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Forum topic by RRRinPA posted 07-25-2016 04:20 AM 1294 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RRRinPA

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07-25-2016 04:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: anvil identify help cast iron

Hi folks,

I just uncovered this buried in my back yard. It’s about 12”x18”x2” and cast iron. Very heavy. A previous owner had a forge in the shop (now my woodshop). Any ideas?

Thanks,

RRR


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#1 posted 07-25-2016 04:25 AM

mahogany?

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 01:46 PM

Don’t I wish! Closer to ironwood, alas.

RRR

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#3 posted 07-25-2016 01:50 PM

It’s some kinda of mount or keeper for a chain.I don’t know what’s it’s called and I don’t remember where I’ve seen one.
Sorry.

Aj

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#4 posted 07-25-2016 02:10 PM

Naw, it’s a gun port for when the bad guys try to sneak up on you.

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 02:19 PM

might be either to mount an anvil onto the stump/base..or

top or bottom half of a mold. placed on top of a mold and weights added to keep things in place during the pour.

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#6 posted 07-25-2016 04:24 PM

Try googling cope and drag.

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#7 posted 07-25-2016 04:44 PM

Pretty funny. If you drag and drop that image into the google image search it says “best guess: metal” and then lists wiki links for rock metal bands.

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#8 posted 07-25-2016 07:11 PM

It looks like something from a ship, probably something to do w/ the anchor chain, like Aj2 mentioned.

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#9 posted 07-25-2016 07:27 PM

Looks like some type of ballast weight—maybe for a tractor.

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#10 posted 07-25-2016 07:44 PM

Not a clue. But I bet it could be real handy for something. anchor for your boat, a weight for gluing laminates and such? Life preserver for your favorite inlaw.

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#11 posted 07-25-2016 07:49 PM

I’m thinking a weight for the front of a tractor as tmason suggested.

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#12 posted 07-25-2016 08:33 PM

I would venture to guess its a crude swage block.

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#13 posted 07-25-2016 11:12 PM

Before patio umbrella bases became all fancy-schmancy, they used to be simple cheap plastic cover with a heavy chunk of steel under it for ballast. I bet that’s what this was.




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