The anvil is an uncommon charge, but can be seen in the canting arms of families with the name Smith or names which sound like “anvil” such as Anvaile.
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Anvil: this charge appears to be borne but rarely, and annexed is the form it takes.
Per chevron argent and sable, three anvils counterchanged–Smith of Abingdon, Berks.
Azure, an anvil or–Arnulf.
Gules, a smith’s anvil argent–Anvaile or Anvil.
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Anvils. These are occasionally met with, as in the case of the arms of a family of the name of Walker, who bear : “Argent, on a chevron gules, between two anvils in chief and an anchor in base sable, a bee between two crescents or. Mantling gules and argent.” Crest : upon a wreath of the colours, on a mount within a wreathed serpent a dove all statant proper.”
A Complete Guide to Heraldry; Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1909).
Originally posted 2010-11-20 10:37:43.