This is an extensive and impressive research piece covering how anvils were made, who made them and where. There are dozens of old anvil advertisements and hundreds of pictures of anvils with explanatory text.
Richard defines the 17 distinct parts to an anvil. He discusses weights of anvils and how they were marked. He also discusses how to date an anvil and the reasons for so many anvil patterns and types. Discussion on material and manufacturing process are well covered. This book is a must for the blacksmith and the collector.
Jock Dempsey of AnvilFire.com says,
“This book is huge! (11¼ x 8½ x 1½ inches and almost 5 pounds!). When I ordered this book I thought it was a little pricey but after getting my hands on it I realized that it was worth as much as any of the $200 references I have bought from ASM”!
564 pages, Sewn hard cover binding, color slip cover, over 700 illustrations, published 1998.