? Thanks for your reply [smile]
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Hank Rearden
Join the club. There are a lot of hobby smiths out there. I find using the forums a good place to ask questions and share ideas as well as find inspiration. Remember safety first. I hope you share your difficulties as well as you victories to help others become involved with the craft. I'm hoping to forge tongs this weekend with my children and nephew. I think letting them hammer some could spark their imagination and interest as well.

I think if it was painted prior to 1978 it probably is lead based paint.
Here are a few methods to remove paint.

Removal

There are several ways to remove lead-based paints:

  • Wire brushing or wet hand scraping with the aid of a non-flammable solvent or abrasive compound. Liquid paint removers can be used on small areas, such as windowsills, doors and woodwork. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels before purchasing and using. It is important for workers to use personal protective equipment, such as gloves, safety glasses and disposable coveralls when using some paint removers.
  • Wet hand sanding and/or power sanding with HEPA filters. Only wet hand sanding and/or an electric sander equipped with a HEPA filtered vacuum attachment should be used. Dry hand sanding should never be done.
  • Heat stripping, using a low temperature (below 1100 degrees F) heat gun, followed by hand scraping. Heat guns pose a fire hazard, and make lead dust and vapors, so they should be used only by experienced workers wearing respirators.

The following methods of paint removal are hazardous and in some communities illegal, and should NOT be used:

  • open flame burning or torching;
  • machine sanding or grinding without a HEPA attachment;
  • abrasive blasting or sand blasting;
  • power washing without a method to trap water and paint chips.

Exterior work should be done on calm days, and wet-misting or vacuuming should be used to control lead dust and paint chips during removal. The ground around the building should be protected with heavy (6-mil) plastic sheets. The outer edges of the sheeting should be raised to trap dust, debris, and liquid wastes. Wastes should be disposed of properly, as described below.

As far as the anvil is concerned with the heat method, you don't want to overheat any particular area of the anvil because it might change the temper. Looks like stripper might be a good choice.

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Hank Rearden
After you clean up your anvil can you post some photos of it? Do you plan to keep it bare and /or use a rust inhibitor?
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QcMoON
Thanks for your ideas, I will do it with some stripper  I was planning to use a clear rust proof paint just on the sides and under the anvil and leave the top bare. I will post pics of it after I'm done with it. I was planning to do my first set of tongs this weekend to!! ll post some pics of it if I have time to do it this week end!! Let me know how yours comes out [tongue]
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Hank Rearden
Is your anvil done?
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QcMoON
Almost, I did not have the time to do it all this summer I was busy with something else. Ill continue after the winter. the top plate of it is cleaned up good only the horn still needs work [tongue] Thanks for asking !!
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