Let me introduce you to my newest baby in my anvil collection. Nah...I don't really have an anvil collection but I do have the mama...
...my 173 lb Hay Budden anvil.
But, back to baby...
Baby is a railroad track anvil, made from...you guessed it...railway track. It's a terrific anvil for my bench because it's fairly small; about 12 inches long. This one was in outstanding condition (and has a lovely ring!), especially considering it's age...which is the best part about baby.
Baby is dated 1916 via this certificate the owner attached to the bottom. Frank A. Lay was a bridge carpenter and switchman for the Southern Railway Company, out of Birmingham, Alabama.
It shouldn't surprise me that this anvil is in such great shape as Frank appears to have been the meticulous kind of guy that took good care of his things and saved important papers.
Baby came with a leather wallet filled with Frank's pay stubs, receipts and other important stuff. I'm so thrilled with this find and to know the history of my rail anvil.
She's in good hands, Frank! xxoo