Anvil, c 1890.
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This anvil was used by a blacksmith who worked at the Portslade Forge in Portslade, near Brighton. Blacksmiths work iron and steel while it is hot and they use a variety of tools in conjunction with an anvil to hold the hot metal and to cut or shape it. They continually adapt tools or make new ones to suit each piece of work. Iron is used for economy because it is easily worked. While steel is used to make tools that must be stiff or hard.