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Mousehole Forge by Richard Postman

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An historical treatise about the famous Mousehole Forge near Sheffield England, where anvils and vises were manufactured for hundreds of years.
Mousehole Forge is said to be the first and longest running anvil factory in the world. -anvilfire guru
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This is an historical treatise about the famous Mousehole Forge near Sheffield England, where anvils and vises were manufactured for hundreds of years. Mousehole Forge is said to be the first and longest running anvil factory in the world. -anvilfire guru

"And yonder stands old Mousehole Forge
In dingy honours dres't,
Famed in the days of good King George
For anvils, England's best."
With these words from Rivelin By Joseph Senior (1819-92), Richard Postman opens his latest ode to the anvil and once again makes a major contribution to the blacksmithing community.

This could, I suppose, be called a coffee table book. Certainly it is lavishly illustrated. Nearly all of it's 108 pages has one or more sketches, photographs, or reproduction of old advertisements.

Starting with the story of how he met his co-authors John and Julia Hatfield and chronicling their restoration of several of the original buildings of the Mousehole Forge in Sheffield, England, Postman does his usual thorough job of introducing the colonists to the origins of so many of our favorite anvils. In the process, he corrects some errors that had in-advertently crept into his seminal volume, ANVILS IN AMERICA.