I picked up this swage at a yard sale last summer. Below, from the Cyclopedia of Modern Shop Practice (Chicago: American Technical Society, 1907):
The bottom swage is designed to fit into the hardie (or hardy) hole in an anvil. Below, more from the Cyclopedia:
In my neck of the woods, I've heard the round "spud hole" referred to as a "pintel hole." Below, also called a "Pritchel hole."
|The Village Smithy Tools and Processes. Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, 1980's.|
I love the way that anvil weight is measured. Interestingly, in this 1907 American book, they use the British "long" or Imperial hundredweight (cwt. -- centum weight) of 112 pounds (or 8 stone) rather than the "short" hundredweight or "cental" of 100 pounds more commonly used in the U.S. and Canada.
Below, more anvil tools:
|Hubbard Cobb (Editor). The Complete Home Handyman's Guide. New York: William H. Wise & Co., 1949.|
Below, some blacksmith-made tools I've collected: two hammer-heads, a screwdriver, a C-clamp and a wrench. It never ceases to amaze me what these guys could make from scratch!