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I assume this is some kind of torch. What was it used for? 

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Is that one of those “fire drippers”? Some type of oil inside. When it’s lit you hold by the handle so the spout is pointing down. You adjust the valve so the oil drips out slowly. The oil is on fire and the drops continue to burn on the ground to start a fire. Used for prescribed burning.

I have no idea. That’s just my guess. Looks cool.

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Gasoline torch, you would use it just like you use your propane torch today.

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4 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

Gasoline torch, you would use it just like you use your propane torch today.

Kinda sorta, but ya see the hook on top and the notch in front??

Used a lot to heat soldering coppers too.

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15 minutes ago, kevinj said:

Kinda sorta, but ya see the hook on top and the notch in front??

Used a lot to heat soldering coppers too.

Thats what i use my LP torch for sometimes. I have a couple big ones for syrup pan repair. 

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Antique soldering unit. Could be used with an iron as well. 

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51 minutes ago, MarkG said:

Is that one of those “fire drippers”

Drip torch, we use them for setting back fires.

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I have one....somewhere...

Used them on my grandfather’s farm when they butchered pigs to burn the hair off them. Fueled with what was called ‘white gas’ - basically un-leaded.

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This came from my in-laws. They did live without outside help back 70-100+ years ago. They butchered their own animals and had a sap house

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I had uncles who were plumbers back in the '50s and '60s and remember them using those to sweat copper.  Never used one myself but my aunt gave us one for a doorstop.

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yes i have heard they were used a lot for sweating copper also - see them all the time around here at antique shops

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Grew up with one in the 50s, pour in white gas, pump up for pressure, regulate with the tap, kul but drained off fairly fast.

another memory was the Coleman  gas stove, red white gas tank, finger pump and presto flamo.

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I had a larger version that was used for paint removal. If it's cold you pour gas in that little trough and light it to warm the nozzle up enough to atomize the gas under pressure.  If I can find it I'll take a pic and post it.

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handy for setting trailer houses on fire whilst thawing frozen water pipes.😬

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This one has been hanging on my parents chimney for my entire life, there used to be another, not sure where it has gone. 

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Looks to me like a standard gasoline powered blow torch. They were mostly used to heat soldering irons used in the copper  roofing business. The loop on the top is used to position the iron in the flame. Were also used directly to solder radiators and pipes. Most farmers had one when I was a kid in the 50's. They were replaced with propane torches and electric soldering irons.

The electric version of the soldering iron is still used to make up  battery cables.

I have attached a photo of ours.

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Yep Oleman said most of what I was going to as far as what the hook is for. My antique tools book shows a few different torches, two gasoline which Bitty has the first variation. My grandpa has one or two of these torches. There was one on the last Farmall Land U.S.A auction that sold for decent money too. 
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