A great reference and research book for people wishing to know more about anvils around the world. You will understand more about the anvil then your own hot iron. It is an extensive and impressive research piece covering how they 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.