Miniature & Salesman Sample Anvils
& Vintage Small Anvil Paperweights
I like miniature antique anvils. I use to buy and sell a lot of them. Real examples are
hard to find and there are far more new and reproduction miniature anvils on the
market than there use to be which has dampened interest and hurt this
collectible in more ways than just the value. Just look at eBay and
you will see what I mean. Hundreds of new and reproduction anvils
can be found there. Many offered as vintage or antique using the
definition of older than some. I still like real ones though.
Vintage & Antique Small Anvils
I am particularly interested in small anvils that have
some sort of interesting characteristic, be it raised letter advertising, or incised
lettering, dates, or other info cast or inscribed on the anvil.
Other similar interesting features that
I especially like are antique advertising anvils from old time 19th early
20th Century businesses or salesman sample anvils from actual anvil makers
of full size anvils like Hay Budden, Fisher, Wright, and others.
I like anvils
have information or figural scenes and dates cast or impressed into the
sides of the anvil. Typically these miniature anvils are about 4" or so long and a couple of
inches tall. There are exceptions with both larger and smaller
examples that are going to be
of interest as well.
small vintage anvils were made for a variety of reasons. Some mini
antique anvils were given out or
sold as souvenirs at the early Expositions that were
once a large part of the American scene back in the late 1800's and into
the early 1900's. Examples would be the Columbian Exposition, The
San Francisco Expositions, the Chicago Worlds Fair and others.
anvils were sold
as souvenirs at fairs or commemorative events like the one just above
has 1776 on one side and 1876 on the other, thus
commemorating the first American Centennial.
Many companies that dealt with
tools, forging, casting or with other iron products produced
small anvils as advertising or as giveaways / paperweights for their customers. These are
of special interest. Some are very detailed and well done.
Some of these early anvils were made of the material that the company produced, like
those that say they are made of babbit / lead, the material used for the bearings in
large machines of that era. Others are made of brass, aluminum or copper,
and can be found marked or not. Some are cast, and others are machined.
Some are also plated.
Some vintage miniature anvils were made by individuals as gifts or remembrances, and
well made examples of this type anvil are of interest as well. Many of the nicest unmarked examples were
projects by students in machinist or tool making classes at vocational schools around
the country. Still others have been made from the scrap derived from
famous buildings or ships that were demolished for one reason or
another. I have had several over the years that claimed to be from
the wreckage of the warship the Maine or other navel ships that were
Other small anvils were made to be used by Jewelers or clockmakers and the
some of these can be very nice as well. If you have any
of the above mentioned small anvils you would like to sell, or I can help you
sell please contact me. I sold my last little collection
of them, and you can see a portion of that in the sales archive
section of this site.
There are a flood of reproduction and new miniature
anvils available these days.
The styles I like seem to be the ones that are
being reproduced in the largest numbers these days. Some are nicely
and well done by what I will call mechanics here in the US. Other
lesser examples are
coming from China, India or Pakistan in huge numbers and are just a sign of the
times. Some are very well done, some are so poorly done it is sad. These include the new John Deere anvils found with raised letters,
and others such as the Cal
Poly anvil with the bear, or others from the same
mold / factory.
There are examples of NEW anvils being sold right now on eBay of some of the
best known original and valuable anvils, and they are, I
assume, collectible in their own right given the money they sell for, but that is not what I am looking
The small brass give-away
anvils with the slogan about "Compliments of" or "To
our Friendship" stamped into the top that were popular giveaways in
the 60's / 70's. These small anvils very common and an example of the sort of miniature anvil
worth little and are not of interest.
The above miniature / salesman sample anvils are
an example of the
caliber, condition and quality of these vintage anvils that we are interested in
buying & selling. To get a sense of values click the above link,
or go to eBay to see what they are currently selling for.
If you have quality antique or
vintage mini anvils similar to those that you see
on this page that you want to sell, please contact us at
providing as many details as possible. Thank you!!
To see many other examples of antiques
that we have for sale please go to our sister site
at www.Patented-Antiques.com and
visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.
Larry & Carole