My Boker Trenton Anvil
According to Anvils in America Columbus Forge and Iron Company imported their anvils
for fifteen to twenty before 1898 under the diamond shaped Trenton trademark. They
have a very distinct Peter Wright like base with the steps on the feet projecting outward
and the anvil weight is always between the legs on the side of the anvil. Hermon Boker
used his German business ties to manufacture the earliest Trenton's overseas and imported
to the United States. They were a solid wrought iron base with a hardened steel face that
looks very similar to a Peter Wright. In fact, Peter Wright may have even made the bases
for these anvils but there is no factual evidence to support this notion other than the
striking similarity of the foot steps.
My Boker Trenton is one of the early ones measuring 10 3/4 inches high by 25 1/4 inches
from the tail to the tip of the horn. It has the four handling holes, has "Solid Wrought" on
the side, has a flat base that is hand forged, and has the weight (179) on the side. My
Trenton has some alterations that were intentions to the side with the Trenton logo and I
believe they were for specific work that one of the past blacksmith owners was doing. I
do not plan on refacing or taking any machine tools to "perfect" the edges or the face.
This anvil served at least three to four blacksmiths before me and they saw fit not to
dress-out the imperfections so I indent to continue that tradition. Mine has some sway to
the face in the sweet spot, but I'm learning to work with it having a square swage-like
block of metal that is perfectly flat if I need that kind of surface, otherwise my old gal
Trenton works just fine.
Flat Forged Base
Trenton Diamond Logo with Solid Wrought Stamp / 179 lb Weight Stamp Between Legs
Faint "1" Stamped Back Foot