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Hey 1goldsniper... believe what you got there is a stump stake anvil, an old blacksmith tool ... you'd pound it into a good stump and use the rounded head as an anvil for shaping metal. If you look close, you'll see one in the illustration below.

Nice find!


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More info:
You'll find them called stake anvils, mushroom anvils, domed stakes, etc... when the shaft is squared off to fit a hardy hole of an anvil, they are referred to as mushroom or domed hardies.

They were used from the early days of blacksmithing for working sheets of silver, copper and brass, for tin smithing, and shaping metal plate to make armour and such...

a few pics from around the web...

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